More than sh. 30 M from Kilifi county government unaccountable, says EACC

More than sh. 30 M from Kilifi county government unaccountable, says EACC

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Kilifi, KENYA: Ethics and anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has launched investigations into the loss of more than Ksh. 30 million from the Kilifi county government account.

George Ojowi, EACC deputy director in charge of Upper Coast said on Sunday that a multi-agency team led by the banking anti-fraud unit had been sent to the County to follow up on the matter.

He said the Kenya revenue authority (KRA) and the Asset recovery agency would also chip in the investigations.

“The money was fraudulently wired from the Kilifi County Government main account to two companies early this month,” Ojowi said.

“We have already identified the two companies and we are now investigating to know who the directors are. The money was paid between 5th and 7th of this month with no record to show the companies carried any business with the County,” he added.

A source said someone logged in to the county government’s payment system using one of the senior finance officer’s password and paid the amount to the two companies.

The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it might have been an inside job as only few people know the password.

“I cannot say the system was hacked but it might be someone who has access to the officer’s log in credentials who decided to steal the money,” said the source.

An officer from the IT department is said to have raised the red flag after noticing the unusual transfer of the cash from the account.

The cash was mostly from the department of health’s recurrent funds.

The EACC said it is also investigating a water project in Mwawesa ward which used sh. 40 million and the Mtwapa bus park land purchase saga; where it is alleged an acre was bought at an inflated price of sh. 15 million.

“We are involving the ARA so that we can recover the asset of all those found culpable of the offences,” said Ojowi.

“We have gathered enough evidence that we would not like to let out to the public at this moment but will do sooner than later,” added Ojowi.