Governors fault IFMIS over loss of county funds

Governors fault IFMIS over loss of county funds

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Council of Governors chairman Peter Munya (middle) briefs the media at a past briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: The council of governors has condemned theft of county funds through the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

Addressing the press  in Mombasa on  Tuesday, Meru Governor Peter Munya who is also the chair of Council of Governors said that recently Kilifi County lost sh. 51 million through IFMIS system.

He however blamed the national government for what he termed as a “tried to force “,  for county governments to adopt and enhance efficiency in the management of public funds.

“Random samples from the 47 counties shows that in addition to Kilifi County, Siaya county was able to avert sh. 80 million worth of payment in the year 2014/15 financial year which was affected through system hacking. Eventually they lost sh. 4 million in the scam”. He blamed.

The council also proposed that there is need for a forensic audit and investigation on all county revenue fund accounts, development accounts and operational accounts domiciled as the Central Bank of Kenya to establish the exact status of the funds.

“This system if not properly secured the country will sink into a financial shutdown where money meant for service delivery will be stolen through the system.”Said Munya.

Munya also questioned the safety of money in IFMIS system,

“ What guarantee does the county have that this system is secured from cyber crime or internal manipulation by the system administrators at the National level? As users of this system, we are not guaranteed of confidentiality of the passwords”.