Technical University of Mombasa on the spot over buying TV set for Sh 910,689

Technical University of Mombasa./COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: The Technical University of Mombasa is on spot over alleged misappropriation of funds.

According to Auditor General Edward Ouko, the public university spent sh 4.5million to procure 5 television sets implying the institution spent Sh 910,689 on each set.

Ouko’s report further indicates that the supplier delivered 65 inch-size screens which average for sh 160,000 a set instead of the 70 inch-size television sets in the supply order which was a breach of the procurement laws.

A 70 inch TV set averages for sh 170,000 in the Kenyan electronic market.

“The audit revealed procurement was done through requests for quotation contrary to the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005,” Ouko said in the report.

The Coast-based university could also not account for sh 6.3 million it claimed to have paid out as gratuities to staff with National Assembly Majority leader Aden Dual tabling a report that indicates further that the institution overspent on personal emoluments with a record Sh 294 million without any authorization.

The Technical University of Mombasa had a budget of sh 1.1 billion budget for personal emoluments during the year under review but spent Sh 1. 4 billion during the same period without any justification.

In the report by General Auditor, it states that they will have to re-think on the budget and allocate funds to more deserving areas

 “The funds could have been allocated to other deserving areas that would improve delivery of goods and services to the University. This may also be an indication of poor planning and the management may need to re-think on its budget-making process in view of focusing on more priority areas,” report reads.