The office of the Attorney General Paul Kihara has been put on the spot over the whereabouts of Sh571.99 million that has been transferred to five public institutions.
The AG’s officer together with the Department of Justice is said to have transferred the money to the institutions which the entities deny receiving, according to the audit reports,
According to the report that was tabled before the parliament last week, the office of the AG transferred Sh2.4 billion to 11 institutions which are under the State Law Office in the 218-19 financial year.
However, the five institutions have confirmed that they did not receive the Sh571.99 million.
The institution includes the Council of Legal Education which is said to have received Sh210.46 million. The State Law Office claimed it transferred Sh370.56 million to the institution.
Out of the SH562.29 million, the AG claims gave the Kenya Schoo of Law, the institution said it only received Sh289.89 million. The office would not explain where the rest of the money was.
Kenya Copyright Board got Sh3 million less than the Sh124.58 million the AG’s office said it transferred while Business Registration Service only received Sh176.42 million out of Sh312.91 million the State Law Office claimed it transferred.
National Centre for International Arbitration got Sh100 million less than what the department claimed it had disbursed.
“In the circumstances, the accuracy of transfers to other government entities of Sh2,409,719,913 for the year ended June 30, 2019, could not be confirmed,” the report read.
Concerns have been raised on the increasing pending bills of the AG’s office. During the year under review, the debt increased by Sh10,28 million.
The increased wage bill came through despite the President’s directive to the government institutions to immediately settle their debts.
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“Had the bills been paid and the expenditure charged to the respective accounts in 2018-19, the statements of receipts and payments for the year would have reflected a deficit of Sh34,107,203 of the reflected surplus of Sh10,287,002 for the year ended June 30, 2019,” the report says.
The audit also revealed the main activities of AG’s office were impeded during the year owing to the National Treasury’s failure to release Sh367.78 million.
This resulted in under expenditure hence affecting the functions of the office had planned during the fiscal year.