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Auditor-General ordered to give audit report on how all 47 counties spent Covid-19 funds

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Covid-19 has ordered Auditor General Nancy Gathungu to conduct a special audit on how all the county Governments across the country have spend funds allocated to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The audit, which is set to be conducted within the next one month is expected to cover the period from March 13, 2020, when the first Covid-19 case was reported to July 31, 2020.

The Auditor-General has been directed to establish the total amount of funds received by the County Governments, specific to Covid-19 activities, and the bank accounts to which the monies were deposited by the National Government, among other things.

The Senate further asked Ms. Gathungu to ‘establish whether financial and non-financial reports on funds from the National Government specific to Covid-19’ were produced every month.

She will also be required to establish whether the funds were spent in accordance with approved work plans, training plans, and procurement plans.

The Senate Ad Hoc also wanted the Auditor General to report back on any detected irregularities involving the misuse of public funds and identity-related weaknesses in management controls.

The Senate Ad Hoc has given the Auditor General until September 4 to finish the special audit, after which she will report back to the Senate.

According to the letter sent to the Auditor General signed by Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye, the report will be sent by email on the address to be received on or before Friday, September 4.

The committee is authorized to oversight actions and preventive measures taken by the National and County Governments in the bid to address the spread and effects of Covid-19 in the country.

The country’s Covid-19 cases have so far crossed the 25, 000 mark to hit 25, 138 after 727 new cases of the virus were reported today.

14 more fatalities were recorded today bringing the total number of deaths to 413.

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