Sep 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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How cops, telcos reaped big from 2019 census billions

Details have emerged of how the law was ignored in the 2019 census editions by the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics.

Security officials and telecommunications companies were identified as the major beneficiaries of the Aug. 9 Irregular Spending Billions of Shn were reported by the Auditor General.

A report by Auditor General Nancy Gathungu found that KNBS spent 500 million Shn million on security teams for the night of the census without any justification.

The office continued to give Shs 218 million. for data packets and transmission time, 38.8 million Sh. for SMS, 3.2 billion Sh. for enumerators, 1.2 billion Sh. for content supervision and Sh197 million. The personnel costs alone amounted to Sh 4.6 billion according to the audit, whereby the auditor expressed concerns that no details were given about the numbers in each personnel category. There were no details about the number of days worked and proof of the work done through signed attendance sheets for each person paid, ”said the examiner in her report.

She also pointed out the secrecy of the hiring of the census personnel and said it was not possible to determine how the teams were brought on board Supervisors and enumerators presented in the districts, “says the report on the KNBS books of June 30, 2020.

The 4.6 billion Sh. were excluding Sh 1.12 billion spent on village elders for nine days at a rate of Sh 600. per day, which the auditor believes was also unsupported.

“It is not clear how the village elders were identified in all 47 counties and later recruited for the census,” Gathungu said in her KNBS report .

“Although the management stated that the village elders are part of the national government administration officials, the lists were not provided for the audit by the audit.”

Regarding the security payments, the auditor says that there is no ag. was between the Kenyan Police Service and the bureau that reported the amount.

She said no details were given about the number of security guards deployed, their respective stations, the number of working days and the amounts paid to each officer .

“There were no daily registers to authenticate the identity of the officers providing the services at different locations as evidence of attendance, hence the justification for payment.”

Gathungu said the amount included Shill 10.07 million paid to non-security officials whose roles, details and reasons for their participation in the census were not explained or documented.

The management of KNBS also did not provide any information on the amount of data packets delivered by the various telecommunications providers, how much and how it was used.

The office, the audit found, gave Sh218 million for the purchase of SIM cards en, airtime, data packets from – from various telephone and Internet service providers.

“In the c Under certain circumstances, the accuracy and validity of the expenditure of 218 million Shillings in the 2019 census could be used.

The detailed inventory receipt of the devices and the output to the users were not provided for the audit review, the auditor said, questioning the existence of the devices.

On payments to elders, the auditor said that the ledger records were inconsistent with the M-Pesa payments to the group, adding that 45 counties failed to submit the documents for review.

Regarding the high level of inaccuracies in the data, statements from Nairobi and Nyandarua revealed massive anomalies indicating possible loss of taxpayer’s cash.

A deviation of Sh350,000 was not reconciled with respect to payments to elders in Nyandarua, where the ledger showed payments of Sh10. 2 million, but M-Pesa statements showed payments totaling Sh9.8 million.

The Nairobi records showed a variance of Sh6.3 million. with records showing that some village elders were paid twice, resulting in a double payment of Sh 1.9 million. led.

Gathungu, off the census, posted Sh150 million spending on research assistants for the Kenya Continuous Household Survey Program, Covid-19, and pre-feasibility studies.

“Management did not put proceedings to identify research assistants, the recruitment process and the number required for each survey. ”

The examiner said she was not granted access to the database from which management claimed to have extracted the list of research assistants .

Edited by Kiilu Damaris