Jul 28, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Prisons bosses to face MPs over Sh6.2 billion tenders

The officials will face the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, to shed light on the outstanding bills, even if previous reports by an inter-agency team have dismissed some of the bills as inaccurate / p>

My Wandayi confirmed to the Nation on Monday that the committee would deal with the matter.

“The focus will be on the controversial outstanding bills of 6.2 billion Shillings and preferential treatment from some suppliers. This is a very critical matter, “said Wandayi.

” As mentioned earlier, the outstanding bills include long outstanding unpaid bills totaling Sh 6,212,289. Failure to pay invoices to which they relate has a detrimental effect on the provisions of the following year for which they must be invoiced, “says the auditor’s report for the 2018/2019 financial year, which is currently dated Committee under review h2> Questionable documents

The correctional service PS Zeinab Hussein, who appeared before the committee in February this year, informed MPs that some of the documents that the supplier had submitted to the prison department were apparently dealing with and confirmed their authenticity before release. Payment cannot be made.

She cited cases in which goods were requested using credit notes, which violated Section 58 (1) of the Public Procurement Act and the disposal of assets violates 2015, which stipulates that all offers must be in writing, signed and provided with a seal.

The special audit report of the cross-agency team also showed that no test and acceptance certificates as required were presented or attached to the payment receipts by law.

The multi-agency team, the official from DCI, EACC and The attorney general questioned the outstanding Sh6.2 billion bills and pointed out that prison stations were rejecting the outstanding vouchers.

The committee now wants a list of all suppliers who have been paying since 2009 when the bills came in.

A member of the committee who asked not to be named to anticipate Wednesday’s meeting said they will also investigate possible collusion between senior prison officials and suppliers, to defraud the public with dubious shipments of billions of shillings.

“Our main goal is to protect taxpayers’ money, if in any case If some people abuse their positions to pocket public money, they have to pay for it, ”said the MP.

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