THE Auditor General has revealed that procurement procedures and accounting regulations were flouted prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last November.
Probe reports of the MPs, the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority and a ministerial committee all concluded that there were irregularities in the CHOGM expenditures.
In trying to put in place facilities that would meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Secretariat, some decisions were hurriedly made which could have led to misuse of public funds.
Given the wide span of the activities, some ministries are reporting huge outstanding bills, while others have substantial amounts of money lying idle on their CHOGM accounts.
Irregularities were reported in the works ministry where contracts worth sh21b were awarded to companies without signing formal contracts. As a result the work done by some of these contractors was shoddy and the roads are already deteriorating.
Flaws were also noted in the procurement of some vehicles which were delivered without the agreed specifications.
Besides, the Government spent sh17.2b on investments in two private hotels. Another sh6.1b was spent on furnishing and sh15b on construction works of other private hotels
One of the hotels, however, did not accommodate any guests. Now the Government is proposing to turn the expenditure into equity. This is a risky venture. The Government should divest itself from the joint ventures in these hotels.
To prevent misuse and abuse, the government should take inventory of all the assets bought for use during the CHOGM.
Although hosting the summit was a daunting task, our taxpayers are keen to know how the over sh270b was spent.
The Ministry of Works should expedite work on unfinished CHOGM roads. Companies which did shoddy work and were paid should be blacklisted and money recovered.
Where there was loss of public funds, accounting officers, who were responsible for the disbursement of the money, should be held accountable.
A value for money audit must be carried out to ascertain the actual work done.
Time to account for CHOGM funds