K31,100 illegally paid to 21 Govt officers



THE report of the Auditor General on the accounts for the financial year ended 2015 has revealed that Ministry of Finance last year overpaid subsistence allowances of K31,100 to 21 officers.

According to the report for the financial year ended 31st December, the ministry overpaid subsistence allowances to 21 officers who were entitled to receive K96,200 but instead received K127,300.

“Contrary to Public Service Management Division circular n0. B.28 2012, 21 officers who were entitled to receive amounts totalling K96,200 as subsistence allowances were paid amounts totalling K127,300 – resulting in an over-payment of K31,100,” says the report.

The report also shows that the amount had not yet been recovered by September 2016.

It also reports that during the period under review, amounts totalling to K41, 068 were spent on wages of casual workers without authority from Cabinet.

“Cabinet Office circular no. 12 of 2013 stipulates that in order to control the establishment, Government centralised the recruitment, selection and placement of all categories of its employees.

“’In addition, Government decided to place classified daily employees on the central payroll,” it said.

According to the report, a provision of K2, 159,078,743 in the estimates of revenue and expenditure for the year under review was made to cater for various activities against which to K2, 159,078,489 was released.

The revelations by the Auditor General arose from the examination of accounts and other records maintained at the Ministry of Finance headquarters carried out in August 2016.