Auditor turns the heat on CS over ‘leaked’ report

 

An auditor at the ministry of health has refuted claims that he leaked the audit report which showed billions of money could have been squandered at Afya House.

Instead, Mr Bernard Muchere who heads the ministry’s internal audit unit told senators that there are strong indications that Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu might have leaked the internal report at the ministry which exposed massive embezzlement of public money.

Mr Muchere said that he only shared the report with the CS on August 29, 2016.

He said he has checked all avenues in his office and found no evidence that the report was leaked out from his office.

He said no one has the password to his computer where the report was and as such it could not have been leaked.

“I can authoritatively say that the report never leaked from my office. I’m not aware who leaked it since it was only me and the CS that had the report,” Muchere told the senate health committee.

While conducting the audit, Muchere told senators that he alerted the CS on the diversion of Sh350 million to purposes it was not meant for, Sh515 million meant for National Aids Control Council and how Sh265m was paid to Cooperative Bank of Kenya.

The auditor said the interim report was purely meant for internal consumption and for planning purposes for the management.

“The CS requested me to carry out the audit and hand over the report to him. I did not share the report with anyone not even the Permanent Secretary,” Muchere said.

Mucherw said in course of conducting the audit, his office had difficult time in getting information from the accounting and procurement departments.

“We have not received any payment vouchers to date from the procurement and accounting department,” he said.

He said most of the contents of the report leaked out to the media were correct and tallied with his original report. The auditor noted that some information was added in leaked report that is not on his report. He pointed out that in his report he did not do any analysis of the owners of the companies of those adversely mentioned to have benefited from the Sh5 billion irregular payments.

“In my report, there was no analysis on the owners of the companies and therefore the media did not report correctly on that note,” he said.

He said the audit was not an investigation but was only meant to make the CS aware of what is happening at the ministry.

“This was a normal continuous exercise and the information was purely meant for the management and in this case the CS,” he said.

He told senators that before he completed his report, another team from the Treasury was brought in without his knowledge to start the audit again.

The Treasury team were given an office at the ministry headquarters at Afya House and they never reported to him.

He told the committee that had it not been for the interference from other auditors he would have completed his final report yesterday.

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