IFMIS breakdown is a political mischief by national government, governors say

IFMIS breakdown is a political mischief by national government, governors say
  • The council chairman Peter Munya lamented that the Ifmis has not worked since Monday last week, disrupting operations across the 47 counties.
  • In the past, governors have raised concerns over IFMIS failure at critical points when the county governments are supposed to clear and make payments to their contractors.
  • Munya, who is Meru Governor, said the interruption of IFMIS system is a subtle attempt to slow down County governments’ expenditure as the general elections date draws nearer.
  • COG chairman Peter Munya has always insisted that break down of Integrated Financial Management Information System is not a good sign given the past problems of password mishandling and misappropriation of funds.

The Council of Governors (CoG) has raised a red flag over a deliberate attempt by the national government to slow down the spending of monies allocated to devolved units through Integrated Financial Management system (IFMIS).

In a statement to newsrooms, the council chairman Peter Munya lamented that the Ifmis has not worked since Monday last week, disrupting operations across the 47 counties.

Munya held that the disruption has affected county governments’ payments for emergency service delivery, development payments and payments of workers by Counties.

“The promise was that through IFMIS, County Governments shall have enhanced efficiency in planning, budgeting, procurement, expenditure management and reporting thus ensuring prudent disbursement and utilisation of resources. County Governments, when presented with the system were assured that it was fool proof, which is not the case,” Munya said.

Munya, who is Meru Governor, said the interruption of IFMIS system is a subtle attempt to slow down County governments’ expenditure as the general elections date draws nearer.

“Delivery of services to Kenyans cannot and should not be pegged on elections or any event for that matter,” the county chiefs held.

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In the past, governors have raised concerns over IFMIS failure at critical points when the county governments are supposed to clear and make payments to their contractors.

Last year in December, IFMIS which is a computer system that processes procurement and payments for goods and services bought by national and county government agencies, bungled for two days, halting all operations in the counties, including payment of staff salaries.

Further, the devolved units have on many occasions blamed the e-procurement system for mishaps, saying they do not have the personnel to operate it.

COG chairman Peter Munya has always insisted that break down of Integrated Financial Management Information System is not a good sign given the past problems of password mishandling and misappropriation of funds.

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