Machakos County failed to properly account for COVID donations – Auditor General

A past photo of a well wisher donating flour to Machakos county. (Photo - Courtesy)

The Auditor-General has raised concerns on the accountability of donations received by Machakos County in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a special report by the Auditor General, the county had multiple points of receipt for donations and purchases of PPEs. Romana Kimende the Chief officer External Resources Mobilization and Economic planning said that there was a committee in her department appointed for the receipt and issuance of donations.

Letters appointing members of this committee were however not availed to the Auditor General when requested for scrutiny. The national Government Auditor also found that the County Government did not keep proper records documenting receipt and issuance of the donations.

The report also notes that the store’s officers did not update the stores’ records upon receiving and issuing the materials and it was impossible to establish how many PPE had been distributed and how much was left.

With the advent of Covid-19, a lot of well-wishers came through to help counties and the National government by donating food and non-food items.

Missed our earlier story on Machakos County Government being put on the spot over irregularities in allowances relating to Covid-19, find it here.

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