Machakos County Government is on the spot over irregularities in allowances relating to Covid-19. This was in a special audit report from the Auditor General for the utilization of 425 million for Covid-19 response from March 2020.
Health Staff lunch allowances
As per the report, 74 health care workers received 542,500 as lunch allowances yet they are not in the Machakos County Human Resource Master Data raising questions on who the actual beneficiaries were.
Inconsistencies in Payment records
The special audit noted that there was a discrepancy between schedules of payments supporting payment vouchers and actual payment to individual accounts. According to the Auditor, Health CECM Ancent Kituku was overpaid with 47,000 and Lucas Mwove 31, 500. The other officials Naomi Mutie, Morris Aluanga, Jackson Muthini, and Robert Maitha are said to have been underpaid.
Further, 526 people were paid allowances totaling 1.9 million but the payments scheduled could not be traced yet the source of the money was Covid-funds. 371 more people were paid allowances totaling 2.1 million but supporting schedules were not available for review.
In November 2018, Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua admitted that there are ghost workers in the county and promised that everyone who did not have an appointment letter would be sacked. The fact that several payments cannot be substantiated as per the Auditor General’s report could be a reaffirmation of the issue of ghost workers.
Payment of allowances to Non-Medical staff
According to the Special Audit report, 3 members of staff who are not medical staff namely Stephen Alphonce Kioko – Chief Driver Office of the Governor, Muinder Janeffer – Support staff at Finance Department and Wambua Jacob Nduki – Chief Driver Finance and revenue collection were paid 75,000 cumulatively.
Duplicate Payment of allowances
According to the Audit report, 4 employees were paid their allowances twice and the double payment resulted in over expenditure of 120,000. The said employees are Mbatha Martin, Mutunga Regina, Muia David, and Musau Michael Musyoka.
2 ward administrators were also paid the allowances twice using the same phone number in the name of Festus and Michael Mutuku. The auditor general also exposes double payment for Covid-19 National Team Allowances.