In Summary
  • There were also similar problems in the procurement of motorcycles.

  • The auditor raised concern over purchases based on expired contracts and overpricing, resulting in a loss of Sh174.6 million.

  • Irregularities in the purchase of shoes were evident right from the stage of procurement of the footwear for the police.

The Auditor-General has unearthed irregularities in the procurement of shoes for the police, with purchases beyond the approved amount and falsification of some documents.

The Interior Department might have lost Sh175.9 million while police officers had to buy shoes for themselves or were stuck with old ones in a situation described by the Auditor-General as “pathetic and unpleasant”.

There were also similar problems in the procurement of motorcycles, with the auditor raising concern over purchases based on expired contracts and overpricing, resulting in a loss of Sh174.6 million.

The Auditor-General’s report will be scrutinised by the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, with the accounting officer expected to respond to the queries relating to the 2015/2016 financial year.

PROCUREMENT

According to the report, tabled in the House on Wednesday, the irregularities in the purchase of shoes were evident right from the stage of procurement of the footwear for the police.

While the ministry’s procurement plan showed that there was an approval to buy 26,500 pairs of shoes, payment vouchers showed that a supplier was paid Sh267.9 million for 78,000 pairs.

This means that 51,500 pairs of shoes were bought and Sh175.9 million paid in excess of the approved quantities.

EXTRA SHOES

The Auditor-General said when the department’s officials were asked about it, they stated that the purchase of the extra shoes was necessitated by the addition of 10,000 police trainees.

But auditors found that 4,000 trainees were at the Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo and 2,000 at the General Service Unit.

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