Embu's bad bookkeeping led to double allowances, says EACC

Friday February 22 2019

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GEORGE MUNENE
By GEORGE MUNENE
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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has raised the red flag over the double payment of committee sitting allowances to Embu Ward Representatives due to bad bookkeeping.

The concern was raised on Thursday during the presentation of a Corruption Risk Assessment report on the systems, policies, procedures and practices of the county assembly.

The anti-graft agency found that some members of county assembly signed two attendance registers indicating they attended two meetings simultaneously, thereby earning illegal allowances.

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In a report delivered by Emily Chege, the Deputy Director for Corruption Prevention, the commission also noted that some attendance registers were not closed after committee meetings, leaving a loophole for absent ward reps to add their signatures and fraudulently draw allowances.

The EACC also observed that MCAs were allowed to sign the register after it was closed.