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Senators grill auditor over Sh5bn Health Ministry scandal

Tuesday November 15 2016

JOHN NJAGI
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Senators on Tuesday questioned an auditor over the Sh5 billion spending scandal at the Ministry of Health.

The auditor, Bernard Mucheke, is investigating misappropriation of funds at the ministry.

He told the Senate Health Committee, chaired by Wilfred Machage, that he raised the red flag over possible misappropriation of funds after identifying financial malpractices at Afya House.

Mr Mucheke said he raised issues about four payments amounting to Sh1.2 billion but the query was for "internal consumption."

He said he had difficulties accessing some of the payment vouchers from the accounting and procurement departments and to date has not received the vouchers

He denied leaking the audit report, saying he had been “insulted” over the perception that he is working against the government.

He said the audit was requested by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu.