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Irungu Kang’ata under probe over missing Ksh 46M bursary funds

The Senate has ordered Auditor General Nancy Gathungu to conduct a forensic audit into missing Ksh 46 million allocated to Murang’a county government.

The report is expected to be before the County Public Investment and Special Funds Committee in 60 days before cross examination kicks off.

“I direct that this matter be taken to OAG for forensic audit. If the (OAG) report is negative, the committee will move to ensure the entire team in the office at the time is held liable,” said the committee chairman Godfrey Osotsi.

The news follows the summon of Murang’a Governor Irungu Kang’ata to explain the discrepancies in the County Education Scholarship Fund.

It was during the probe that Kang’ata failed to explain the missing funds which stood at Ksh 221 million meant for different schools within the county as at the the end of June 2021 when Mwangi wa Iria was the Governor.

In his schedule, it was established that Ksh 267 was disbursed thus leaving a gap of Ksh 46 million. In addition to the variance, the Governor did not reveal the number of students who received the funds raising concerns over alleged ghost students.

“Where is the Sh46 million? You cannot declare disbursement of Sh221 million in your financial statements yet on the supporting schedule, it’s Sh267,” said nominated Senator Tabitha Mutinda

In his defense, Kang’ata said he was not in office at the time and that the difference occurred due to under-absorption of the bursary fund.

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