CS now says auditor may have “double counted” in Sh5bn health scandal

The billion shilling ministry of health scandal took a new twist after the Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu on Sunday said that the internal auditor may have 'double counted' certain budgetary expenses, resulting to questionable figures.

 

The CS has now called for an independent auditor to be appointed in order to re-look at Sh5bn said to have been misappropriated at Afya House.

"Let him come and check the report and tell us if we might have missed something," Mailu said at a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters.

Faces behind the alleged scandal

Already, the ministry and the ethics and anti-corruption commission have constituted special teams to unmask individuals and companies behind the corruption scandal.

Cord leader Raila Odinga has linked President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family to the scandal saying one of the companies that benefitted from the transactions is associated with the President’s extended family members.

The company, Sundales International Limited, owned by Kathleen Kihanya, a cousin of President Uhuru Kenyatta, was paid Sh41 million in the transactions.

However, Kihanya has already come out to fight off accusations of irregular dealings with the Ministry of Health and maintained that all transactions were above board.

Another beneficiary of the money in the scandal is owned by the family of Mr Philip Kinisu, the former chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, who resigned in August to avoid scrutiny over its business dealings with NYS.

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