Four Cabinet Secretaries On Spot Over Disappearance Of Multi-Million Vehicles And Motorbikes

Cabinet Secretaries (from left) George Magoha (Education), Betty Maina (Trade and Industry), James Macharia (Infrastructure), and Mutahi Kagwe (Health). The Auditor General has flagged the ministries for the loss of government vehicles. PHOTOS | COURTESY

Four CS’s are in trouble over the loss of high-end vehicles and other transport materials under questionable circumstances.

The Education, Infrastructure, Trade and Industry, as well as Health ministries are on the spot for loss of state vehicles as revealed in new audit reports of the State Departments’ books of accounts for the year ending June 2021.

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu detected that CS George Magoha’s Education ministry in 2019 lost a brand new vehicle worth Ksh8.4 million that was stolen just days after its purchase.

“Available information indicates that the management acquired a project vehicle – Toyota Fortuner Registration No. GK B193V at a cost of Sh8,355,900 in May 2019,” Ms Gathungu said, “However, physical verification and motor vehicle records revealed that the vehicle was missing.”

According to the Auditor General, the SUV was purchased for the Easter and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE II) project under credit number 5798-KE.

“The Project Management explained that the vehicle was stolen, within days after purchase, in a carjacking incident and this was reported to the police,” said Ms. Gathungu.

“In the circumstances, the accounting officer may not have put adequate measures to safeguard project assets and consequently the citizens will not derive value from this vehicle.”

At the same time, another vehicle worth Ksh.6.5 million disappeared from CS James Macharia’s Infrastructure department.

The car of registration number GKB 211J belonged to the Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology and was reported stolen on July 3, 2020.

Two other vehicles of undetermined value went missing at CS Betty Maina’s Trade and Industry ministry.

In the Ministry of Health which is headed by CS Mutahi Kagwe, the asset register and asset verification report showed that six motorcycles and one laptop were reported to have been stolen.

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