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MPs told to cut budgets of thieving ministries - 1 months ago, 22 Mar 00:13

Otiato Guguyu

A policy think tank has asked Parliament to slash budgets of ministries facing expenditure queries by the office of the auditor general.

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) recommendations are based on an audit of four key ministries — agriculture, devolution, education and health — which account for a third of the national budget.

IEA Chief Executive Kwame Owino said in a new report released yesterday from its findings, the ministries had failed to keep proper accounts of their expenditure.

He said Parliament needs to use sections of the law to punish accounting officers who help syphon public funds while holding back funding for ministries until they account for lost funds.

“If you look at the NYS (National Youth Service) scandal, at the same time questions were being raised, Parliament was increasing their expenditure. We need to say that if you do not account for 56 per cent of ...
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