Kenyan Health Ministry Detects Embezzlement Worth Milions

Edward OukoThe Auditor General of Kenya, Edward Ouko, denounced today that the Kenyan Ministry of Health is missing 11 billion shillings (109 million dollars).

According to Ouko, the missing money is attributed to some departments that merged in 2013, but did not move to the accounts of the new department created.

The report discrepancies, alleging that several offices did not provide supporting documents for expenditures totaling 40 billion shillings in the last five years.

This revelation may increase the concern among international donors who spend hundreds of millions on development programs.

However, the Health Minister, Sicilia Kariuki, downplayed the fact and argued that it was an accounting issue and that the finance department would respond appropriately.

The team assures me that money is not lost. It is a matter of documentation that dates back to 2012, he said.

Kenya ranked number 37 among the countries most affected by corruption, according to the 2017 report of the International Transparency Organization, which conducted surveys in 180 nations.