The Director of Criminal Investigation has been ordered to carry out an investigation into fraud involving foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.
Accoprding to a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) indicated that some state officers including the Cabinet Secretary had been accused of mismanaging public funds and the committee recommended action against them.
CS Juma is accused of flouting government tendering procedure during her stint as Interior Ministry PS.
A part of the report read that, “Much as provision of Comprehensive Group Life Insurance Cover for National Police and Kenya Prisons Service Staff was particularly required, the Accounting Officer erred and did not adhere to the provisions of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005.”
In addition to the statement said, “She [Juma] should, therefore, be investigated with a view to being prosecuted, if found culpable.”
It is said that CS Monica Juma awarded a Ksh 1.7 billion tender to British American Insurance Company hence ignoring a supplier who also participated in the bidding process with a lower asking price at Sh629 million.
The committe also implicated the Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge in the debt that had accumulated in the ministry that added up to Ksh 632 million.
Additionally the reported further indicated that, “The reason advanced by the accounting officer that the pending bills were mainly due to late submission of invoices from suppliers was not satisfactory to the committee. Other accounting officers attributed pending bills in their entities to lack of or late release of exchequer from the National Treasury which is a symptom of cash flow management problem in Government,”
Other officals that have been involved in the fraud are former Health PS Khadijah Kassachoon and former Roads PS John Mosonik.