The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs has come under scrutiny for failure to account for funds allocated under the Women Economic Empowerment Programme.
The committee stated that this could be achieved by following financial support guidelines and providing for proper monitoring of these projects. The revelations come after the Auditor-General carried out an audit to establish whether the objectives of the programme were being achieved and if the guidelines for financial support were being followed. Meanwhile, the Auditor-General has made observations under the Food Relief Services in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
The office noted that there were many instances of shortages of food supplies. This was exacerbated by the absence of regular contracts and supplier failure, inadequate storage facilities due to improper handling and rodents’ infestation resulting in the write-off of food items. Other bottlenecks included failure by depot managers to promptly deal with defective items upon receipt of the goods thus forgoing the opportunity to claim a refund or replacement and instances of food items being returned to depots for reasons of spoilage without any supporting documentation.
There were supply failures identified with no timely action taken to redress the situation to ensure continuity of supply of food items and instances of consignments from the depot never reaching the feeding centres. Following the discoveries, the ministry was implored to have regular contracts to address supply disruptions and ensure that storage facilities are of adequate quality to reduce wastage that comes at a cost to the government. It was also advised that monitoring of depots should be strengthened to ensure proper recording and management of supply items.