The Auditor General has raised the red flag on payments of 220 million shillings for the overhaul of the Ruaraka data center following a fire outbreak.
A report by Auditor General Nancy Gathungu said the ICT State Department did not provide documents to prove the fire incident.
He also noted that the request for the repair of the government data center did not come from the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA), which has been managing and maintaining the center since September 2015.
“There was no detailed report on the fire stating the date of its occurrence, the cause of the fire, the extent of the damage and professional estimates of the cost of repairs,” Gathungu said in the latest audit presented in Parliament.
“The request for cash for the review originated from the Stare Department ICT director, as opposed to ICTA, which has responsibility for managing and maintaining the data center.”
The Auditor General says that the priority, accuracy and validity of the Sh200 million, therefore, could not be confirmed in such circumstances.
Ms Gathungu noted that the requisition by the ICT director was made on November 27, 2019, while the payment was made on December 5, 2020, a gap of more than a year.
The questionable expense was part of the items that prompted the Auditor General to issue a qualified opinion on the accounting books presented by the ICT State Department.
Auditors issue qualified opinions when various items in the books of account offer limited scope for verification or have not applied accounting rules correctly.
The same State Department for ICT also received a flag for the direct payment of Sh4.4 billion from a Chinese lender to the telecommunications giant Huawei for the construction of the Konza Data Center.
The direct payment violated article 206 of the Constitution, which requires that all money collected or received by or on behalf of the national government be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
Ms. Gathungu also pointed to an expense of Sh10.46 million that was incorrectly recorded in the books of accounts, which the State Department did not correct.