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The difference between printing errors and fraud

Posted by Popular Ombudsman on May 9, 2009

One is committed by ministers and the other by cashiers working for the ministers…

Daily Nation
By CAROLINE WAFULA Posted Friday, May 8 2009 at 20:51

A lobby group wants the joint Kenya Parliamentary team inquiring into a discrepancy in the Supplementary Budget Estimates passed by the House to extend the probe to the national budget, currently under preparation.

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The group, which sounded the alarm over the accuracy of the estimates, insists that the amount in dispute is Sh9.6 billion and not Sh9.2 billion as suggested by the Ministry of Finance.

Partnership for Change claims that, apart from the Sh9.6 billion, there are over Sh4.89 billion inserted into the budget through new budget line items which were not approved by Parliament in June 2008.
In a submission to the Parliamentary investigating team on Friday, the group is questioning documents of accounts being prepared by Ministry of Finance officials, and doubts whether they are true and meet proper accounting standards.

The lobby group’s submission to the committee follows events in Parliament last week, when the Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta presented the Sh9.2 billion supplementary budget estimates.

National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, following an inquiry by Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara, referred the matter to the Parliamentary committees of Finance and Budget…read more

Question: Suppose a dishonest accountant adds some zeroes on a cheque and gets the boss to sign the cheque without cross checking, can the accountant withdraw the money? Of course yes! Suppose the boss discovers and asks for an explanation, what is the accountant likely to say? “It was a printing error.” See the logic now?


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