A new Parliamentary Committee Report has recommended the institution of an independent forensic audit into Kenya's revenue accounts.
The report arises from the failure in Parliament, last May, of the Finance Minister to explain massive discrepancies in the revenue accounts for the election year 2007. The Speaker of Parliament ordered the establishment of a Joint 3 Committee Investigation into the Status of the Revenue Accounts of the Government of Kenya. The Committee, led by the Budget Committee, tabled its report on 19th September 2012; and MPs are due to debate its findings during the next Parliamentary session later this month.
The Finance Ministry was unable to explain to the satisfaction of the Joint Committee why discrepancies amounting to over Ksh 480 billion were found in the Revenue Accounts for the election year 2007-8. Further the Ministry admitted that only 3 revenue accounts out of 16 received certificates from the Auditor General. The other 13 were qualified and refused Certification by the Auditor General. The report vindicates Mars Group's original study which identified the discrepancies as long ago as June 2011. Read what we said here: http://blog.marsgroupkenya.org/?p=2565
The Joint Committee Report can be read below. It has been broken into chapters for ease of reading. Click on the hyperlinks to read online or to download (PDF). No dissenting opinion was recorded.
Report on Inaccuracies and Inconsistencies in the Treasury Tax and Revenue accounts for 2007/2008
(Joint Committee of Budget, Finance, Planning & Trade)
tabled in Parliament on 19.09.2012
Testimony before the Joint Committee was given by the Finance Ministry, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Auditor General, Hon. John Mbadi, the Public Accounts Committee and Mars Group Kenya. Most of it was filmed and can be viewed online (click here).
Status of the National Revenue Accounts
Matters before the committee
Summary of witnesses evidence
Evidence of Hon. John Mbadi – MP
Evidence of Mars Group
Evidence of Kenya National Audit Office (Auditor-General)
Evidence of Public Accounts Committee (PAC)
Evidence by the Ministry of Finance
Evidence of Kenya Revenue Authority
Synthesis of submissions by the witnesses
Appendix 1- Minutes of the Proceedings of the Committee
Appendix 2 – Submissions By Financial Secretary – Ministry of Finance
Appendix 3 – Submission By Kenya Revenue Authority
Appendix 4 – Submission by the Kenya National Audit Office (Auditor-General)
Appendix 5 – Submission By Mars Group Kenya
Appendix 6 – List of Annexures to Mars Group Submission