Billions of shillings meant for free computers for Standard One pupils cannot be accounted for, the Auditor General has said. Up to Sh15 billion is feared lost in unsupported payments, according to a report tabled in Parliament yesterday.
And at least Sh603 million meant for laptops that were to be used as proof of concept in the ambitious Government programme has also been lost.
The report showed that after the supply and commission of the laptops, the implementing committee went around to inspect the laptops but found they had factory defects. The Ministry of Information Communication and Technology paid Sh18,377,274,086 in respect of the Digital Literacy Programme devices, out of which payments totalling Sh15,515,069,367 were supported by nine letters of credit whose payment vouchers were not made available for audit. As a result, it has not been possible to confirm the expenditure totalling Sh15,151,069,367. Further, the financial statement performance reflected directors costs of Sh14,422,928 paid to board members on diverse dates.