The Kenya Maritime Authority has denied claims that it irregularly spent millions of shillings on director’s cost, media advertising and travel allowances.
KMA acting director-general, Mr Cosmas Cherop, said the authority’s board carried out its activities as per the approved work plan, budget and in accordance with existing regulations.
Mr Cherop further said that staff were assigned foreign duties in accordance with existing regulations, approved budget, work plan and with required approvals.
He said prior to March last year, the selection of media houses to run KMA advertisements were done competitively through the authority’s procurement section in line with the procurement guidelines and Public Procurement and Asset disposal Act.
The acting Director General further said after March last year, all the authority’s advertisements have been handled by the Government Advertising Agency.
In his latest report tabled in in the National Assembly, Auditor General Edward Ouko says KMA paid sitting allowances totalling to Sh4.4 million to several board members to attend Agricultural Society of Kenya shows, Kecoso games and boat launches in Kisumu and Lamu.
He said the propriety and regularity of board of directors cost totalling to Sh4 million for the year ended June last year could not be confirmed.