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Competence hitches blamed for slow adoption of IFMIS

Treasury principal Secretary Kamau Thugge. PHOTO | FILE
Treasury principal Secretary Kamau Thugge. PHOTO | FILE  

Parliament has criticised the Treasury for failing to fully operationalise the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) despite spending over Sh5 billion in its infrastructure, and whose integrity has raised serious concerns.

The legislators said the online platform, which Treasury has promoted as the best tool to manage resources “cannot stop pilferage of public resources.”

“The issue of IFMIS has been of great concern to us. Some accounting officers have come before us to say they are neither integrated nor manage anything,” Nicholas Gumbo, who chairs Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said at a policy meeting bringing together the heads of various arms of government including the presidency.

The Treasury has insisted that all national and county governments’ ministries and departments use IFMIS in their transactions, arguing it allowed traceability in budgeting, making room for monitoring progress of development projects.

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