The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) irregularly paid Sh388.5 million to private law firms without the approval of the Attorney-General, a new government audit report shows.
Auditor-General Edward Ouko says the KPA did not comply with the provisions of the Attorney-General circular, which required that legal fees paid to various law firms be approved and authorised by the Attorney-General.
The circular further required that hire of services of private legal consultants by national government entities be approved by the Attorney-General.
“Review of the legal records availed for audit revealed that the management did not comply with the provisions of the Attorney-General circular number… which require that all material litigation be notified to the Attorney- General within three days after filling of any pleadings,” Mr Ouko said in a qualified audit opinion of the KPA for the year to June 2016.
He said it has not been possible to confirm the propriety of the legal expenses amounting to Sh388,528,000 incurred during the year ended June 30, 2016.