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Heat over missing billions for schools

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A new forensic audit by the Government has unveiled shady schemes used by a network of civil servants to steal Sh4.2 billion meant for free primary education.

But Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) Director PLO Lumumba immediately accused Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta of putting on a show for the World Bank, after the latter handed over the audit to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yet KACC has charged several officials in court over the matter.

More details of the extent of graft in the Ministry of Education emerged at a press conference called by Uhuru to address the matter as well as the issue of pending Bills in the Ministry of Medical Services.

According to the audit released by Uhuru Monday, infrastructure projects targeting schools are the cash cows that ensure taxpayers’ money is channelled into the pockets of corrupt officials.

The Ministry of Education, headed by Prof Sam Ongeri, who was present at the news conference, burst into the spotlight yet again in a tale that reads like a plot from a cheap thriller novel. Officers at the ministry stand accused of dispatching billions of shillings to non-existent schools or those in private hands that are not officially recognised by the Government.

They siphoned cash through phony bank accounts where funds were paid and withdrawn with lightning speed, and manipulated cashbooks to cover up their deeds.

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