Governors fault Treasury for failure to fix Ifmis

Governors have hit out at the National Treasury over failure to rectify the technical hitches that led to the collapse of the electronic procurement system.

The Council of Governors Finance Committee chairman Wycliffe Oparanya Wednesday accused the Treasury of failing to implement recommendations by the Auditor-General Edward Ouko on the collapse of the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis).

Mr Ouko, in an audit report of the system conducted between July 2010 and November 2016, called for the overhaul of Ifmis to address teething issues experienced both at the national and county governments.

Governor Oparanya termed the system a monster that has seen delays in implementation of development projects, provision of services and payment of salaries.

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“The auditor did an analysis of the system and found it inefficient and made a range of recommendations which we believe should be implemented,” said Mr Oparanya. “Ifmis is an obstacle to development. Additionally, the system experiences central control shutdowns.”

Ifmis, whose introduction in 2013 was aimed at sealing corruption loopholes in government procurement system, has also faced criticism from experts with the county bosses terming it a ploy by the national government to control disbursement and use of devolved funds.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has, however, insisted that the teething problems experienced in the system have been addressed and that it is operational.

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