Counties grapple with financial crisis due to IFMIS breakdown

County governments have been plunged into a financial crisis following a breakdown of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis).

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is the chairman of the Council of Governors Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs committee said on Friday that the malfunctioning of Ifmis had negatively affected operations.

Ifmis is used in processing financial transactions in the counties.

The county chief said the hitch has affected payment of salaries and processing of urgent payments to suppliers and other service providers.

“On behalf of the CoG as the chairman of the Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs, I regret to bring to the attention of the county government suppliers, staff and creditors the malfunction of the Ifmis used in processing payments across the counties,” said Governor Oparanya.

He said while counties had fully embraced the automation of financial transactions, the frequent malfunctioning of the system had become an obstacle and was unacceptable.

Mr Oparanya who spoke at the County headquarters, said the hitches associated with Ifmis amounted to a national crisis which must be addressed urgently by the National Treasury.

Governor Oparanya said an urgent and thorough audit of the system should be carried out to address widespread incidents involving misuse of the system and siphoning of public funds.

“It is important that a thorough audit and review of the system be done incorporating input from county governments,” said Mr Oparanya.

He asked the national government to quickly fix the hitch.

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