State audit finds serious loopholes in Ifmis system

President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich (centre) and Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of Ifmis system at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, on August 13, 2014. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The audit report on the effectiveness of Ifmis reveals negligence on basic system security procedures and lack of data safeguards that makes the system easy to manipulate by fraudsters seeking to steal from the public purse.
  • Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said counties had been plunged into a financial crisis due to the hitch that affected payment of salaries and processing of urgent payments to suppliers and other service providers.
  • The Ifmis department cannot even monitor existence and sustenance of threats to Ifmis security.

The government’s main financial management system is marred by technology loopholes, making it prone to abuse and possible loss of public funds, an official audit has revealed.

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