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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH JUNE,2018-Evens as investigations concerning mega corruption at The National youth service (NYS)it has emerged that at the National Irrigation Board billions of shillings were spend on projects that yielded little for taxpayers.The Auditor General has revealed.
According An audit report for the 2015-2016 financial years for instance shows that the Galana Kulalu irrigation project scheme launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January 2014 to stock the country’s food basket with 20 million bags of maize only yielded 103,000 bags.
This is despite Ksh.7.3 billion having been spend onto the project. This means that more than Ksh.708,000 was used to grow maize on just one acre at the Kulalu scheme.
Auditor General Edward Ouko found that the National Irrigation Board inflated the cost of leasing an acre from Ksh.300 to Ksh.3,000 per acre.
For the five years, the taxpayer has lost a staggering Ksh.3.2 billion for leasing 20,000 acres.More over only 10,000 acres of the leased land was used.
Twenty-one irrigation projects have so far stalled after sinking Ksh.880 million with the board already requesting for an extra Ksh.15 billion to complete the projects.
As if that is not enough, the board also failed to account for another Ksh.3.6 billion used in Mwea, Bura, Tana, Perkerra, Ahero, West Kano and Bunyala irrigation schemes.
The report also goes on to say that the Kenya Revenue Authority is owed Ksh.623 million while an additional Ksh.4.1 billion is owed to contractors who did business with the board at the time.