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Why The IFMIS Platform Has Been A Nightmare to Many Kenyans

The Senate Finance committee now wants the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) utilized by both the county and national governments scrapped.

The committee that met different IFMIS users noted that despite billions of shillings invested in acquiring the system almost ten years ago, money is still being looted from public coffers.

The users comprising Central Bank of Kenya Governor (CBK) Patrick Njoroge, Auditor General Nancy Gathungu, Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakango, and the Council of Governors (CoG) represented by Laikipia Governor Nderitu Mureithi cited many difficulties impeding practical usage of the system.

(Photo of the Senate of Kenya courtesy of Twitter).

"Some of the billions you claimed are lost every financial year can be lowered if we make this system efficient. Time and time again, you are coming out with a postmortem on monies that have been misappropriated and stolen. Our purpose is to make you proactive, to stop the theft," said the committee Chairperson Senator Charles Kibiru.

Nonetheless, the system users stressed the necessity to attempt and cope with the system's issues rather than doing away with them.

"We need to be asking ourselves if we want to look for remedies or we want to throw away with the birth water. What we need is to know what is hurting the system," said Nyakango.

Gathungu said there is a need to solve the issues impacting the system and faulted officials using the system for its faults.

"We need to address the core causes that are harming the system. Let's not be too hasty to toss it away. These types of dialogues are required to enhance the system," said the Auditor General.

Nevertheless, the senators remained dubious, wondering how and when the system will be enhanced, but the Treasury has not implemented proposals by user entities.

"Why is our country connected to this system? It's not our Constitution. It's not a tree that we can't uproot, and what is it? Why can't we dismantle this system?" Posed Makueni's Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.

The Council of Governors proposed that the system should not be housed just at the Treasury because they are users like any other government institution.

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