- The Kenyan authorities have launched an investigation into an alleged mismanagement of more than Sh100 million (US$1,4 million) meant for resettlement of internally displaced persons following the 2007 post elections violence.
The Permanent Secretary for Provincial Administration and Internal Security, Francis Kimemia, has given 43 officers, implicated in the irregular handling of funds, seven days to account for the funds or face the the wrath of the law.
An audit report requested by the Office of The President revealed that some 43 officers from different government departments could be involved in some of the irregularities of missing funds for resettlement of victims of political instability.
He said the Kenya Anti Corruption Authority (KACC) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers have already started investigations for possible prosecution once credible evidence is found.
He admitted that resettling the displaced people could have been faster had the authorities not misappropriated the funds prompting an audit into the resettlement programme launched in May 2008.
Mr Kimemia assured all the displaced people and other stakeholders that the government will bring to book all those who misappropriated the funds and other property irrespective of their positions in the society or government.
He said his office had embarked on disciplinary action against those who fall under the provincial administration and internal security docket.
The Ministry of Special Programmes has been paying Sh25,000 (US$ 332) to displaced people who did not go to camps, but were accommodated by their relatives.
Some 350,000 people were displaced in last year's post-election violence.
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