Margaret Nyakang’o, the controller of the budget, has disclosed that she gave her approval for cash withdrawals totaling more than Sh15 billion under pressure.
Nyakang’o claimed during her appearance before the National Assembly Public Petitions committee that she found several irregularities but had to accept due to pressure.
About Sh9 billion in withdrawals were made under the roads annuity scheme, and another Sh6 billion was used to pay for telecom.
She claimed that she was perplexed as to why the minutes of the committee that was meant to approve the construction of specific roads were missing.
Several responses from a senior Treasury official, according to Nyakang’o, persuaded her to authorise the withdrawals for the projects.
Nyakango recorded her talks with the senior Treasury official and included them in a document she presented to the panel.
In some of them, the Treasury official is quoted as stating that she would receive a call from former President Uhuru Kenyatta if she delayed the approvals.