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Newsline: Audits on ‘higher fraud-risk’ Canadian embassies find undocumented payments

The audits in Nigeria, Algeria, Russia, India and Kenya were ordered after a probe found Canada’s embassy in Haiti was defrauded of $1.7M over 12 years. Audits of five Canadian embassies operating in “higher fraud-risk environments” have found cases of questionable procurement practices, undocumented payments for work, and sky-high levels of overtime for drivers. The audits were ordered after a 2016 investigation discovered that Canada’s embassy in Haiti was defrauded of $1.7 million over 12 years through inflated supply contracts and diverted materials. The government fired 17 locally recruited employees over the case. Management audits were conducted on Canadian embassies in Nigeria, Algeria, Russia, India and Kenya, as well as on Canada’s embassy in South Korea as a low-risk environment for comparison purposes. The audit on the Nigeria embassy was the most damning, concluding that protocols around “finance, procurement, contracting, revenues, and asset management were not consistently followed and some key controls were not in place or were circumvented.” Several dubious payments were found, including one case where the contract was signed after the work had already commenced, another where the overtime was paid at a higher rate than in the contract, and another where the value of the contract was “significantly exceeded without a contract amendment.”

Audits on ‘higher fraud-risk’ Canadian embassies find undocumented payments, ballooning overtime costs

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Newsline: US Ambassador to Kenya seen on his way out

US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, on Thursday morning raised speculation that he could be on his way out of the position he has held for the past five years. While celebrating Thanksgiving Day – a public holiday marked on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States – Godec said he is thankful for the “opportunity to have served as US Ambassador in Kenya”, a statement that could be understood to mean his tenure is on the homestretch. He has denied he is leaving the country several times in the past.

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/is-us-ambassador-to-kenya-godec-on-his-way-out-183179/

Newsline: Malawi Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused of conniving with Kenya embassy staff to siphon money

As Malawians anxiously await the day when the court will make its determination on the case to do with the alleged embezzlement of huge sums of money by former staff at the Malawi Embassy in Ethiopia, murky details are emerging regarding how some officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lilongwe connived with their colleagues at the once closed Malawi Mission in Nairobi, Kenya to siphon money. According Malawi News revelation, it is believed that over half a billion Kwacha of taxpayers’ funds grew wings at the Malawi embassy in Kenya. Another puzzling factor is that when signatories to a bank account that was opened over the period November 2005 and December 2012 were being changed, the ministry opted to go with officers who were relatively junior ranked compared to those who were initially handling the task.

http://www.maravipost.com/exclusive-ministry-foreign-affairs-connives-embassy-staff-siphon-money-embassies/

Newsline: Saudi Arabia’s Nairobi embassy in lease dispute

Real estate firm Plumcon East Africa has sued the Saudi Arabian embassy for backing out of a deal that was to see it lease seven high end apartments in Nairobi’s Arboretum area. Plumcon says it made specific repairs to the seven apartments in 2012 at the request of the Saudi Arabian Embassy which afterwards refused to take up the housing units. The firm now wants Justice Thuranira to order the embassy to pay it damages in an amount that the court shall deem fair for the loss of business. The Saudi Arabian embassy was to pay Sh17.7 million yearly for the seven apartments before it terminated the agreement. The Saudi Arabian embassy however says Plumcon delayed in completing the requested fittings in the apartments. The embassy says its staff were to occupy the apartments on November 26, 2011 but that the units were far from ready by then. Plumcon however insists that it finished all repairs early enough and attempted to hand over the keys to the Saudi Arabian embassy on November 24, 2011. The embassy however refused to accept the keys and terminated the lease agreement, the firm says. Saudi Arabia’s embassy has now filed an application to dismiss the suit, arguing that it enjoys diplomatic immunity hence cannot be sued.

http://www.nation.co.ke/business/Saudi-Arabia-embassy-lease-dispute/996-4014626-i4ylkq/index.html

Newsline: Slovaki envoy to Kenya collapses, dies at embassy

A Slovaki envoy to Kenya collapsed and died at the embassy in Nairobi on Tuesday. The cause of death remains unclear but police said they are investigating the matter. His body was taken to the mortuary for a postmortem on Wednesday morning.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/03/15/slovaki-envoy-to-kenya-collapses-dies-at-embassy_c1525181

Newsline: Kenya Halts Mogadishu Embassy Project Over Insecurity

The insecurity in Somalia has seen Kenya halt construction of an embassy in Mogadishu, Foreign Affairs secretary Amina Mohamed told Parliament. She said a third of works at Mogadishu embassy, which includes construction of an office block, ambassador’s residence and four staff houses, had been done when building was stopped. Ms Mohamed told the National Assembly’s Defence and Foreign Affairs committee that the project commenced in August 2015 and was due for completion in December 2016. “However, it has slowed down due to security challenges. The project completion rate is at 35 per cent,” she told MPs. In March 2014, Kenya announced plans to reopen its embassy in Mogadishu to boost its diplomatic engagement with Somalia. The Kenyan embassy to Somalia has been operating from Nairobi — at the NSSF Building — and many other Foreign missions have engaged Somalia from their Nairobi missions due to insecurity in Mogadishu.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201703130599.html

Newsline: Kenya police arrest US diplomat for fleeing accident scene and brandishing gun

A US diplomat has been arrested in Nairobi for fleeing the scene of a road rage clash with another driver where local police claim he brandished a gun. The diplomat, who has not been named, was disarmed by police after the incident on Sunday, according to authorities in the Kenyan capital. While it’s not clear what prompted the row, Robinson Thuku, chief of police in Nairobi’s central business district, said it was ‘obvious’ it had been a traffic incident. The US embassy confirmed his arrest but denied local authorities’ accusation he drew his gun. Police fired their weapons three times to stop the diplomat, an Associated Press photographer at the scene said. The State Department has not released the US diplomat’s name but said it was working to assist him. There was no  answer from the US embassy in Nairobi.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4216948/Kenya-police-arrest-US-diplomat-fleeing-accident-scene.html