TSC CEO Nancy Macharia’s Sh.3 Billion Salary Scandal Probe
Francis Awino, an activist based in Nairobi, has begun a legal battle against Nancy Macharia, the CEO of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), in relation to charges of improper use of funds inside the TSC.
Awino is worried that Macharia’s continuing employment as CEO of TSC could result in monetary losses for the country’s taxpayers owing to unethical business practices.
The allegations originated from a report compiled by the Auditor General that covered the time period up to June of 2021. According to the article, Nancy Macharia may have played a role in a wage fraud that involved the TSC and involved a total of 3 billion Kenyan shillings.
This issue concerns excessive compensation being given to TSC workers despite their being a teacher shortage. In addition, the audit finds that Macharia was delinquent in remitting more over 2 billion Kenyan shillings in taxes that were withheld from employees.
The research also reveals that some of these financial disparities stretch back to historical difficulties, including the likelihood of payments being made to ghost instructors between the years of 1988 and 2000, when teachers were paid in cash rather than through banks.
It is alleged in the petition that Nancy Macharia provided salary advances of Ksh. 10.5 million, some of which were not documented and others of which were not being retrieved at all.
In addition, the total amount of Ksh 4,264,665 that is owed to 145 employees has remained unchanged over the course of the previous twelve months, and the TSC has not offered an explanation for this.
The petition further asserts that the TSC did not provide sufficient clarification regarding the manner in which it overpaid staff by Ksh. 352 million; a portion of this amount has not been recouped for a number of years, and particular teachers were overpaid by as much as Ksh. 33 million. In addition, it asserts that more than 5000 members of the TSC staff have failed to comply with their tax obligations, and as a result, taxes amounting to Ksh. 2.2 billion have not been paid over to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
In addition, the report from the Auditor General alleges that the Technical Services Commission (TSC) paid a total of Ksh. 1 billion to nonexistent schools from the Free Primary Education (FPE) fund, with Ksh. 919 million allegedly being channeled to a variety of primary schools that were not registered in the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).