Former Minister of Labor, Dr Sekai Nzenza has been accused of failing to pay back US$8 000 out of US$13 715. 83 she borrowed from the National Social Security Authority earlier this year.
The Standard reports that Nzenza borrowed the money saying that it was for work purposes but her former Ministry which has paid back US$5 715.83 advised NSSA that the minister should pay back the remainder because it was not used for government business.
Meanwhile, the minister is saying that there was no underhand dealing in the matter as the money was transparently sent when she was stranded during her New York and Morocco government-sanctioned trips. She added:
NSSA came to the rescue and sent money so we could get home safe. I wrote to the chairman Dr (Cuthbert) Chidoori on the 25th of February to let him know that the ministry owes money to NSSA.
I made him aware that this was a serious corporate governance matter and now that there was a board, any such situations should be managed through the correct channels.
Nzenza who was recently accused of ordering NSSA to pay $1,8 million to a group of local experts she handpicked to unpack the NSSA forensic audit report at a cost of US$120 000, is of the view that the purported scandal is only meant to tarnish her image.
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