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Official: Sex toys listed as public assets as corruption in Kenya hits new lows

The chairman of a parliamentary committee in Kenya charged with oversight on government spending says there is "horrendous" waste of public funds lost through corruption.

Hand-pushed wheelbarrows have been purchased at $1,000 each. A government ministry bought ball-point pens that usually cost 10 cents for $85 apiece and a laptop and desktop computer for $11,000 — examples of misspending that the Parliamentary Accounts Committee is investigating, committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo said Thursday.

Gumbo said the committee is investigating a government department that had listed sex toys as assets, meaning that they had been purchased using taxpayers' money.

Corruption is endemic in Kenya but the recent, almost daily revelation of graft, have angered the public as the government says it's borrowing money to plug holes in the budget.