The new Auditor General has vowed to expedite the release of the much delayed audit report for all public institutions.
Nancy Gathungu says she has already established an in-house plan that will ensure the pending audited reports for state entities are released before the end of this year.
Gathungu made the remarks during a handover ceremony from outgoing Auditor General Edward Ouko Thursday as she assumed office.
She promised to build on the outgoing Auditor General’s legacy and ensuring the office continues developing audit services to meet the needs of the people.
"I will build on your legacy and ensure we continue developing our audit services to meet the needs of the people, the expectations of the stakeholders and respond appropriately to the constantly changing environment and emerging risks".- Nancy Gathungu, Auditor-General pic.twitter.com/c8DuAOzL1w
— Auditor-General Kenya (@OAG_Kenya) July 23, 2020
Ouko exuded confidence in his successor saying, “I am confident that you will tailor your own shoes that will be bigger that Ouko’s.”
Gathungu said it was an honour to serve Kenyans in such a capacity saying the office can only go higher from where Ouko left it.
Kenya has been operating without an auditor general for the last eleven months after Edward Ouko’s term expired last August.
Efforts to fill the constitutional office have been rocky and controversial marred with legal disputes.
However, after many months of backs and forth Nancy Gathungu was sworn in last week as the country’s second Auditor General.
The public is yet to peruse the state’s audited report for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 fiscal years raising concerns about public expenditure plans.
Gathungu says already the reports are done and completed and are just waiting for her signature before they are released to the public.
The Auditor General’s post has in many instances collided with many state agencies due to explosive audit report that has aroused public uproar.
Gathungu has tipped parliament to amend the law to create the position of a deputy Auditor General to ensure smooth workflow at the agency.
The law has no provision for an acting auditor general creating a huge work backlog during a period of transition.