Onyango-led Auditor General Interview Panel forwards three names to President Kenyatta

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Retired Auditor General Edward Ouko
Retired Auditor General Edward Ouko. PHOTO/COURTESY: Citizen TV

The Auditor General Interview Panel, led by ex-Deloitte East Africa boss Sammy Onyango, has identified three candidates to succeed former AG Edward Ouko and forwarded their names to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to a news report by the Business Daily, the seven member panel has identified the candidates to succeed Mr. Ouko but did not disclose their names due to their oath of secrecy.

“Our report is done and the secretariat is dealing with the protocol of delivering it to the office of the President,” Mr Onyango is quoted as saying by the Business Daily.

Mr. Onyango however disclosed that 17 candidates were interviewed for the position, among them Deputy Auditor-General William Otieno Agunda. Others who were interviewed include: Abdullahi Idris Abdi, Kamar Edwin Kipkoech, Kiambu County Finance and Economic Planning CEC Francis Kigo Njenga, David Kanja, Dr Peter Kitonyo, Nancy Gathangu, David Gichana Denis Kariuki, Sylvester Kiini, and Leonard Lari Rang’ala.

President Kenyatta appointed the panel to vet and nominate suitable candidates for the position of Auditor General in September following the retirement of then Auditor General Edward Ouko in August. The former Auditor General retired from his position without a successor in place because the Public Audit Act has no clear provisions for transition unless the previous office holder dies, resigns, or is removed.

The announcement by the panel follows earlier reports indicating that six state controlled institutions, among them the Central Bank of Kenya, the Capital Markets Authority, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kenya Power, KenGen and East African Portland Cement Company, have failed to meet the deadline for releasing their financial results for the year ended June.

Protocol demands that state agencies only release their financial results after getting approval from the Auditor General’s office but since Mr. Ouko retired the aforementioned companies have not been able to get the required authorization.

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