Auditor General to appear before PAC over missing KES 66B
11 August 2015, 08:19
Nairobi – The Auditor General, Edward Ouko is set to appear before the National Assembly Public Accounts committee (PAC) on Thursday this week to shed more light on his audit report that alleges that KES 66 billion could not be accounted for.
Ouko said the ball is now in the hands of PAC to probe government departments and agencies with questionable 2013/14 financial year expenditures to clear names since his office has performed its constitutional auditing mandate.
However, he clarified that most government ministries and agencies did not provide his officers with supporting documents in their expenditures for proper audit, and therefore his report doesn’t imply that the over KES 66 billion was misappropriated.
Ouko said the affected ministries and departments’ failure to provide the supporting documents seriously contravenes the Public Finance Management laws hence need for PAC to summon and grill all responsible accounting government officers.
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“We wish to affirm that supporting documentation is the basis for expenditure in the use of public resources; lack of it does not mean misuse of funds,” said Ouko through an advert published in local dailies.
He added that his office had performed the initial accountability cycle in usage of public funds as provided by the Constitution and that it was up to Parliament and other investigative agencies to ascertain whether the taxpayers’ money was misused.
“The Auditor General prepares the report for the people of the Republic of Kenya and submits it to Parliament. Reports on County governments and County Assemblies are also presented to County Assemblies and Senate respectively,” said Ouko.
He noted that the PAC’s clearance of affected ministries and agencies could help end public outcry over whether public funds had been lost and whether his office failed to submit a comprehensive report.
“Acceptability of the plausibility of the explanations and authenticity of the documentation is the preserve of the PAC once the audit report has been submitted to Parliament – only PAC can authoritatively declare whether public funds had been misused,” he added.
However, Ouko lashed at the accounting officers’ complaints that they were not given adequate time to avail supporting documents or respond to audit queries since the auditing process had taken a long time due his understaffed office.
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