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Auditors receive death threats over Ouko’s report

07 August 2015, 09:10

Nairobi - Auditor General, Edward Ouko has said that members of his staff have received death threats over the recently released audit report.

Ouko also revealed that some of his auditors were demanding bribes from institutions, Daily Nation reports, adding that he has already put measures in place to deal with staff.

He also rubbished reports that he released the report during Obama’s trip to the country in order to embarrass the government.

The report, released last week just a day after Obama's departure, revealed that various state departments and ministries could not account for a record KES 66.7 billion.

However, the Treasury CS Henry Rotich rubbished the report, saying that the Auditor General disregarded key documents supporting government expenditure while preparing his final report.

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The Public Accounts Committee and CIC have already come to the defense of Ouko, warning those mentioned against using unorthodox means to get even with auditors.

PAC chairman, Nicholas Gumbo told the MPs to respect the independence of the Auditor General’s Office in discharging its constitutional oversight role.

“Parliament and the Auditor General must be seen as partners in ensuring that public resources are applied for intended purposes. When some MPs come out to attack the report by the Auditor General, Edward Ouko, then the question must be asked on whose side are they; the thieve or the people of Kenya?” posed Gumbo.

He warned that the legislators’ attack on the Auditor General’s report not only makes Parliament look like an extension of the Executive but also presents an ironical situation for MPs to look like gatekeepers for the Executive, which is not their mandate.

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