Wednesday May 6, 2020 – Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to prioritise the appointment of an Auditor General.
The country has lacked a substantive Auditor General since the retirement of Edward Ouko in August 2019, with Ouko warning at the time that lack of a substantive successor will seriously compromise crucial audit work on public expenditure.
According to Mudavadi, the delay in appointing Ouko’s replacement was down to powerful, corrupt individuals in Government looking to escape accountability.
He observed that graft could go unchecked and public resources were at risk of being stolen under the guise of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Why do we take almost a year to replace the Auditor General?”
“Why are we taking so long to do that?”
“These are the institutions that matter, that help bring accountability.”
“We are talking about the Ministry of Health, and by the way, there have been mega-scandals in the ministry but there are all these emergency programs like fighting Covid-19, floods, locusts are also around. It’s like the elements are conspiring.”
“Let me tell you, the emergency programs are going to be the reservoirs or incubators of mega-scandals.”
“All these emergency programs are taking place and we are dilly-dallying when it comes to appointing an Auditor-General.”
“These are critical areas and they must be dealt with,” he stated.
At the same time, Mudavadi called for rationalization of expenditure among other measures to cushion the economy during Covid19.
Mudavadi maintained that it was important to strengthen institutions.
The Kenyan DAILY POST