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Auditor General nominee to be vetted in July

Plans are underway to vet the nominee for the position of the Auditor General which has remained vacant since last year following the exit of Edward Ouko after completing his tenure. 

The nominee, Nancy Gathungu will be vetted on July 3 by National Assembly Finance and National Planning Committee, according to an Advert published today in the local dailies.

The post has been vacant since August 2019 when Ouko exited at the end of his eight-year term that commenced on August 27, 2011 following his appointment by then President Mwai Kibaki.

The Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai called on the public to submit views to his office on the suitability of the candidate by June 30.

“The committee invites interested members of the public to submit any representation by written statement on an oath with supporting evidence contesting the suitability of the said nominee for appointment of the position of the Auditor General,” part of the notice read. 

Gathungu was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 19, after emerging top among three candidates presented to him by the Recruitment Panel charged with identifying the suitable candidate for the Auditor General’s post.

Her nomination came a month after the Public Service Commission (PSC) published 10 names of candidates shortlisted for the position of Auditor General. 

If Gathungu gets an approval by the National Assembly, she is expected to serve for a non-renewable term of  8-years.

Prior to her nomination, Gathungu worked as the Director of Audit in the Office of the Auditor-General. 

Ten accountants were shortlisted among 64 applicants who registered their interest with the Mutua Kilaka-led selection panel to succeed Ouko as the Auditor General.

They included Leonard Lari from Busia County; Edwin Kamar (Elgeyo Marakwet); Benson Okundi (Homa Bay); Silvester Kiini (Makueni); Elizabeth Nguring'a (Nyeri) and Idris Abdullahi (Wajir). 

Also shortlisted were Meshack Onyango (Siaya), Paul Masinde (Bungoma), Dennis Kariuki and Nancy Gathungu, both from Nyeri.

Ouko’s succession suffered a delay after Public Service Commission’s initial bid to fill the post was nullified by the High Court. 

The Public Audit Act has no clear provisions for a transition unless the previous office holder dies, resigns, or is removed.

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