IEA Launches the Simplified Version of the Analysis of the Auditor General’s Reports


Post Date: 22 March 2019   |   Category: Accountability   |   Hits: 824


The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) in partnership with UKaid under its Deepening Democracy Programme (DDP) launched the Simplified Version of the Analysis of the Auditor General’s Reports on Thursday, 21th March 2019 at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi. 

The report, first of its kind in Kenya, examines the findings contained in the financial audit reports published by the Office of the Auditor General for the three consecutive financial years from 2013 -2014 to 2015 - 2016. Guided by the fact that financial audits are conducted at the sector level, the scope of this study highlights the findings for the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the Agriculture, Health, Education and Devolution sectors.

To give participants a feel of the report, IEA-Kenya researchers Jackline Kagume and Noah Wamalwa made brief presentations, highlighting sections of the report, including violations committed by various government ministries, departments and agencies, and proffered policy recommendations for the government to adopt to avert further wastage of public resources. 

Before officially launching the report, National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Opiyo Wandayi, who was the chief guest, lauded the Institute of Economic Affairs for producing the report, and recommended that ministries which embezzle funds allocated should receive less of what they had mismanaged in the next financial year as a deterrence measure. 

Speaking during the event, Mr. Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer of IEA-Kenya said that parliament especially PAC should protect the Office of the Auditor General by allocating it adequate resources to enable it to effectively and efficiently carry out its mandate of unearthing misappropriations of revenues at both the national and county level of government.

In attendance during the launch of the report were; Ms. Jerusha Ouma, Governance Adviser at Department for International Development (DFID), Mr. David Cherono, who represented the Office of the Auditor General, IEA members, the media and public at large.

The IEA-Kenya and DDP hopes that the Civil Society Organizations in the select nine counties of Homabay, Siaya, Busia, Baringo, Nakuru, Tharaka-Nithi, Mombasa, Kitui, and Nairobi will continue to use the report to demand for accountability and good governance.

Follow the link to read or download the report: http://www.ieakenya.or.ke/publications/research-papers/analysis-of-the-auditor-generala-s-reports-on-the-financial-statements-of-national-government