Strengthening Accountability: Auditor-General Holds Consultative Meeting with Parliamentary Audit Committees
December 6, 2023
The Auditor-General, Nancy Gathungu held a series of meetings with Accounting Officers of public entities based at the Counties.
The meetings were feedback sessions with a focus of enriching the audit process for improved service delivery to the Kenyan people.
The virtual meetings brought together County Executive Committee members (CECs), Chief Officers for Finance, County Fund Administrators, CEOs of County Corporations, Clerks of County Assemblies, Chairpersons of County Assemblies Public Service Board, Managing Directors of Water Companies, City and Municipality Managers among other key stakeholders. The meetings took place on September 27 to 29, 2021.
Ms Gathungu said it would be better if all entities get clean audit reports that translate into service delivery to the citizens. She said the Office is providing audit services that will ultimately have impact on the lives of the citizens, and urged the entities to follow the same path in the use and management of public resources.
“We are focused on building back better through focused and relevant audits. We plan to walk the journey with you and intend to develop and sustain meaningful dialogue with you for us to collectively improve the lives and livelihoods of Kenyans”, Ms Gathungu said.
The Auditor-General also urged the county officers to actively participate in the audit process since it is an important exercise that has an impact on every Kenyan. “I urge you to take part in the audit process. Please don’t just leave it to your Finance teams. Actively participate in the process and constantly attend meetings with auditors”, she said.
They were also taken through the audit process to enhance their understanding of audit services provided by the Auditor-General.
Ms. Gathungu lauded entities that had submitted their financial statements for audit within the stipulated timelines. The law requires all public entities to submit their financial statements to the Auditor-General, for audits, by September 30.
She urged the entities to adhere to this timeline and ensure that the submitted financial statements are properly prepared in line with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, to enable the Office offer efficient services.
“Ensure that you adequately prepare for audit. Check to confirm that the submitted financial statements are in order to enable my Office audit them in a prompt and efficient manner”, the Auditor-General said.