Senior Govt Position Remains Vacant After All Applicants Fail Interviews

  • Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee Chairman Moses Kajwang’ (right) and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina at a past committee sitting. The Auditor-General appears before the committee to give a report on the usage of funds in counties. Facebook
  • A senior government position remained vacant after all the applicants who had been shortlisted for the job failed the interviews.

    The 17 hopefuls were found unsuitable to hold the position of the Auditor General by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

    In a press conference on Wednesday, December 13, PSC chairman Stephen Kirogo announced that the selection panel could not pass any of the applicants and as such none was recommended to the president.

    PSC chairman Stephen Kirogo
    PSC chairman Stephen Kirogo appearing before a parliamentary committee. He announced the government would re-advertise the position of Auditor General after selection panel failed to get suitable candidates from the 17 earlier shortlisted. 

    “Having been informed of the panel’s inability to submit three names for the nomination, the government has made a decision to re-advertise the position on December 13,” Kirogo told journalists.

    The chairman of the selection panel Samuel Onyango stated that they reviewed the personalities of the candidates to determine who could uphold the independence of the office, "All the 17 failed the test,” he stated.

    “The office holder should have the diplomacy and tact to handle the relationship among the three arms of the government. We didn’t see this in those shortlisted," he stated.

    Interested applicants have been directed to submit their applications until December 30.

    As per the constitutional guidelines, the selection panel will be constituted 14 days after the application window lapses giving way for the shortlisting of candidates.

    The Auditor General's position fell vacant following the retirement of Edward Ouko after serving his eight-year term.

    “I am leaving office, but I do not know who takes over. I do not know who will sign the reports that are due because I am not allowed to do it. This can demoralise auditors who are undertaking their duties. As we talk, there are some critical reports that are pending and unfortunately are likely to get lost,” he conveyed during his final media engagement on August 28.

    Edward Ouko
    Ex-Auditor General Edward Ouko. During his tenure, he stated that the loopholes in law guiding public audit had made the office toothless.