Uhuru's Point Man In A Fix After Office Stays Empty for 5 Months

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Head ogf Civil Service Joseph Kinyua (left) at State House, Nairobi September 26, 2013. (2)
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua (left) at State House, Nairobi September 26, 2013. (2)
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta's trusted associate Joseph Kinyua has found himself in a fix after the office of the Auditor General stays vacant for five months.

    According to a report by Business Daily on Thursday, March 5, Kinyua, the head of Public Service Commission, was summoned by two committees in Parliament to explain the delay in AG's appointment.

    Kinyua has been summoned alongside Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani and the head of a selection panel on the recruitment of new Auditor-General Sammy Onyango who are set to appear before a joint sitting between the Public Investment Committee (PIC) and Special Funds Accounts Committee.

    “We have a joint meeting with PIC on the appointment of new Auditor-General. We will be meeting with the Head of Public Service, Treasury cabinet secretary and head of the selection committee at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday,” stated Special Funds Accounts Committee chair Kathuri Murungi.

    Former Auditor General Edward Ouko speaking before the National Assembly's Budget and Appropriations Committee on October 13, 2016.
    Former Auditor General Edward Ouko speaking before the National Assembly's Budget and Appropriations Committee on October 13, 2016.
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    The office has been vacant since Edward Ouko left in August 2019 after serving an eight-year term.

    Since his departure, PSC had advertised the position and declared that all the 17 candidates who had been shortlisted for the position did not qualify to take over.

    The team claimed that the candidates lacked "tactfulness, diplomacy and independence”.

    In 2019, Activist Okiya Omtatah filed a suit challenging PSC's decision over tactful requirements arguing that the position did not require that as a skill.

    The case is still pending in court.

    The two committees have been listed as among the greatest consumers of data emanating from the Auditor General's and have seemingly been affected by the lack of a leader in the office for the past five months.

    70applicants had applied to fill up the position.

    File image of Parliament in session.
    File image of Parliament in session.
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