Auditor General blames senate for late reports implementation

Friday, September 23rd, 2022 01:56 | By
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The Auditor General has decried the delay in Senate County Public and Investment Committee to discuss audit reports, especially for County Assemblies.

The Auditor said that the Senate usually delays the implementation of recommendations from the County Public and Investment committee and limited capacity of the county assemblies to oversee county governments and County Assemblies

Deputy Auditor-General Sylvester Kiini listed unavailability of knowledgeable staff, inadequate use of internal audit and audit committees, lack of attention to prior issues and lack of preparation by the County Funds and Water Company.

The Deputy OAG while making a presentation to the Senators at a Naivasha hotel said that delays, inadequate explanation, or supporting documents are still major challenges facing the independent audit institutions in the performance of its work, especially at the County level. Yesterday, Kiini explained that his office while conducting audits, considers whether the financial statements are fairly presented in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework, accounting standards and the relevant laws and regulations that have a direct effect on the financial statements.

At the same time, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani told Senators that there are still challenges of delays in disbursements of funds to Counties due to Litigation on Division of Revenue and County Allocation of Revenue Bills. He said that the Council of Governors (CoG) challenged the inclusion of conditional allocations in Division of Revenue Allocation (DORA) and County Allocation of Revenue (CARA).

High Court Ruling of 2016 on Division of Revenue determined that in accordance with Article 218 of the Constitution, Conditional Grants should not be part of the DORA and CARA.

According to Yatani, the delays in the approval of the County Governments additional Allocation Bill is affecting the smooth running of the devolved units.

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