NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 2 – A civil society group has petitioned the National Assembly seeking the removal of Auditor-General Edward Ouko from office, for failing to adhere to procurement rules in the purchase of an audit software.
The International Policy Group accuses Ouko and some of his staff of inflating the cost from Sh18 million to Sh100 million and is calling on the National Assembly to recommend to President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a tribunal to investigate his conduct.
According to the petition seen by Capital FM News, the International Policy Group says the EACC was going to charge Ouko with theft and improper procurement of the software.
“In their investigations, the EACC recommended that the Auditor-General be charged with abuse office and wilful failure to comply with procurement laws,” the petition says.
“The report and recommendations by EACC further proposed that the persons named in the report including the Auditor General be charged with various economic offences as found in the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act and the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act for the misuse of taxpayers monies amounting to Sh100,000,000.”
The civil society group claims efforts to have that matter addressed by the Director of Public Prosecution “has failed to give a satisfactory response.”
Ouko’s term ends in 2019. He can only be removed from office through a tribunal.