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Nancy Gathungu sworn in as Kenya’s new Auditor General.

Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu has on Friday July 17 been sworn in as the new Auditor General.

The swearing in event was presided over by the Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court.

Gathungu promised to clear the audit backlog that had been left behind from the time her predecessor Edward Ouko’s term ended.

“I will be counting on the support of my staff and key stakeholders in the accountability process, to continue with the good work that my predecessor Mr. Ouko did,” she stated.

The National Assembly’s Finance and National Planning Committee approved Janet Kabui Gathungu’s appointment as the Auditor-General on Wednesday July 15 and her approval was consequently confirmed by the whole house.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, June 19, nominated Janet Kabui Gathungu for the position of Auditor General after emerging top among the top three candidates presented for nomination by the President.

The appointment of Kabui comes almost a year after the exit of Ouko, who raised concerns over delayed recruitment of his successor to avoid creating a void that has been witnessed over the period the office has been unoccupied.

“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 demoralize auditors who are undertaking their duties. As we talk, there are some critical reports that are pending and unfortunately are likely to get lost,” Ouko stated during his last engagement with the media before he left office.