MPs warn of plot to oust Ouko over missing Sh67bn report

Four MPs have warned their colleagues against plotting to oust Auditor- General Edward Ouko following his tabling of a report that shows that Sh67 billion may have been lost or misappropriated in the last financial year.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC)hairman Nicholas Gumbo, Balambala MP Abdikadir Aden, Julius Melly (Tinderet) and Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache) accused unnamed MPs of rushing to dismiss the auditor’s report without the committee going through the same.

Mr Ouko last week tabled in Parliament his audit report of national government finances indicating that ministries and accounting officers may have misappropriated the billions of shillings.

Mr Gumbo said some MPs had come out to attack the report by the Auditor- General begging the questions as to whose side they support.

“This attacks on the Auditor-General’s report, especially by MPs not only makes Parliament look like an extension of the Executive but it also presents an ironical situation where MPs start to look like gate keepers for the Executive. That is not our mandate and it must be condemned,” he said.

The PAC members also hit out at ministries, state departments and agencies which have come out to accuse the Mr Ouko in paid up newspapers aisements.

Mr Gumbo said instead of ministries, such as the Treasury and the Office of the Attorney-General buying newspaper space to defend their books of accounts, they should be preparing to offer PAC with detailed explanations for the queries raised by Mr Ouko’s report.

“In the meantime, all concerned ministries must offer detailed explanation especially the perennial problem of always failing to fully document all public expenses in time even after vast sums of money have been invested over the years to roll out Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS),” Gumbo said.