Counties in Nyanza region are the worst performers in the annual audit of public finance expenditure, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) has said.
According to the six counties in the region have over the years kept on attracting the worst opinion of the Auditor General, Edward Ouko.
Riaga who was part of a top ICPAK delegation, led by Chairman, Julius Mwatu who paid a courtesy call on Siaya deputy governor, Dr. James Okumbe said that there was need for the counties to do something to move from that level to unqualified audit opinion.
He challenged the governors of Kisii, Nyamira, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisumu and Siaya to have unqualified audit, where the Auditor General will be satisfied with their public finance management as part of their legacy.
As ICPAK, we challenge the county leadership and the accountants to ensure that we move from the disclaimer, which is the worst of audit opinion to unqualified audit opinion, said Riaga.
Riaga urged the Siaya County Government to strengthen its audit committee and accord it opportunity to perform its task without influence.
He said that the committee, if enabled, will see the county seal most of the loopholes that end up in the auditor’s report.
Riaga said that ICPAK will organise a training for County Assembly’s Finance, Planning, Budget and Oversight Committees to build their capacities on basic accounting procedures.
This, he said, will help minimise incidents where issues end up at the senate or with the Auditor General.
Speaking during the occasion, Siaya County Government Director of Finance, Dennis Nyonje said that the County had recorded improvements in the audit reports since the advent of devolution.
Siaya got a disclaimer report from the Auditor General in the Financial Year 2013/2014. The following year, 2014/15 we moved to adverse and the last audit report of 2015/2016, we again moved up to qualified, said Nyonje.
Nyonje said that as an accounting unit, they were working closely with other departments to achieve the unqualified status, the best report in audit.
The Siaya Deputy Governor, Okumbe said the county government was committed towards a partnership with ICPAK that will see its accountants benefit from the institutes programmes.
Okumbe however, called for a review of the ICPAK act that requires that for an accountant to be certified, he must have worked under an auditor for a given period.
ICPAK National Chairman, Mr. Mwatu said that the institute will soon open its second branch office in Kisumu, to serve the Nyanza region.
Source: Kenya News Agency