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EDITORIAL: Probe false audit reports

Auditor- General Edward Ouko.
Auditor- General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The main reason why the Auditor- General’s office exists is to ascertain whether money allocated for specific public projects is well utilised.

Over the years, the Auditor- General’s office has published numerous reports flagging dubious expenditure and unaccounted-for public funds.

Despite there being little action taken to pursue those adversely mentioned, the office has kept public officials and their accounting officers on their toes.

Reports of private companies colluding with State Corporations to churn out false audit findings must be investigated as a matter of urgency.

This is the only way to allay fears that the Kenyan taxpayer is not being taken for a ride.

Auditing must not be reduced to a mere formality just because the law requires spending to be verified.

When all is said and done, those found to have colluded to endorse fictitious expenditure reports must face the full force of the law.

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