Currently there is no law to effect the constitutional provisions on public participation by public institutions other than a policy on the requirement developed by the Attorney General’s office in September 2018 for taxpayer-funded bodies to follow. (https://www.statelaw.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DOC-20181113-WA0023.doc) The policy defines public participation as the process where citizens including individuals, groups or communities (stakeholders) get … Continue reading “What The Constitution Says About Public Participation Amid Referenda Push”
There are even more Auditor General Reports on the Counties online by now. After the reports on the county governments those on the county assemblies have been added to the Kenao.go.ke-Website (see link below). For their interpretation: the reports of the Kenyan Auditor General mostly contain quite technical language that should be known by those … Continue reading “New Auditor General Reports – and how to interpret them”
If you love history and would like to understand things that happened even before Kenya got independence then this site will excite you. Kenya Gazette has Kenya Gazette Notices from 1895 to 2012 that you can easily refer to and even download if necessary. Below are some notices that you might not known about Liquor … Continue reading “Kenya Gazette Notices from 1895 to 2012”
Parliament and the County assemblies are required under Section 39 of the Public Audit Act to make public within seven days all Auditor General’s Reports after they are tabled in national and county assemblies respectively. The Auditor General (OAG) has to comply with part 2 and 3 of section 39 of Public Audit Act by … Continue reading “Access to Information Laws not obeyed by Parliament and Auditor General”
There is a lot of talk and news reports around the Auditor General Reports about the Counties for the Financial Year 2017 / 2018. But all this focuses just on a few points that politicians have brought up. As media, we should not get carried away by the political discussions. Let us set the agenda … Continue reading “Auditor General Reports: Read the Originals!”
There is always time for up-to-date reporting on the “old” Auditor General Reports. These reports scrutinize the budget income and expenditure for the financial years of 2013/2014 to 2016/17 . Why is this not an outdated issue? Precisely BECAUSE the reports have been submitted a long time ago. All deadlines are now over for everyone … Continue reading “Stories from older Auditor General Reports”
It is easy to accuse somebody of “embezzlement of funds” or “misappropriation” when reporting about the audit reports produced by the Auditor General in accordance with the stipulated timeline. But in many cases it is simply not correct stick to label like that on a process. And it is risky for a journalist because it may … Continue reading “How To Intepret Auditor General Reports”
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) shall audit and report within six months after the financial year, accounts of public entities among others, accounts of the county governments and assemblies as well as all other funds and authorities under the county governments (complete list see Article 229 of the constitution).
Timeline for Auditor General’s Audit Reports on the County Finances Step 0: June 30 end of financial year Step 1: Sep 30 (not later than three months after end of financial year) the county must have submitted the financial statements (Public Audit Act Sec. 47) Step 2: Dec. 31 The Auditor General must have audited … Continue reading “OAG – Timeline for Auditor General reports in counties”
For unknown reasons, the Auditor General has scanned and uploaded his own reports as pdfs that exclusively contain pictures showing the pages. This means that our eyes can read them, but a computer can’t do it with the standard software. We have changed this situation by OCR-reading (Optical Character Recognition) and re-uploading all the reports … Continue reading “Search within Auditor General Reports”
Start the year with reading the Audit Reports of the Kenyan Auditor General, if you find the time. The County Reports for the financial year 2016/2017 have been finally put online a few weeks ago here on the oagkenya.go.ke-Website. They usually entail a lot more stories than the few that a national newspaper can pick. … Continue reading “A New Year’s Read for Media People: The latest Auditor General Reports”
The Auditor General reports for the national government and counties for FY2014/2015 are out giving reporters an opportunity to follow key leads to develop exclusive stories. Reporters can easily access the audit reports which point to glaring misuse of public funds and at times diversion of funds to non core areas. The reports are already online … Continue reading “Auditor General Reports for 2014/15 finally online”
The Public Audit Act prescribes how the Auditor General should operate and, among others, it provides for penalties for anyone who obstructs official audits.