Nancy Gathungu: Who is this Uhuru’s nominee for Auditor General post?

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today nominated Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu for Auditor General.

Kabui emerged first among the top three candidates presented to President Kenyatta for nomination by the recruitment panel.

A statement from State House said that Gathungu’s name has been forwarded to the National Assembly for vetting.

This is the second time the President has restarted the process to fill in the Auditor General’s position after the first attempt failed. The applicants had academic and technical qualifications but lacked unique aspects such as independence, tactfulness and diplomacy to manage the relationship between three arms of the government.

Little is known about Kabui who has been the Director of Quality Assurance at the Auditor-General’s office.

She will take over the position for eight years if Parliament approves her nomination.

The country has been without a substantive Auditor-General after Ouko, the first person to occupy the office under the 2010 constitution, retired last year.

Those who were shortlisted in the special Gazette Notice issued on May 15 included Gathungu,  Leonard Lari, Edwin Kipkoech, Benson Ochieng, Silvester Ngei, Elizabeth Wangui, Idris Abdi, Meshack Obiero, Paul Wangila and Denis Theuri.

Her first assignment if confirmed by the national assembly will be to audit and report on the accounts of the national and County governments.

Within the first six months in office her office will also audit and record the accounts of all funds and authorities of the national and county governments.