12 March 2014

Kenya: Auditor General Defends Sh100 Million Software

AUDITOR General Ed- ward Ouko has defended the Sh100 million audit of software purchased by his office. In a statement reacting to yesterday's story in the Star, Ouko denied that the software had not been delivered since October last year when the full amount was paid.

He also defended his office's move to single- source the software saying the Public Procurement and Oversight Authority was informed and did not object.

"The audit vault software was delivered on the agreed timelines and is securely in the custody of the Office of the Auditor General. This fact can be verified. The next stage of implementation has commenced and progressing steadily," he said.

Ouko said the software "audit vault" is key and vital to his office's operations. He said the entire government is using the Integrated Financial Management Information System in its accounting systems.

Ouko said his office had seen the need to invest in necessary software tools to be more proactive and able to undertake preventive and effective audits of government.

"The audit vault is a centralised database that securely stores audit information. It has the ability to collect and consolidate audit data online and real time hence enabling us to trace and store the transaction data real-time," he said.

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