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Someone wants the Auditor General out of Office 

Over the last few months, there has been a campaign to have the Auditor General prosecuted for corruption. He was being accused for overpricing the software that he used to revel the rot in the National Youth Service (NYS) saga.

The director of prosecution Mr. Keriako Tobiko cleared Edward Ouko of all the three charges which were leveled against him.

The investigations on the over-priced software has taken three years to complete.

Ouko is a hated man in the Jubilee circles. He was recently ridiculed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on a live Television coverage on the issue of auditing the Eurobond.

Members of parliament have also in the past passed laws to clip his powers.

Finally, the leader of majority Mr. Aden Duale has also criticized the Auditor General of using his audit reports to achieve political ends.

Officials from the OSI Kenya (the company that supplied the software for Ksh. 100 million) will be charged for corruption.

EACC had wanted Edward Ouko to be tried for abuse of office, engaging in a project with a plan and failing to observe procurement laws.

The Director of Prosecution has instead directed that the Deputy Auditor General Mr. Stephen Kinuthia to prosecuted on Edward Ouko’s first two charges. Kinuthia had received Ksh. 27 million out of the Ksh. 100 million cost of the software. The former Deputy Auditor General is also accused of conflict of interest, corruptly given money to a sales executive, engaging in corruption, collusion, and conspiracy to commit economic crimes.

Auditor General, Ouko is not yet free from the hook because there is a parliamentary process trying to remove him from the office. This was started after activist Martin Nkari filed a petition before parliament seeking for the removal of the Auditor General on grounds that the director of Public Prosecutions failed to address the matter conclusively.

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