Monrovia - Last week, the Auditor General of the Kenya National Audit Office, Edward Ouko accompanied by Liberia’s Auditor General Yusador Gaye submitted an audit report conducted by the Kenya Audit Office on the General Auditing Commission of Liberia to the National Legislature.
In presenting the report, Auditor General Ouko said during some of the years audited the GAC did not have in place proper accounting system, trial balance, ledger and other financial documents. But former Auditor General John S. Morlu, II who served some of the years accordingly audited by the Kenya Audit Office has written the current Auditor General Gaye, requesting a copy of the audit conducted by the Kenya Audit Office. In a letter dated April 29, former AG Morlu stated “I know that any mention of GAC hundred years from now, would still mention me and my staff, since we built that great institution from the dust and firth of oblivion, dysfunction and paralysis to a household name of public sector accountability. I am duly honored that Liberians have continued to see the GAC through the prism of the work we did while I served as Auditor General”. The former AG stated “That said, I am writing to request from you a copy of the said audit report and also request that the entire report be published. It does not matter whether it is draft form or final report”. The former AG also indicated in the letter that he is requesting copies of all audits conducted of the GAC affecting his tenure. “In the same vein, I am requesting also that your office send me copies of all other previous audits conducted of the GAC that affects anytime during my tenure. There were public reports that former AG Robert Kilby commissioned an audit of my tenure to be done by Parker & Associates, yet again, it was just in the media and no published reports and no copy was provided for me even after repeated requests”, stated Morlu. Professional issues Raised The former AG, who during his tenure as Auditor General, was applauded for his level of work declared that as matter of professional audit ethics, a draft copy of any report conducted during his period should have been sent to him. “Professionally, since a part of my period was included and lumped into the subsequent periods after my departure, it would be the fair and right thing for you to have sent a draft copy for my review and comment. This is required and accepted auditing standard, whether AICPA, PCAOB, or INTOSAI Standards. That is however, a moot point since it was not done, and you will not get a complaint from me at all because I believe that in the end the public discussion about the GAC will reignite the issues of public sector accountability and transparency. It is a minor inconvenience for me personally but the larger society interest is served and promoted by the discussion of fiscal probity and public sector accountability and transparency, especially in regard to the watchdog of Government.
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