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SAI Kenya nabs 2017 Best Performance Audit Report Prize!

The winner of the coveted annual Best Performance Audit Prize in the AFROSAI-E region was announced this morning during the first day of the 2018 Strategic Review and Governing Board meeting. The report entitled, The Provision of Mental Healthcare Services in Kenya, was carried out by David Nyakiana, Joseph Gor and Vivienne Khatundi from the Office of the Auditor General of Kenya.

This is the second time that the Auditor General of Kenya wins the Prize.

According to the independent Prize jury, consisting of auditors from the SAIs of the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, the report is well written, and easy to understand. A straightforward and sensible design and the good use of external guidelines provide credible good practice against which the conditions in Kenya can be compared. In addition, the strong and relevant recommendations, requesting full implementation of the legislation and proposing improvements to the mental health care systems, clearly show the importance of the report to Parliament.

This award recognises SAI efforts to produce performance audit reports of high quality, timeliness and professionalism. The aim of the prize is to benchmark good practices in performance audits and to highlight efforts made by performance auditors.  

Congratulations also to the SAIs from Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda for having nominated performance audit reports to the Prize. It takes courage, self-confidence to expose your reports for comparison.

This year’s winning report is an excellent example of an audit dealing with a highly relevant topic, in the interest of the citizens.

Magnus Lindell, Deputy Auditor General of the Swedish National Audit Office, that sponsors the Prize, was in Kigali to hand over the award to the Auditor General of Kenya, Mr Edward Ouko. In handing over the prize, Magnus had this to say: I dare to say that performance auditing is making a real difference to the lives of citizens in the AFROSAI-E region. Performance audits, carried out independently, in accordance with professional standards and on topics of societal relevance, demonstrate the value and benefit of SAIs. By providing our parliaments with high quality performance audit reports, we support accountability and better use of public resources. Congratulations Mr Ouko on your dedicated support to performance audit. I trust that you will continue developing this area within your office’s mandate, hopefully encouraged by yet another award.”

AFROSAI-E congratulates Mr Ouko and the performance audit team for this great achievement. We hope that this is an inspiration to all SAIs in the region!