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OAG Kenya awarded for the best performance audit report

The Office of the Auditor-General, Kenya won the Best Performance Audit Prize, 2017. The report examined The Provision of Mental Healthcare Services in Kenya and stood out amongst other entries from other Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) from the African region.



The Prize was awarded on 7th May, 2018, during the 15th Annual Governing Board Meeting of African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E), in Rwanda.  The Auditor-General, Edward Ouko, led the Kenyan team in receiving the Award. David Nyakiana, Joseph Gor and Vivienne Khatundi, conducted the award-winning audit.

This is the second time SAI Kenya has won the Prize. In 2012 the Office also won the Prize on a performance audit that looked at Specialised Healthcare Delivery at Kenyatta National Hospital: Waiting-time for Cancer, Renal and Heart Patients.

According to the independent Prize Jury, consisting of auditors from the SAIs of the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, the report was well written, and easy to understand. The Jury further stated that the strong and relevant recommendations, requesting full implementation of the legislation and proposal of improvements to the mental health care systems, clearly show the importance of the report to Parliament. 

Ten reports from the SAIs of Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, were formally approved to participate according to the award´s stipulated requirements. The Jury was unanimous on Kenya as the 2017 winner.

MrMagnus Lindell, Swedish National Audit Office’s (SNAO’s) Deputy Auditor General, International Affairs, made the announcement and presented the Prize at the Kigali Meeting. He said the report looked at a highly-relevant topic.

“This year’s winner of the prize is an excellent example of an audit dealing with a highly relevant topic, in the interest of the citizens. By providing our parliaments with high quality performance audit reports, we support accountability and better use of public resources”, Mr Lindell said.

This award recognizes SAIs’ efforts to produce performance audit reports that are of high quality, timely and professional. The aim of the prize is to benchmark good practices in performance audits and to highlight efforts made by performance auditors.  

The award, sponsored by SNAO, consists of a study visit to Sweden for the team leader and the team members to exchange views and knowledge with their Swedish counterparts.

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