Civil societies defend Auditor General Ouko

Civil societies defend Auditor General Ouko

The civil society has now come to the defense of embattled auditor general Edward Ouko.

Sauti ya Mkenya Initiative CEO Macharia Waithera accuses the government of witch hunt in relation to a letter to the speaker demanding that Ouko be probed on grounds of abuse of office.

Waithera terms it as a scheme to oust Ouko and replace him with a corruption friendly auditor general.

While addressing the media, activist Macharia Waithera has registered his disappointment over what he termed as a ploy by the government to strip constitutional institutions of their independence.

Macharia says watchdog institutions are a prime target by the executive.

He has accused cartels who benefit from underhand deals of engineering Oukos ouster plans.

Concerning the purported letter addressed to National Assembly speaker Justine Muturi requesting a probe into Ouko’s conduct on grounds of nepotism and general abuse of office, Macharia says it is sheer witchhunt targeting to Auditor General and replace him with a corruption compliant individual.

Former Kenya Human Rights commission Chairman Yash Pal Ghai reiterated Macharia’s sentiments saying constitutional bodies’ independence must be respected.

He says its evident the government is determined to gag the independent institutions.

Ouko’s office has been at the centre of controversy with the executive accusing him of leaking sensitive information to the opposition.