Profile of the incoming Auditor General Nancy Gathungu

Ms. Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu sought to be first Auditor General under the 2010 Constitution but was rejected. However, she seemed not to have lost hope.

Nancy Gathungu has been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to be the next Auditor General and going by precedence and the recent changes in the National Assembly which is to vet her, she will be confirmed.

She has a cumulative total of 26 years’ experience working in the public sector both the external and internal audit.

She has been serving as Director Quality Assurance, Office of the Auditor General until her appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as the new AG.

Nancy was employed in the office of Auditor General as an Audit associate in 1993 before being promoted in 1997 by the Public Service Commission (PSC) as an auditor of all Public Educational institutions in Central province.

She was recruited in 2000 as Senior Auditor by KNH, the largest referral hospital in East and central Africa staffing up to 5,000 employees, before being appointed as KNH Chief Internal Auditor in 2004.

In 2006, she was appointed as an Assistant Director of Audit at the office of the Controller of Budget and was part of the team that set up the Specialized Audit Services and headed the Quality assurance and IT Audit Divisions.

In 2010 she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director of Audit where she handled Communication and International Liaison and developed the first communication policy for the office as well as expanding partnerships with various Development partners and more Developed Supreme Audit Institutions.

She was deployed to Head the Corporate Services Department pending recruitment of a deputy Auditor General in 2011.

That same year she was deployed as Personal Assistant to the Auditor General after a deputy Auditor General was Recruited charged with the responsibility of providing technical assistance to the then transitional Authority that would oversee transition to devolution in the country.

Nancy would then be appointed to Head the Forensic Audit Directorate, Where she restructured the division for more effective and efficient service delivery.

She is a fellow of the International Auditor Fellowship Program that is facilitated by the office of the US Government Accountability Centre and selected by peers to give the graduation speech during its coronation.

She has participated in developing key manuals, policies and Documents at the office of Auditor General that include OAG Strategic plan 2018-2021, Forensic Audit Manual, Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO) Strategic plan 2007-2012 among others that helped shape Administration in the Office of Auditor General.

Currently, Nancy is a Strategic Management PhD candidate at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She also holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Bachelor Degree of Commerce (Accounting Option). She holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (K) and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

She is also a member of ICPAK, ISACA and Association of Women Accountants (AWAK), Advisory Committee at KNH, HIV/AIDS Coordinating committee among others.

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