By Kiptanui Rutto
Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu was on Friday sworn in as the next Auditor General after nomination by President Uhuru Kenyatta nearly a month ago. This came after the retirement of former Auditor General Edward Ouko in August 2019.
Kenyans, across all walks of life want to know who their next Auditor General is. From our research, we found the following facts about Nancy Gathungu.
She hail from Nyeri and has a cumulative total of 26 years of experience working in the public sector both the external and internal audit.
Gathungu was employed in the office of Auditor General as an Audit associate in 1993 before joining the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 1997 as an auditor of all Public Educational institutions in the then Central province.
Gathungu joined Kenyatta National Hospital as Chief Internal Auditor then Senior Auditor from 2000 to 2006 where she was appointed as an Assistant Director of Audit at the office of the Controller of Budget heading the Quality Assurance and IT Audit Divisions. She was part of the team that set up the Specialized Audit Services.
She was then promoted as the Deputy Director at Kenya National Audit Office from September 2010 to January 2014. She was in charge of Quality Assurance, IT Audit, Staff Development, International Liaison and Communication. That same year she was deployed as Personal Assistant to the Auditor General charged with the responsibility of providing technical assistance to the then transitional Authority that would oversee transition to devolution in the country.
Gathungu climb the ladder to the position of Director of Audit a post she held for 6 years at the Office of the Auditor General. She headed the Forensic Audit Directorate where she transformed the division for more effective and efficient service delivery.
She has participated in developing OAG Strategic plan 2018-2021, Forensic Audit Manual, Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO) Strategic Plan 2007-2012 among others key manuals, policies and documents at the office of Auditor General.
Gathungu is a candidate at JKUAT persuing a PhD in Strategic Management. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Bachelor Degree of Commerce (Accounting Option), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (K) and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
She is a member of the International Auditor Fellowship Program that is facilitated by the office of the US Government Accountability Centre. Gathungu is also a member of ICPAK, ISACA and Association of Women Accountants (AWAK), Advisory Committee at KNH, HIV/AIDS Coordinating committee among others.
According to State House, Gathungu was the first among the top three candidates presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta for nomination by the Recruitment Panel.