Auditor General Ouko in a past grilling session. [Photo/Courtesy]
Auditor General Ouko in a past grilling session. [Photo/Courtesy]

Auditor General Edward Ouko has sued President Uhuru Kenyatta over the latest push to remove him from office.

In a petition filed in court on Thursday by his lawyer Otiende Amollo, Ouko also sued Attorney General Githu Muigai, National Assembly and its Speaker Justin Muturi.

The Auditor General urged the court to stop ongoing efforts by the National Assembly to remove him from office.

He also wants Justin Muturi barred from forwarding any recommendations made by the National Assembly to President Uhuru Kenyatta that would lead to the constitution of a tribunal to investigate him.

In his submission, Mr Ouko said that he was not given time to defend himself, further noting that it is not clear what allegations he is facing and who his accusers were.

The petition to remove the auditor general from office was filed by advocate Emmanuel Mwagonah last month.

Mr Mwagonah accused Ouko of spending most of his time abroad on personal business, disguised as official trips and wasting public funds to the tune of Ksh1 million in form of phone bill while abroad.

Auditor General Ouko is also being accused of irregularly authorizing the procurement of an Audit Vault software worth Ksh100 million instead of Ksh18 million, and having five vehicles – two Mercedes Benz, a Toyota Land Cruiser VX, a Volkswagen Passat and a Nisan Patrol – in his possession.

In his defense before the Finance, Trade and Planning Committee last week, Ouko denied the claims terming the allegations strange.

He said that all the trips he had made abroad were official while rubbishing claims that he had five cars allocated to him. He said he only has a new and old Mercedes Benz assigned to him for security reasons due to sensitivity of his job.

Auditor General Ouko also faces allegations of nepotism with Mwagonah claiming he had filled most senior positions with members of the Luo community.

“I am aware that the office has incorporated 23 tribes in its 1,273 employment workforce with the highest being members of the Kikuyu community at 408 (32.05 per cent),” said Ouko.

The Auditor General wants the court to quash the decision by the Speaker Muturi and Clerk of the National Assembly to commit the petition seeking his removal to Parliament’s Department Committee.