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PROFILE: Who is Edward Akol, Uganda’s new Auditor General?

Edward Akol is Uganda's new Auditor General and has worked at the Institution since 1994 (photo/Courtesy)

Kampala, (UG):- The Appointments Committee of Parliament Thursday vetted Uganda’s Auditor General-designate, Mr Akol Edward after his recent appointment by President Museveni to replace the retiring AG John Muwanga.

Mr. Akol is set to become the executive head of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Uganda.

Muwanga who has served for more than 20 years⏤ first from 2001 to 2005 and later from July 2007 is set to leave the institution this July 2024 upon confirmation of Akol as the new AG.

But who is Akol?

Edward Akol joined the Office of the Auditor General on 8th August 1994, as an auditor. He was later promoted to senior auditor in July 1999 earning fast-rising ranks at the Institution.

Akol later became a senior principal auditor in May 2004 skipping the rank of Principal Auditor

On 26th November 2008, Akol was elevated to the rank of Assistant Director of Audit, a position that qualified him to become a member of Top Management. 

On 26th July 2010, Akol was promoted to become the Director of Audit, a position he held until 24th January 2023, when he was appointed Assistant Auditor General – Audit Division.

At the time of his appointment, Akol was serving as the deputy auditor general in charge of audit.

For his education, Akol holds a bachelor of commerce (accounting) degree from Makerere University which he attained in 1993.

He is also a graduate of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot-Watt University — Edinburgh Business School in the UK.

Akol, who is also CPA (K) qualified boasts of a long list of certificates in Training of Trainers (OAG 1997), Foreign Aid Accounting and Auditing (UMI, 2002), Instructional Techniques (AFROSAI, 2002), IT Auditing (AFROSAI, 2001), ADB Project Implementation (African Development Institution, 1999) and Forensic Investigations and Money Launders (Zambia 2006).

He is also an experienced auditor with a specialty in auditing Donor Funded Government Projects.

Described by colleagues as a humble, kind, considerate and professional auditor, Akol is a true description of a worker, who has risen through the ranks.

“He deserves to be the Auditor General. We believe his appointment was on merit because he has served through all the ranks. He knows the ins and outs of this office. He is a person, who does not compromise his integrity even if you are his friend,” a close colleague said.

Akol’s predecessor, John Muwanga says auditors promote good governance, transparency and effective accountability in the management and use of public resources.

“Audit reports are a credible, independent and objective source of information to our stakeholders on whether public resources are being utilised to improve service delivery to the citizens and foster the development of our country,” he said in a statement posted on their website.

“Our role and responsibilities while reporting on government expenditure, have further expanded to include better engagement with the citizens and stakeholders,” he added.

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