Egypt auditing authority still leaderless

Ahram Online, Thursday 13 Oct 2011

Concerns mount as ruling military holds back on appointing a new head for organisation that monitors government departments and public sector firms

Gawdat El-Malt, former head of the Central Auditing Organisation (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt’s Central Auditing Organisation (CAO) is currently without a head after the government failed to assign a replacement for Gawdat El-Malt, whose controversial mandate ended on Sunday.

The CAO supervises the management of public sector companies and government departments. 

WIth the top post vacant, the CAO is unable to properly perform its functions, as the head’s approval is required on periodic reports as well as those requested by the prosecutor general and other investigatory bodies such as the Illicit Profiteering Authority.

Initial rumours that El-Malt’s mandate would be extended by four months met dissent from CAO employees and other political groups who have accused him of corrupt practices.

Protesters gathered Sunday morning in front of CAO headquarters in Cairo. El-Malt has not been reappointed, nor has a replacement been named.

The head of the CAO is appointed by the President, whose duties are now performed by the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SCAF). 

Commentators have expressed concern about their failure to appointment a replacement, normally done before the current head leaves his position.

The paralysis of the CAO, which monitors financial and business irregularities, is especially worrying to many given Egypt's post-Mubarak pledged to rid itself of corruption.

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