By: Foday Manneh
Following the appointment of a new Auditor General of the National Audit Office (NAO) of The Gambia, the Alkamba Times has been reliably informed that the former boss of NAO, Karamba Touray, has retired.
The appointment of Modou Ceesay raised public concern and questions over his predecessor, with many wondering whether he was sacked, redeployed, or took retirement.
“Karamba was not removed. He has retired and was retained on contract. That contract has now expired, and it was not renewed,” a source told TAT.
As stated in the National Audit Act 2015, the Auditor General shall hold office for a term not exceeding nine years. They shall vacate their office when they attain the compulsory retirement age.
However, Mr. Touray, hailed for instilling standards and best practices in the NAO, would be remembered for his stance in ensuring truth, accountability, and transparency by uncovering serious corruption while serving both the previous and the current government.
His days saw tremendous advances in national Audit, with the former AG keenly conscious of the comprehensive role conferred on him as the Auditor responsible for transparency in national accounts and all public offices.