Exploring internal auditor independence motivators: Kenyan perspective
Kamau, Charles Guandaru
Nduati, Samuel Kariuki
Mutiso, Agnes Ndinda
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The institute of internal auditors expressed the role of internal audit as that providing objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. In performing this role the internal auditors are required by the international standards to exercise professional independence and objectivity. Audit independence means freedom from conditions that threaten mental attitude which is unbiased. The literature suggests several factors which affect the audit independence in Kenya, which are explored in this study. The study collected its data using a self-made questionnaire which was distributed among auditors in Kenya so as to establish the status of internal auditor’s independence in Kenya. The data collected was subjected to multiple regression analysis so as to test hypotheses and make conclusions on internal audit independence and its motivators in Kenya. The study established that that auditor’s involvements in management and audit committee effectiveness, among other factors have significant influence on the internal auditor’s independence in Kenya.