MPs unhappy with Auditor General’s report findings


Harare (New Ziana)-Members of Parliament have expressed their disquiet over the Auditor-General (AG), Mildred Chiri’s, annual audit report findings and recommended that action should be taken against those misusing public funds.

The legislators were contributing during an interface with the media held in the capital on the 2020 AG (Auditor-General) reports.

The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust facilitated the occasion.

The 2020 AG reports exposed gross misuse of more than US$3 billion by Government ministries.

Public Accounts Committee Chair, Brian Dube, said there was need for consequences for misappropriating public funds.

“We worry about compliance with the Public Finance Management Act. The level of contamination of our finances is high. What is also seriously disappointing is the advance payments and non-deliveries of purchased items. Parliament must push for prosecution, repayments and restitution of all misappropriated funds,” he said.

Chairperson of the Budget and Finance committee, Mathew Nyashanu (Zanu PF), said it had become a tradition that ministries were ignoring the AG’s recommendations.

“Around 42 percent of the issues raised in the AG’s reports are related to governance issues. It means that there is total neglect of what they should be doing.

“Most of these are governance issues, we need to interrogate and investigate, starting with the Ministry of Finance,” he said.

Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa, said it was high time Parliament exercised its powers to make public finance misuse ended, beginning with not passing a flawed budget.

“Parliament has power, and going through these reports you then ask why we pass the budget because there is bad governance and lack of implementation of recommendations by the AG.

“The AG’s office is critical in interrogating and pointing out misuse of funds, and I think the only way forward is to invite the President to appear before Parliament to come and respond to why the Government has not implemented the AG’s recommendations,” he said.
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