Govt sleeping on the wheel: Zimcodd 

Source: Govt sleeping on the wheel: Zimcodd –Newsday Zimbabwe

GOVERNMENT has been accused of failing to force State entities to regularly submit financial statements to the Auditor-General (AG), Mildred Chiri for audit.

A report by the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) issued this week revealed that ministries and local authorities have consistently failed to implement the AG’s recommendations in her audit reports, which has resulted in corrupt activities.

The Zimcodd report stated that the errant government entities and local authorities were enjoying impunity.

“The findings (in AG reports) do not inspire shock from readers as they are consistent with the usual reporting by the office of the Auditor-General. The challenge continues to be enforcing compliance of State entities to submit themselves for audit,” Zimcodd report read.

Former Finance minister Tendai Biti, who is also former chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee said the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) was the most corrupt among State entities.

Efforts to get a comment from presidential spokesperson George Charamba were fruitless yesterday as his phone was not being answered.

Biti said some countries had laws that punish non-compliance with government audit reports and if a government entity is non-compliant, no disbursements should be made to it.

“The problem is if you read all of those AG reports, the culprit is actually the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance is a regulatory authority, a gatekeeper, but we have a situation where the gatekeeper is the gatecrasher, and so it is a dog’s breakfast,” Biti added.

“We do not have that mandate; we wait for them to submit. What we can do is to recommend, and the authorities above them should enforce and give them guidance or penalties,” Chiri said.

Audit expert Rodney Ndamba said Chiri had no authority to implement changes.

“She will assess what is reported versus records and simply make recommendations. Nowadays there are long form audit reports which give finer details,” Ndamba said.

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    citizen 2 months ago

    The phrase is “Asleep at the wheel’

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 2 months ago

    Better than sleeping under the wheel comrades.

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    Nyoni 2 months ago

    More like we can do what we want and anyone who complains shut them up. Job Sikhala et al are proof of this mindset. Shame