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September 28, 2021

Auditor General’s Office lacks funding to fulfill constitutional mandate

A parliamentary committee says the Auditor General’s Office is not able to carry out most of its constitutional duties due to a lack of funding over the years.

Deputy Chair of PAC, Benjamin Poponawa, said an enquiry was made into the funding and resourcing of the Auditor General in the last two years.

“The committee has recommended considerable increases in funding and resourcing, and it is clear that the office of the Auditor General was not for many years able to fulfill its constitutional mandate.

The Public Accounts Committee revealed this during a hearing into the Funding and Resourcing of this Office” for the financial year 2013.

Witnesses also revealed that certain monies meant for this office were parked in the National Planning department without explanation.

The National Planning and Finance Secretaries failed to appear before the inquiry despite being summoned.

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