For too long, public servants have committedthe State to liabilities that were not budgeted for.
This wasthe statement made by a disappointed Finance and Education Minister, James Marape today.
Minister Marape’said individuals have abusedthe process of awarding contracts, which has causedthe recent saga withthe Education Department in NCD.
The news conference by Finance Minister James Marape was to clearthe air concerningthe confrontation by NCD contractors atthe Fincorp House last week.
A vocal Marape’stressed that contracts are issued by state agencies and agents when money is available and budgeted for.
Minister Marape explained that junior officers fromthe finance and education department have madethese commitments to over 200 contractors ranging between K100, 000 to half a million.
He announced that a team fromthe Finance, Fraud, Auditor General and representatives fromthe contractors will be tasked to carry out a thorough investigation into this matter.
Apart fromthe investigation, Minister Marape will be issuing a circular instruction to government departments, including provincial administrators onthe matter of spending outside allocated budget.
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