MPs criticise inertia on Auditor General’s report
|Auditor General Anna Chifungula (l)
with Norwegian state secretary for development and cooperation Ingrid
Members of Parliament have criticised the government’s
sluggishness in acting on the Auditor General's annual
Contributing to debates on the report by the Public Accounts
Committee of the Auditor General of 2009 on Wednesday, Roan member of parliament
Chishimba Kambwili said there was an element of negligence by the government on
its failure to act against offences and erring officers cited in the report
“It is sad, even ministers themselves fail to retire
imprest,” Kambwili said.
He said the only way the government could
minimise on audit queries was to employ professional controlling officers in the
ministries as opposed to political party cadres.
Kambwili said currently,
some ministers were scared to confront controlling officers for fear of losing
their jobs as they were appointed by the President.
“We need to take our
jobs seriously. Even the Office of the Vice-President has audit queries,” he
Kambwili called on the government leaders to lead by example if
they were to inculcate a sense of prudent management of resources in the civil
Kambwili said the government must fire envoys that mismanaged
the country’s resources.
And Luena member of Parliament Charles Milupi
said it was saddening that imprest was now being used like ‘grants’ in the civil
Milupi, who is also president of the Alliance for Democracy and
Development (ADD), said the country’s budget had stagnated for sometime because
of the mismanagement of national resources.
“It calls for great worry the
way we utilise resources in this country. Every year we debate in this House,
these issues come up,” Milupi said.
“Those people on your right, madam
speaker (Executive), have failed this country in as far as accountability is
He urged the government to emulate Tanzania whose President,
Jakaya Kikwete, called Cabinet ministers and people involved in the management
of resources to explain issues raised by the Auditor General’s
Public Accounts Committee chairperson Emmanuel Hachipuka said
most controlling officers did not appreciate the accounting
Hachipuka, who is also Mbabala member of Parliament, urged
the government to take action on the issues raised by the Auditor General’s
The Auditor General’s report has continued to highlight glaring financial
irregularities from government spending agencies, although little or no
action is seen from the government to solve the problem.