More than ¢70 million cannot be accounted for due to mismanagement of funds- Auditor General’s report

The Auditor General has recommended punitive actions against management and staff of organisations who mismanage funds and resources brought under their care.

This follows revelations by the Auditor General that approximately ¢77.14 million cannot be accounted for due to mismanagement of funds and resources by the various district assemblies across the country.

The deficiencies were identified in transactions under accounts such as cash management, contract, procurement and stores, and taxes.

These revelations are contained in the 2020 Auditor General’s report for the year ending December 2020.

According to the report, operations of the assemblies created avenues for some officials to mismanage funds and resources at approximately ¢77.14 million.

The report indicated that widespread instances of malfeasance and mismanagement of finances and resources of the assemblies by public officials are indicative that the Ministry of Local Government has not significantly implemented recommendations in the Auditor General’s previous report.

The Auditor General has therefore recommended to the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development to set up effective monitoring and follow-up mechanisms to track actions to be taken on recommendations made in the report of the Auditor General.

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