The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee plans to introduce on-spot audit checks on all government departments effective next year.
The committee chairperson, Nandala Mafabi, says the Auditor General's findings in recent years have uncovered several of anomalies in regulation and accounting practice. The irregularities range from failure by government departments to make sound economic plans to tampering with the accounts.
Mafabi says audits by the Auditor General do not give a reliable and authentic picture of the government's financial management. He says the accounts do not provide reliable data for the decision makers and do not ensure the authenticity of the yearly reports and the balance sheets.
Mafabi says the serious irregularities could be dealt with through regular on-spot audits. He is optimistic that if implemented, the on-spot audits will reduce the possibility of tampering with accounts and speed up the punishment of corrupt officials.
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Parliament also wants the Auditor General to conduct a value for money audit as opposed to the book audit. The value for money audit, determines the extent to which resources are managed with due regard to the economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
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