The latest Auditor-General’s report shows that in most areas loss of public funds has increased to alarming levels under the PF.
The report shows that there have been some insignificant improvements in some areas during the period the PF has been in power.
Under PF, unvouched expenditure has massively increased to K 553,142,715,946 in 2012 (under PF) compared to K 77,014,932,341 in 2011, (a period under MMD).
The non accountability of public funds through ‘No submission of expenditure returns’ has increased between 2011 and 2012 from K27, 083,333,334 in 2011, to K107,765,375,773 in 2012.
Loss of funds through ‘over payments’ have increased between 2011 and 2012 from K6,000,000 in 2011 to K 206,913,870 in 2012.
Unaccounted for stores have increased under PF from K22 billion in 2011, under MMD to K43billion in 2012 under PF.
Misappropriation of funds has reduced but only by about half. In 2011 the MMD stole
(K1,060,362,947) but the PF only in 2012 only stole (K 463,631,579) under this method. Note that they stole massively under the other methods highlighted above.
Commenting on this, Tnsaparency International Zambia Chief Executive Officer Goodwel Lungu said that ‘misappropriation of funds should not be existent as K 463,631,579 is a huge sum of public funds to go down the drain. In our view, these funds can make a difference if properly utilized on a lot of constructive issues.
Lungu further said ‘we also have noted that loss of public funds through ‘irregular payments’ has also reduced by slightly over K 2 billion, from K 4,233,314,411 in 2011 to K 1,438,527,391 in 2012.
He said that as TIZ, we urge the government to safe guard public resources in every way possible. What worries us most is that the culprits for the loss of these funds are known, but the law does not seem to catch up with them. We recommend that all controlling officers who are not in control of public resources should be dismissed in public interest, as we cannot allow such a situation to continue year in year out.
TIZ further demanded that culprits associated with most of these issues should also be dealt with severely.
TIZ said while it commends the Auditor General’s Office for the good work done, it is worried that the continued lack of accountability of public funds is not showing any signs of major improvements.
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