Govt steals from its own pockets

In a statement issued Friday after tabling the 2018  audit reports for ministries, state entities and local authorities, Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri said the state used more than $2.5 billion more than what was budgeted for.

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In a statement issued Friday after tabling the 2018 audit reports for ministries, state entities and local authorities, Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri said the state used more than $2.5 billion more than what was budgeted for.
In a statement issued Friday after tabling the 2018 audit reports for ministries, state entities and local authorities, Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri said the state used more than $2.5 billion more than what was budgeted for.

Government last year over spent $2 billion without parliamentary approval, the Auditor-General has said.

In a statement issued Friday after tabling the 2018  audit reports for ministries, state entities and local authorities, Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri said the state used more than $2.5 billion more than what was budgeted for.

Chiri said parliament had approved the expenditure of $4.6 billion from the consolidated account but government used up to $7.1 billion.

“The excess expenditure was still to be regularised in terms of section 307 of the constitution,” Chiri said in her statement.

Without detailing, much Chiri said expenditure totalling $2 million was incurred on the purchase of vehicles, generators, excavators, syringe infusion pumps, a water bowser and biometric cards which were not delivered.

“There was no evidence that the ministries had followed up deliveries of the outstanding goods,” Chiri.

“Ministries processed payments amounting to $7 280 598 and $232 187 526 that were not adequately supported with receipts, invoices goods received notes and competitive quotations and this made it difficult for me to ascertain if these funds were used for the intended purposes,” Chiri said.

The AG noted that government ministries was slow in debt collection with the debtors increasing from $133 897 975 in 2017 to $416 852 415 in 2018.

“The increase demand for more effort to be put to recover the outstanding revenue by employing efficient follow up systems,” Chiri stated.

The AG also noted that of $100 000 released by treasury to the department of social welfare to pay old persons, only 39% of that was used for the intended purpose with the bulk of it going towards administration, hotel bookings and subsistence allowances.