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Mugabe, Tsvangirai's offices misused funds, says Auditor General

by Staff reporter
06 Nov 2013 at 03:01hrs | Views
The Comptroller and Auditor-General, Mildred Chari, yesterday tabled before Parliament audited reports for the financial year ended December 2011, which revealed there was gross misuse of funds and assets by ministries including the President's Office and Prime Minister's Office.

In her latest report she said that the President's Office  and several ministries, state enterprises failed to produce documents for auditing purposes such as invoices, receipts and goods received to support payments against the votes.

For instance she said Mugabe's Office paid for assets valued at $449 759 without attaching invoices to validate the payments. Chari also said out of the $15 021 960 expenditure by the then Prime Minister's Office, the office could not provide 24 payment vouchers for auditing.

The Comptroller and Auditor-General said it was difficult to prove whether the expenditure was incurred for the intended purpose.

The report on the 2011 budget appropriations was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday and showed that some ministries failed to maintain proper asset records, circumvented tender procedures and others collected revenue which was not surrendered to treasury.

It says wasteful expenditure and fraudulent activities were rampant in most ministries and that there was poor management of domestic and foreign travel allowances.

The Comptroller and Auditor-General urged ministries and government departments to follow treasury regulations so as to foster accountability in the public sector.

Source - voa