An Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) has expressed fear that the country may not achieve the vision 2030 if government does not tackle the issue of misapplication and misappropriation of public funds.
Luena MP Charles Milupi observed that development and the attainment of the goal can only be realized if funds budgeted for specific programmes are fully ultilised for the intended purposes.
Mr. Milupi who is also Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairperson expressed sadness at the continued misapplication of public funds in government departments.
Mr. Milupi said government has a challenge of ensuring that it matches its expenditure with revenue measures if development is to take place.
Mr. Milupi who commended the Auditor General’s (AG) office for the work it is doing in highlight irregularities in the utilization of public funds said serious action should be taken against officers that are not doing a service to the country.
He told ZANIS in an interview that the report was an indication that the executive was not taking action on erring officers so as to help in reversing the trend.
“It is disappointing that yet again we are seeing the same issues that were reflected in the 2005 and 2006 AG’s reports,’ he stated.
He said the bodies empowered to undertaken oversight functions need to be given powers to also propose sanctions to be taken.
And Mr. Milupi says the National Constitution Conference (NCC) also needs to consider increasing the powers of oversight bodies.
Auditor General, Anna Chifungula has in her 2006 financial year revealed misapplication of about K65 billion by various government departments.
The report reveals glaring misapplication of K42. 8 billion and over K22 billion uncounted expenditures.
The report further indicated unconstitutional expenditure amounting to over K8 billion in various government Ministries and departments.
The ministries involved include Defence, Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Office of the President and the Vice President’s office
Other departments are Commission of Investigations, Zambia Police and Prisons Services.
Mrs. Chifungula said the excess expenditure of K8, 642, 049,204 is unconstitutional and would require approval by parliament as provided for under Article 117 of the republican constitution.