Visiting Norwegian State Secretary for Development, Ingrid Fiskaa,says she is encouraged by the works the Auditor General has been doing in fighting corruption in the country
Ms. Fiskaa said the office has exposed a lot of misappropriation of public funds which has put pressure on government to act but was quick to mention that her government was impressed with the results from the Zambian government.
She said the Zambian government was acting responsibly in respect to the public funds.
Ms. Fiskaa has pledged her government’s continued support to the Auditor General’s office and other institutions.
And Auditor General, Anna Chifungula says her office is happy that relevant authorities have started taking action on some of the concerns raised in the audit reports.
Ms. Chifungula says the actions taken are indications of the keen interest the authorities have towards ensuring that the misuse of public resources and fight corruption as reported in the auditor general’s reports are dealt with.
She cited the probe in the purchase of motor vehicles which is currently under pursuit as one of the many successes that have been made in response to the audit reports.
Ms. Chifungula said this to journalists after Norwegian State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Ingrid Fiskaa and her delegation called on her in Lusaka today.
She has also disclosed that there has been a reduction in the number of cases of misused public resources in the recently released auditor general’s report.
She added that the auditor general’s office has intensified the coverage of audited institutions which has also helped in further reducing the misuse of public funds.
Ms. Chifungula has meanwhile hailed the Norwegian government for its continued support to her office through various programmes in the last ten years.