The Report of the Auditor General on the Accounts of the Republic for the financial year ended 30th September 2015 is out with an unvouched expenditure of 349 million kwacha ranking the highest irregularity followed by undelivered materials at 251 million kwacha.
Unvouched expenditure is where payment vouchers are either missing, unsupported or inadequately supported by relevant documents such as receipts and purchase orders.
This irregularity remains an area of high concern as it makes it difficult to ascertain the authenticity of expenditure incurred.
The Report has also seen an increase in irregular payments from 26 million kwacha in 2014 to 115 million kwacha in 2015.
Irregular payments are payments made outside the normal practice or acceptable regulations or norms.
On the other hand Misapplication of funds have seen a reduction from 73 million kwacha in 2014 to 28 million kwacha in 2015
Furthermore, the report has issues such as outstanding arrears, failure to meet revenue targets on individual tax types, failure to recover domestic tax debt and failure to collect ground rates among others.
The public may wish to know that during the year 2016 the Office carried out a number of audits and interacted with the Controlling Officers extensively to provide them with an opportunity to take corrective action on the findings of the Audits.
In this regard, the report contains ninety (90) paragraphs, of which eighty-four (84) are on audit findings while six (6) are on other matters. These remained unresolved during the audit process and corrective actions were not undertaken as of 30th September 2016.
The table below shows a comparative summary of the issues contained in the report:
The report is now a public documents which can be accessed from Office of the Auditor General in Long acres and the office website: www.ago.gov.zm.
Issued by: Ellen Chikale (Ms.)
Head Public Relations