The Office of the Auditor General has announced the commencement of the auditing of accounts for the financial year ending 31st December 2020.
Auditor General Dick Sichembe has since made a clarion call for all auditees to ensure that their book of account and other records are put in order in readiness for the audit.
Dr Sichembe says the office will not suspend any audits this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will carry out the work within the laid down health guidelines.
He said, in this regard, auditees must be ready and facilitate for smooth flow of information even with the rotational work schedules that have been put in place in Ministries, Provinces and Agencies (MPAs) as directed by the Secretary to Cabinet.
The Auditor General cautioned that he will not entertain any auditees who will fail to provide the information, adding that engagement letters have already started being issued which will spell out the timelines and the information required.
Dr Sichembe further observed that transparency and accountability is the backbone of good corporate governance which all auditees should uphold.
He noted that it is a requirement by law that auditees provide information to Auditors and this must be done within the given timelines as failure to do so is an offence according to Section 82 of the Public Finance Management Act number 1 of 2018.
He added that therefore, adherence to the timelines is non-negotiable as the Auditor General is required by the Constitution to submit the report on accounts of the preceding financial year by September 30th every year.
This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Office of the Auditor General Head of Public Relations Ellen Chikale.