Hon. Mutotwe Kafwaya, a presidential candiate for the post of PF president, has recently spoken out against the government’s reliance on alleged illegal audits. In a public statement, he expressed his shock and disappointment over the recent use of illegal audits against senior staff members in the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.
“The recent audit being used against the Auditor General and Ministry of Finance senior staff was done illegally by a private firm,” stated Hon. Kafwaya. “Government should eliminate its love for illegal audits. All audits in Government are provided for by law.”
Hon. Kafwaya went on to challenge the Ministry of Finance and National Planning to prove that the Secretary to the Treasury had sanctioned the illegal audit activity. He called the behavior of those who carried out the illegal audit “unethical” and “unprofessional.”
“I dare say this audit had no authority. It was illegal. The officer or officers who undertook this audit should be put to task for wasting taxpayers’ money on an illegal activity,” said Hon. Kafwaya. “All actions of government workers must have authority.”
The political figure also raised concerns over the individuals being lined up to take over as Auditor General, suggesting that they may be capable of conducting illegal audits to benefit their friends. “Will this country ever receive free and fair views of financial, operational, and governance performance of government with such unethical individuals as AG?” he asked.
Hon. Kafwaya’s statements come in the wake of a regional purge, where unwanted staff members were removed from the Ministry of Finance and National Planning based on the findings of the illegal audit. He criticized the actions of the government, stating that transferring staff out of a ministry on the basis of investigations is not provided for by law or any procedures of government.
“This country belongs to all,” said Hon. Kafwaya. “Government should reduce on this visible regional purge. Remember that accountant who is accused of being the owner of 48 houses. He was not transferred out of MoFND for those alleged offenses.”
Hon. Kafwaya called for the illegal audit to be discarded and those who carried it out to be held accountable for acting outside of the law. He also quoted Matthew 7:12, “Do unto others what you wish for them to do unto you,” in a call for more ethical and professional behavior in the government.
“Happy Sunday. Restoring everything patriotic,” he concluded.