President Jakaya Kikwete has given Premier Mizengo Pinda and Finance Minister Mustafa Mkulo until April 12 to table the Auditor General’s 2009/10 financial forensic and performance audit (FFPA) reports in parliament.
In a statement issued to the press in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the president directed his executives to specifically provide the parliament with details pertaining to the Controller and Auditor General’s (CAG) reports on national parastatals and on local and central governments accounting.
CAG Ludovick Utouh handed the reports to the president on March 29, as per the requirements stipulated in Article 28 of the 2008(11) National Law on Public Auditing in accordance with the constitution.
According to these directives, the president has to receive the CAG’s reports before the last working day of this month so that he can instruct the respective ministers to prepare a brief report for a subsequent sitting of the National Assembly.
This year’s CAG reports indicate that many public institutes have chronic financial and performance issues that need to be resolved, especially when it comes to accountability and expenses controls.
In his review of public service departments that span local governments, parastatals, government ministries and interestingly, Tanroad’s role in overseeing the construction of national roads, the CAG recommends greater restraints in the use of scarce financial and national resources.
Kikwete commended Utouh for his performance as CAG and his professionalism and diligence in handling public audits.
The President has further tasked the CAG to bring those found misappropriating public funding to justice, saying for the government to work property its executives need to realise that there are repercussions for flaunting its ethical standards and code of conduct.