Babati councillors tasked to fight against embezzlement

30Jun 2022
Correspondent
Manyara
The Guardian
Babati councillors tasked to fight against embezzlement

BABATI Town Councillors in Manyara Region have been called to closely supervise the town council officials so as to tame embezzlement of public funds and poor supervision of development projects.

The call was made here yesterday by the Acting Assistant Manyara Regional Administrative Secretary, Jackson Kisaka at the council’s special meeting that discussed the 2020/21 report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG).

Kisaka said the town council has received a clean audit certificate but the councillors are required to assist the town director for more achievements.

He said the council’s reliable source of funds is the Main Babati Bus stand, but the revenue collection thereof was not very good.

"There is great laxity and it will be better to remove the current revenue collectors at the bus stand,” Kisaka said.

He said in the next financial year he would like to see audit queries are not repeated even though they received a clean audit certificate.

Meanwhile, CAG External Auditor for Manyara Region, Paschal Lawrence said a lot of money from the 10 per cent of the council’s internal funds given as loans to vulnerable groups has not been repaid as compared to other councils in the region.

Manyara region’s Audit Consultant from the Office of the President – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Falesi Kibasa said Manyara Region leads in revenue collection and supervision of development projects.

He said the region received 80 audit queries from CAG that are yet to be closed while 10 are in court being dealt with by the PCCB, hence he said 70 queries are still outstanding for all seven local councils of Manyara Region.

 

He said out of the 184 local councils countrywide Manyara region has two councils out of five that do well, according to the CAG report.

He said it is better for the council to have three projects that are completed than 10 that are incomplete.

Manyara regional Commissioner, Makongoro Nyerere said no council will attain development if it does not collect revenue.

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