Retired CAG says transparency key factor to enhance accountability

18Nov 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Retired CAG says transparency key factor to enhance accountability

TRANSPARENCY is an important factor that will lead to accountability in government’s revenue collection and expenditure hence the two must go hand in hand.

Retired Controller and Auditor General, Ludovick Utouh said in Dodoma mid this week that transparency will force all civil servants and elite public officials to be more accountable for fear of being censured.

 “By ensuring transparency and good governance, many public officials will be accountable because the public will be seeing things that are happening,” Utouh who is currently founder and Director of Wajibu, said. Wajibu is a not for profit accountability organisation based in Dar es Salaam.

He revealed that an international symposium on transparency and accountability which begins in Arusha city today is aimed at discussing the two issues as key factors if Africa is to realise its development goals.

“During the two days symposium, local and foreign experts in the field will present papers and case studies on the importance of transparency in enhancing accountability of public officials,” he noted. The former CAG who is also ITAC founder further noted that the issue of transparency and good governance is a required of the country’s constitution hence cannot be ignored.

“We expect to have some 500 delegates at the symposium who will mostly come from African countries but also some from outside the continent,” he added while revealing that Vice President Dr Philip Mpango is expected to officially open the meeting.

ITAC is a brainchild of Wajibu and is designed for people to meet and discuss trends on transparency and accountability, sharing best practices, successes and challenges in order to promote an interdisciplinary learning in hastening the transformation process by promoting the culture of transparency and accountability in our societies. The conference theme is “Transformation to a culture of total transparency and accountability.

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