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House oversight secretariats call for audit law amendment

27th November 2010
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Parliamentary oversight committee secretariats have recommended institution of penalties or surcharges on Public officers responsible for loss or misuse of public funds under their custodianship.

This is one of the resolutions of the four-day workshop of the Oversight Committees Secretariats on the work of the Controller and Auditor General which was conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) in Dar es Salaam.

The facilitator of the workshop, George Haule, a Performance Auditor with the National Audit Office said the secretariats called for amendments of the Public Audit Act, 2008 and its regulations to stipulate the procedures for the National Assembly to procure an external firm to Audit NAO.

Haule said the secretariats had also resolved that NAO should arrange capacity building workshops for legislators serving in Parliamentary Watchdog Committees and other related Committees on how they can effectively use performance Audit reports in questioning responsible officers.

In his closing remarks, Charles Mloka who represented Clerk of the National Assembly of Tanzania stressed to members of the secretariats to follow principles of accountability when executing their duties.

“You must take into consideration issues such as good governance, risk managements, control and reporting on performance (so as) to seriously serve the taxpayers of the country,” he said.

For his part, Jumaa Mshihiri, Acting CAG thanked the presenters and facilitators from National Assembly, NAO, Ministry of Finance, Office of the Treasury Registrar and Public Procurement Regulator Authority for their contributions in the success of the workshop.

Opening the workshop on November 22, this year, Clerk of the National Assembly has called on the three oversight committee of Parliament to improve their performance by equipping themselves with the appropriate and relevant knowledge to effectively control public resources.

He pointed out that the challenge that the parliamentary staff faced was to build their capacity in research so as to be better able to control public resources. He added; the Audit Office and the NAO were responsible for managing an enormous amount of public resources.

 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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