A Debswana internal audit set up to “establish compliance with applicable polices” in the award of the Jwaneng Mine Treatment Replacement Pre-Feasibility Study and the Orapa No.3 Plant Phase One, has turned up “administrative errors” stated a Debswana press release this week.
The press statement signed by Public and Corporate Affairs Manager, Jacob Sesinyi, says, “The audit is of the opinion that although a control frame work exists, there were administrative errors within the context of establishing the two contracts that were the focus of the audit.”
The audit followed complaints of fraud and corruption in the award of the tenders, which are a small portion of the P 6 billion Debswana plant reconstruction project.
“Management has committed itself to putting in place an appropriate plan to resolve all audit concerns highlighted, ensuring the ongoing integrity of the control environment,” the Debswana press statement said. “There is no indication in the report that any of the administrative errors committed in the tender process and /or payments of certificates in respect of work completed happened intentionally.”
Complaints filed with Debswana questioned the way projects were “wrongfully and unlawfully” shifted to companies that had not won the contracts.
The press statement said, “Furthermore, the Managing Director has been assured by the deputy Managing Director of Debswana, Mr. Len Makwinja, and other senior Debswana Executives that at no point in the process did anyone of them try to influence the tender process.”