Saturday, June 22, 2024

MPs default in paying water, power and phone bills ÔÇô Auditor General

Scores of Members of Parliament are defaulting in paying their water and electricity and telephone bills as set out in the conditions of service ÔÇô The auditor General’s report has revealed. According to the report, the agreement is that the costs of water and electricity used by MPs should be borne by a members in full, but “ it has been noted that there were some members who owed electricity used for various periods dating back to January ,2011.”

The Auditor General said in the case of water consumed it is currently not possible to bill members individually because of one common meter for the parliamentary Village complex. As a result “members enjoy this utility on government hospitality” He advised that steps be taken to correct this. In respect to telephone usage he says members are expected to pay two third of all metered calls and for all identifiable private calls but his audit established that arrears of contributions from members in respect to private usage had accumulated since April 2012. “Payment for private usage of the facility should be made promptly on receipt of telephone accounts”, he advised.

On another matter he said government was not getting value for money from a contract with an unnamed security company contracted to provide security for the 36 treasury offices throughout the country. He revealed that the company contracted by the Ministry of Finance and development Planning for a period of 24 months at contract price of P1,696 149,50 has the following obligations: “Provision of 24 hours security services at the premises by providing protection to property and people including guarding and patrolling the premises; Employment of appropriate technical skills and methods which are normally required for class of security services for which it is engaged and installation of alarms amongst other things.” An audit by the Auditor General however found that the company which is based in Jwaneng does not have offices in the areas where the country wide treasury cashiers are located.

Further that it was unlikely that the contractor would perform the above duties with diligence, efficiency and economy which is contemplated in the agreement and is therefore doubtful whether government would obtain value for money.

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