Monday, August 10, 2020

PAC meetings resume next week

The Public Accounts Committee says it will resume meetings next week May 17th to June 8th with various Government functionaries expected to account for their fiscal expenditure for the financial year ended March 31st.

The PAC has a sole purpose of ensuring that various government departments are compliant with the Public Audit Act, Public Finance Management Act, other Statutory Instruments, Financial Instructions and Procedures and any other applicable laws and regulations.

The Committee is sanctioned by the National Assembly standing orders of 105.3.

In the previous meetings, the Committee found that a number of governmental ministries and departments fell short of their financial objectives. The Director of Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS), Isaac Kgosi is expected to appear before the Committee on Wednesday 18th to answer for his department’s questionable financial expenditure.

Even though, no mention is made of the legality or otherwise of the Directorate in 2008, startling revelations are made of how the hasty inception of that country’s secret service, on the eve of Khama’s ascension to the highest office, led to the diversion of close to P12.4 million in the accounts of the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) from its intended use to the formation of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS). This is because there was no accounting code for an otherwise nonexistent department.

Another ministry that has come under fire is the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism.

Although it was formerly a closed session, former opposition MP Nehemiah Modubule and PAC Chairman lobbied for the meetings to be made open allowing for the public and media to attend.

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