Auditor General’s Office Push For Amendment Of Act

Thomas Makiwa, Acting AG Thomas Makiwa, Acting AG

Acting Auditor General, Thomas Makiwa is asking the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament (PAC) to push for the amendment of the Auditor General Act fearing that its current state continues to stand in the way of strategic operations of the office.

Makiwa told PAC on Thursday that delays to appoint a permanent Auditor General is one of the challenges his office is experiencing.

On this, Makiwa observes that his hands are tied to perform other duties as he is still acting in this position.

“Lack of a substantive Auditor General has implications on the strategic direction of the office.

“What we have discussed is that the provision that has provided the delay to recruit the Auditor General should be reviewed,” Makiwa added.

The current Act gives a mandate to an acting officer to serve in this position for up to four years, a situation Makiwa described as an anomaly in the law.

PAC Chairperson, Joyce Chitsulo after meeting a team from the Auditor General’s office, made an assurance, through consultations are to be conducted to clear out the glitch in the current Act.

“Since 2018 we don’t have an Auditor General in place, we invited to hear from them and how best to move forward even if is amending the law so that we can have an Auditor General in place,” said Chitsulo.

The reigning Acting Auditor General has served in this position for close to four years now.

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Last modified on Monday, 06/06/2022

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