Parly lauds Auditor General re-appointment, says a “clean” government a must

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Advocate Jacob Mudenda

HARARE – Speaker of the National Assembly,  Advocate Jacob Mudenda said on Monday Parliament was firmly behind the  re-appointment of Auditor General Mildred Chari as her office was  critical in assisting the legislature keep the government accountable.

Chiri, well known for her critique and disclosure of financial  irregularities in government and local authorities, was mid-last year  unceremoniously dismissed from her job in a decision that riled the  nation across the political divide.

Legislators later blocked the appointment of Industrial Development  Corporation chief executive officer Mike Ndudzo, who the government had  proposed to replace Chiri, saying he was not suitable for the job as he  had a history of failure.

Finance and Economic Development Minister, Patrick Chinamasa said late  last year the government had re-engaged Chiri for a fresh term. Adv Mudenda told legislators and other stakeholders at a post 2018  National Budget meeting that the Auditor General’s Office was key in  keeping government “clean.”

“The reappointment of the AG will boost investor confidence, locally  and internationally. A clean government attracts business and capital,” he said.

He said Parliament would ensure that it followed up on issues  previously highlighted by Chiri and make recommendations to the  government to ensure they were implemented.

“Parliament must ensure total compliance with financial reporting  obligations as outlined in the Public Management Act and Audit Office  Act. This will undoubtedly result in improved accountability,  transparency and fiscal discipline,” Adv Mudenda said.

Zimbabwe’s new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has  promised to better manage the country and government finances and ensure  they are utilised for the development of the country to improve the  well-being of ordinary citizens. – New Ziana

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