GOVERNMENT has failed to produce audited accounts for the past six years in violation of the Audit and Exchequer Act.
Its failure was the subject of a heated debate during a meeting of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on Monday
Sources said the MPs raised concern over the issue to officials from the Ministry of Finance and Auditor-General Mildred Chiri, who are all ex-officio members of the parliamentary committee.
In an interview on Wednesday, the chairperson of the accounts committee and MDC Glen Norah MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, confirmed that the government had failed to account for the approved funds that are supposed to be tabled after nine months of each financial year.
“The audited accounts were last tabled in 1999,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga. “We heard that the problem was because other ministries were not submitting their accounts. If one or two ministries fail to submit their accounts the audit can’t be tabled.”
Parastatals have also failed to produce audited accounts over the years despite receiving public funds.
The auditor-general was now trying to table audited accounts from the period to 2004, but without the consolidated revenue fund records, she said.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga said there was a trend where some parastatals were submitting their final accounts to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) in an attempt to access funding. The legislator added that for as long as the accounts were not submitted to the Comptroller and Auditor-General, her committee would not recognise them.