US$40 000 in donor funds missing

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Staff Writer

THE Comptroller and Auditor-General’s Narrative Report on Appropriation Accounts and Miscellaneous Funds and Donor-Funded Projects for 2010 shows that equipment and money valued at US$40 000 donated by the Brazilian government to the National Civil Protection Fund cannot be accounted for.
The fund, administered by the Ministry of Local Government, provides resources for emergency disaster management and civil protection.

 
The report notes computer equipment valued at US$39 000 as well as US$1 000 donated for the construction of a footbridge in Chitungwiza is missing. The footbridge was never built.

 

Auditor-General Mildred Chiri stated in her report that the agreement with the Brazilian government stipulated that the donation had to be utilised during the financial year it was availed.

 
She warned against Zimbabwe’s misuse of donor funds, saying it may affect future relations with donor states and communities in need.

 
“Failure to honour terms of agreements may impact heavily on the country as no such assistance may be given again in future. The community was deprived of the facility of the footbridge for the benefit of the Chitungwiza community as had been planned,” she said.

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