Members of Parliament, on Wednesday, commended the notable improvement in the management of public funds, following the presentation of the 2009/10 Auditor General’s report. The report covers a period of 18 months. Although there may have been some improvement in the management of public funds, there were notable shortcomings, as well, including misappropriation cases.
In all, up to Rwf9.7 billion could not be accounted for by the audited public institutions. The missing funds were either embezzled or spent without any supporting documents. Another Rwf1 billion was wastefully spent, according to the AG report.
In other instances, some institutions diverted funds for activities that they were not originally earmarked for. Many unlawful cases were also associated with tendering procedures.
It is important that such cases are addressed as a matter of urgency. The culprits should be brought to justice and the embezzled funds recovered.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Auditor General deserves commendation and support from all stakeholders for the great role it is playing in ensuring value for money for the Rwandan public.
The Office’s work should particularly be reinforced by the recently formed Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, whose role will be to extensively examine such irregularities and recommend action to be taken by the relevant authorities.
In addition, judicial organs should not relent in bringing such offenders to book. Institutions concerned may also need to take administrative measures where necessary.
There’s no doubt that the few remaining irregularities shall be addressed given the prevailing political will to combat corruption.