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Audit Office lobbies for additional K860 million

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The National Audit Office (Nao) Tuesday said money allocated to it in the 2022-23 National Budget will not be enough.

Acting Auditor General Thomas Makiwa told the Budget and Public Accounts Cluster of Parliament that the institution needed over K864 million more to be able to audit 10 foreign missions, government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and district councils.

“If we are not given the resources, we are not going to do some detailed audits because they require a lot of time and human resources,” he said.

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In the 2021-22 National Budget, the national auditing institution was allocated K1.9 billion and was able to access K1.5 billion while 2022-23 estimates stand at K2.3 billion.

Makiwa said they needed an additional K864 million, out of which K372 million was needed for auditing of MDAs, K161.7 million for auditing 10 embassies and K100.8 million for auditing councils, among others.

“The cost of undertaking audits has risen because of the increase in the number of votes as well as the scope of the audits. The additional resources requested will also enable my office to carry out interim audits in all the MDAs,” he said.

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Cluster chairperson Gladys Ganda acknowledged the funding gap and said the cluster was optimistic that, when the issues are brought before Ministry of Finance officials, they would be addressed accordingly.

“We agree with them because, if we are serious about eradicating corruption, theft and misprocurement in public offices, we need to empower Nao with enough resources,” she said.

In the 2021-22 financial year, Nao audited five embassies and 52 local councils, among others.

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