Pac dithers on K236 billion files
The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of Parliament remains silent on the content of the 13 audit files that are reportedly mentioning some names in the abuse of the K236 billion.
The committee was expected to empty the file contents on January 31 this year but failed to do so due to the absence of Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya, who was outside the country.
Pac Chairperson, Alekeni Menyani, Monday said he was yet to sit down and discuss with Msowoya on the way forward.
The information is expected to pass through the office of the Speaker before reaching the public.
“It is our responsibility to let the people know the information that is in our possession and when all the procedures are followed, we will definitely reveal everything in those files. But the Speaker has just arrived and I am yet to meet him. After meeting him, we will come [back] to you,” Menyani said.
He also said the committee is respecting the Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale’s, legal opinion which prevented public institutions from releasing the names mentioned in the files without proper verification.
Kaphale stopped Pac, National Audit Office (Nao) and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from releasing names of companies and businesspersons implicated in the K236 billion Cashgate report before government verifies the mentioned people and businesses’ wrongdoing.
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