24 Sep 2013 11:30
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) - Ohangwena Regional Councillor Johannes Nakwafila complained during the National Council (NC) session here on Tuesday that most audit reports end up in the National Assembly only, and do not reach the NC.
He said the only exceptions are the audit reports of villages, town and regional councils, while the audit reports of line ministries and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) do not reach the NC even though they are public documents and should also be perused by members of the National Council.
Nakwafila said it should be made compulsory for the councillors to have access to these documents as they are helpful during budget debates and would also enhance accountability and democracy.
The Ohangwena Regional Councillor made his complaint in relation to the Public Accountants and Auditors Amendment Bill, which was referred to the NC for consideration by the National Assembly (NA).
My concern in relation to this Bill is that this house of review cannot perform well when it comes to its oversight functions, Nakwafila stated.
There were no discussions on this Bill with the exception of Nakwafila's complaint.
The Public Accountants and Auditors Act of 1951 amongst other things governs the registration and regulation of public accountants and auditors in Namibia.
The functions under the Act are fulfilled by the public accountants and Auditors' Board.
The Act limits the period of appointment of members of the Board to only one year, meaning that members of the Board have to be appointed and/or re-appointed every year.
This procedure has been described as cumbersome, and it also leads to lack of continuity in the work the Board is required to carry out.
In order for the Board to effectively assist the Ministry of Finance, the extension of the members of the Board's term of office has become necessary, and the Bill seeks to extend their term of office from one to three years.