26 Sep 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) The National Planning Commission (NPC) received a qualified audit for the 2016 financial year due to unauthorised expenditure of N.dollars 5 million and exemption from normal tender procedures.
This is revealed in the latest audit report of the Auditor General (AG) tabled in the National Assembly last week by Deputy Minister of Finance, Natangwe Ithete.
The accounting officer reported that no vehicles were purchased during the year under review, however, the general ledger indicated a purchase of vehicles amounting to N.dollars 3.4 million, AG, Junias Kandjeke says in the audit opinion.
Furthermore, although the audit found that no vehicles were bought, the same amount of N.dollars 3.4 million was transferred to the Namibia Statistics Agency at the end of the financial year under review.
This is unauthorised in terms of Section One of the State Finance Act, Act 31 of 1991. As a result, the financial statements do not give a true reflection of the vehicles bought, the report states.
The audit findings further note that the NPCs general ledger also reflects an amount of N.dollars 2 145 845 in respect of furniture and office equipment bought for the 2016 financial year.
However, the audit found that N.dollars 1.6 million of this amount was transferred to the Namibia Statistics Agency at the end of the financial year under review.
This is also unauthorised in terms of Section One of the State Finance Act, Act 31 of 1991.
The AG further recommends that the NPCs accounting officer put measures in place to avoid over-spending and ensure that planned activities are implemented within the approved budget.
The accounting officer was advised to ensure that the necessary treasury approval is obtained before payments are made.
The commissions accounting officer will be called before a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts, to explain why transfers to the NSA were effected while the general ledger says the money was budgeted for the purchase of vehicles, furniture and office equipment.