Long serving Auditor General (AG), Junias Kandjeke, has shot back at politicians who criticised his long stay in office saying that he is ready to hand over the reins to new blood after his fourth term lapses in 2023.
Kandjeke was reappointed for the fourth time to his position following opposition forces having begrudgingly endorsed him and called for other people to be given a chance.
Exclusively speaking to The Villager while on mission to South Africa this week, Kandjeke said, “Term limit is the way to go, through an Act of Parliament. The constitution refers to 5-years renewable. Learning from what is happening in our region and globally, rotation of auditors and (a) term limit for Auditors-General is the way to go.”
He added, “I have no doubt that new blood will do wonders. It is a matter of commitment, discipline and willingness to learn. My 4th term will coincide with my 60th birthday (retirement age) so it is really a great honour to me.”
Pressed on whether public offices were acting well in line with his recommendations as far as accountability is concerned, although he had not yet noted acts of resistance, there is a “lack of commitment to implementation, in most cases.”
“The challenge is that there are a number of DO's and DON'Ts but I don't see the Public service rules being applied for failure to comply with laws governing state/public resources. I hope someone at the auditee is not expecting to be told how to take action in terms of none compliance, e.g. neglecting one's duties and responsibilities,” said the AG.
The Villager also wanted to ascertain how he felt at being given a fourth term after having served for long.
“Let me say that I feel honoured. I appreciate the confidence and trust bestowed upon me by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob (Appointing Authority), the National Assembly (Approving Authority) and the Public Service Commission (Recommending Authority) through the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister as leader of Government business in the National Assembly who tabled the motivation.”
“This term will end on 31 March 2023 and my term as AFROSAI President will end in 2020 but will serve as 2nd Vice President to 2023 as well as chair of the Finance, Administration and HR of this organisation. I will continue with enhancing Accountability and Transparency in order for Namibia to earn trust and respect in governance,” he said.
He added that his focus will be on “professionalization and empowerment of our most important resource (management and staff, especially the young generation) and strengthen independence of this Supreme Audit Institution of the state through a legal frame work/Act of Parliament”.
He said he was in Pretoria in his capacity as AFROSAI President to chair the evaluation of AFROSAI Women Leadership Academy.
“I will chair the jury and sign off this first program. I will sign the certificates on Thursday and officiate at the closing ceremony on Friday 20 April 2018. Participants are from African state audit offices and court of audits. This program was launched in 2016,’ said the AG.