Omaheke financial records hidden: CRO

25 Feb 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – Chief Regional Officer (CRO) of the Omaheke Regional Council, Maria Vaendwanawa has claimed that the region’s financial records were taken out of the finance office and hidden in a storeroom outside the main office.
She said this Monday at a public hearing for various regional councils and local authorities in Windhoek, initiated by the National Council Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Economy.
The alleged hidden documents contain financial records of over N.dollars 15 million for the 2016/17 financial year.
Auditor-General Junias Kandjeke’s report had indicated that the documents they received only contained records for N.dollars 1.5 million, while the rest of the money could not be accounted for.
In response to this, Vaendwanawa said her office struggled to locate the records prior to the auditing, and it took them two months to find the documents after the audit was completed.
“There was a person dealing with the documents relating to the Build Together project and I requested for the documents for auditing purposes,” she told the committee.
She said she was first told the files were with the coordinator and then that it was with the procurement department and not the coordinator.
“It then started going left and right without anyone willing to reveal where the documents are. We were up and down, looking for those documents… Those files were shifted maybe from finance and hidden somewhere in the storeroom,” she alleged.
The CRO said the documents are currently in her possession and she will submit them within 14 days as she was ordered to do by the standing committee’s vice chairperson, Phillip Shikongo.
Vaendwanawa further alleged that there are a lot of financial irregularities in the Omaheke Region and said some of her colleagues are not performing their duties deliberately to “sabotage” her.