Late submission of financial records tantamount to fraud: Kazongominja

28 Feb 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – National Council Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Economy Chairperson Peter Kazongominja has cautioned Zambezi Chief Regional Officer Regina Ndopu-Lubinda that failing to submit financial records on time for auditing is tantamount to fraud.
He said this on Thursday at the public hearing for chief regional officers and chief executive officers for regional councils and local authorities underway in Windhoek and set to end on Friday.
Kazongominja told Ndopu-Lubinda the reason she is the chief regional officer is because she is entrusted with overseeing all operations in the region, including accounting for public funds allocated to the Zambezi Region.
The Auditor-General’s report had shown that the Zambezi Regional Council failed to submit records for payments of vouchers for three years - N.dollars 2 226 272 in 2013, in 2014 the amount was N.dollars 3 927 295 and N.dollars 2 006 554 for 2015.
Ndopu-Lubinda told the committee that the reason they did not submit documents to the auditors on time was because some of their staff members lack the knowledge to deal with files and end up misplacing the documents and putting them in the wrong files.
“I would like to bring it to your attention that not submitting your financial records within the timeframe is tantamount to fraud because the auditors give you ample time to prepare those documents, yet you are telling the committee that you couldn’t find the records on time,” warned Kazongominja.
He said it is very careless of her office not to know where important documents that contain important information are placed, while the documents contain financial records of public funds that Ndopu-Lubinda has to account for.
“Yes I acknowledge that it is indeed not normal. One of the issues that I have raised is the fact that we did not have sufficient rooms and the staff members mixed up the documents, for instance, you go into a file for 2013 and then you find documents of 2016, but that is now sorted out,” explained Ndopu-Lubinda.