OPM fails to submit supporting documents for N.dollars 1.6 million donations

02 Jul 2019 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has failed to submit supporting documents to the Auditor General, Junius Kandjeke, for donations amounting close to N.dollars 1.6 million it received in the 2017/18 financial year.
This information is contained in OPM’s annual report for the 2017/18 financial year recently submitted to the National Assembly by Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein.
The OPM received donations from Chambers of Mines of Namibia amounting to N.dollars 196 000, De Beers Group of Companies donated N.dollars 380 000, whilst Swakop Uranium Foundation Trust gave N.dollars 200 000.
On the same note, the //Kharas Governor’s office donated N.dollars 92 142.19 and United Nations World Food Programme gave N.dollars 727 451.55
The total amount donated was N.dollars 1 595 593.74
“It is recommended that the accounting officer should provide treasury authorisation and the supporting documents for audit purpose,” the report reads.
In response, OPM’s management attributed their lack of document submission to not having sufficient time in some cases to request for treasury authorisation before donations are accepted.
During the period under review, the OPM recorded unauthorised expenditure amounting to N.dollars 19 672, which is in contravention of the State Finance Act of 1991.
The Act provides for the regulation of the receipt, custody and banking of, the accounting for, and the control and disposal of State moneys, stamps, securities, forms having a face or potential value, equipment, stores and other movable goods owned or leased by the State.
According to the report, unauthorised expenditure means that expenditure that exceeds the amount appropriated (budgeted) for a vote, main division or subdivision.
“It is recommended that the accounting officer should put control measures in place to avoid unauthorised expenditure,” the report reads.
In the draft report, OPM indicated that the unauthorised expenditure was noted and that control measures would be improved to ensure that it does not happen again.
The OPM received an unqualified audit opinion from Kandjeke.