Speaker assures action on CAG report

NATIONAL Assembly Speaker Dr Tulia Ackson has assured Members of Parliament and the public at large that the House will accordingly work on the recently released 2021/22 report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) and take to task responsible institutions and individuals.

Dr Tulia made the assurance yesterday in the Parliament when making clarifications in the House’s procedures to work on the report which was tabled last week by Finance and Planning Minister Dr Mwigulu Nchemba.

“The CAG reports are now in the Parliament and in the responsible Parliamentary committees which are organising themselves to start working on them by receiving responses from the government,” Dr Tulia stated.

The committees will summon and interview all key stakeholders and prepare report which would then be submitted in the Parliament in November, this year.

She said the procedures are in accordance to the country’s rule of law which respect right of being heard.

She clarified that after receiving the committee’s report which contains recommendations, lawmakers will have a chance to discuss and come up with the Parliament resolutions.

The resolutions will then be submitted to the government for implementation, including taking legal and disciplinary actions against institutions and individuals found to have been involved in embezzlement of public funds.

She further elaborated that the CAG functions as per the country’s laws, and on behalf of the Parliament.

“Accepted CAG recommendations which are forwarded to the government must be implemented effectively,” she stated.

“With this regard, let me inform you that the government has submitted to me a report over its implementation of Parliament resolutions made on November 2022 for the 2020/21 CAG report,” she told the MPs.

She promised that she would sit with chairpersons of the sectoral committees to see what have been implemented and not.

“Misuse of public funds affects people’s development and nation at large. The Parliament is the institution which is annoyed by such acts, because we know people’s expectations to the government and the way President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan makes efforts to find those funds,” she stated.

She called upon citizens to trust Parliamentary Committees responsible for public funds (PAC and LAAC) that they will carry their duties effectively and submit their reports in time.

Therefore, she urged the legislators to focus on discussing the 2023/24 financial year budget pending the CAG report discussion.

However, she was quick to say that the Parliament would not stop any MP from using the 2023/24 CAG report when contributing to the discussion, adding that for now the government would not respond.

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