Deadline for Zacc to carry out local authorities audits

Loice Matanda-Moyo


PARLIAMENT’S Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has given the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) a 23 July deadline to carry out systems compliance audits across all local authorities after it emerged that several of them were last audited between 2017 and 2019, raising the risk of corruption, and mismanagement of fund, The NewsHawks has learnt.

PAC also ordered local authorities, with immediate effect, put in place backup systems for information, while ordering the Ministry of Local Government to procure current accounting software by 30 June 2023.

Local authorities are required by Section 35 (6) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) to submit audited accounts to the Auditor-General.

However, findings by the committee show that 16 local authorities, including city councils, rural boards, municipal councils and rural district councils were yet to send submit audited accounts to Auditor General Mildred Chiri’s office.

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