Auditor puts govt institutions on notice

Auditor puts govt institutions on notice
Auditor General of South Sudan Audit Chamber, Amb. Steven Wondu (photo credit: file)

The South Sudan National Audit Chamber has called for the observance of rules and regulations that should be applied to all payments against monies from all sources including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans, grants, and government revenue.

This was unearthed in the national audit chamber report released yesterday by the auditor general. The report covered the audit of the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) of November 2020 from the IMF to the national Minister of Finance and Planning.

Steven Kiliona Wöndu, the Auditor General, stated in the national audit chamber statement that the “generally accepted accounting principles in the financial regulatory procedures and the public financial management laws must be adhered to, and also should be enforced in all circumstances’’.

“The issuance of biometric identification cards is necessary and all public sector payrolls must be digitized,” he said.

He added that the “Public Sector’s employees’ emoluments must be paid through the Commercial Banks’’.

According to the National Auditor Chamber, the statement was an extract from the Audit report that was on the compliance by the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MFP) and the Bank of South Sudan BOSS with the “laws of the country and its agreements between the IMF (lender) and the government of South Sudan (borrower) that was represented by the MFP’’ on an administration of the RCF of November 2020 that amounted to $52,328,252.00.

Wondu indicated in the document that the “applicable laws, agreements, and regulations should be included but are not limited to the Public Financial Management and Accountability Act, 2011’’.

Transactions

The audit was conducted on the “premise that the RCF of November 2020, USD 52, 328,252.00 would be applied exclusively for the payments of the salaries of government employees for June and July 2020’’.

Wondu explained that he conducted his audit under the relevant provisions of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011, the National Audit Chamber Act 2011, and the International Standards on Auditing and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAPs)

He presented how the Ministry of Finance and Planning distributed the $52,328,252 and described that on November 17, 2020, the RCF 1 received by the MOFP as $52,328,252

And that the payments on November 26, 2020, sold to the Bank of South Sudan $40,325,000 and also on December 15, 2020, MOFA sold to the Bank of South Sudan $5,300,000 that amounted to $45,625,000

The other money was also used for the foreign missions to countries including Tanzania an amount of $ 225,000 was spent on November 23, 2020, Uganda an amount of $211,421 was spent on December 23, 2020,  to the United Nations $103,087 was spent on December 23, 2020, and to the United States $84,094 was spent on December 23, 2020, and that the payment was facility by the (MOFA&IC)

The Audit Chamber also revealed that other payments were also irregularly made in Juba for external activities amounting to $2,114,551. However, names and stations were not disclosed.

This comes days after President Salva Kiir stopped a transaction worth $650 million with private firms over fears of credibility. The international lenders had asked the government to exercise caution in the use of the money.

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