Acquittal from past still relevant as monies not accounted for as yet

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BY GEORGINA KEKEA

 THOUGH it might seem like ancient history, the CDF audit report of 2009 to 2012 is still said to be relevant. In his foreword address in the CDF audit report, Auditor General Peter Lokay says he appreciates the report though it might be out of date.

In his comments in the report, he said it is clear from audit work undertaken that transparency, accountability and governance of the RCDF falls well short of that expected with regards to public finances.

“I have decided to issue this report as I am convinced that the range of problems raised in this work still applies today”.

The report also shared by the Office of the Auditor General’s website summarises the results of the audit of the Rural Constituency Development Funds (RCDF) for the years 2010 to 2012 and also for 18 constituencies, from 2009 to 2011.

For the 18 constituencies audited from 2009 to 2011, it was found that of the total possible claim of SBD 109,080,000 only payment vouchers relating to SBD62,730,000 were sighted during the audit; 57.5 percent of the possible total.

Of the SBD62,730,000; only acquittals valued at SBD 53,474,417 (85 percent) were sighted at the ministry.

Thus, SBD 9,265,583 was not accounted for. A summarized detail of the 18 constituencies audited from 2009 to 2011 are as follows.

 

#ConstituencySum of entitled

funding (SBD)

 

Value of

PVs sighted

(SBD)

 

Value of

acquittals

sighted

(SBD)

 

Percentage

acquittals

not sighted

 

1

 

North East Guadalcanal6,060,0003,860,0003,449,86611
2

 

North West Guadalcanal6,060,0003,720,0003,126,18116
3

 

West Honiara6,060,0004,060,0003,960,3202
4

 

Central Honiara6,060,000200,000120,00040
5

 

East Honiara6,060,0003,050,0002,661,82513
6

 

East Malaita6,060,0004,460,0003,451,94023
7

 

Small Malaita6,060,0002,000,0001,415,33629
8

 

Aoke Langa Langa6,060,0004,660,0003,986,36614
9

 

Lau and Baelelea6,060,0004,060,0003,444,87715
10

 

East Are’are6,060,0004,400,0002,616,33241
11

 

Gizo Kolombangara6,060,0004,060,0003,612,51711
12South Vella6,060,0002,560,0002,164,61815

 

13

 

Marovo6,060,0003,460,0003,260,6886
14

 

South New Georgia6,060,0002,060,0001,989,8003
15

 

Gao Bugotu6,060,0005,000,0004,293,49214
16

 

Hograno Kia Havulei6,060,0004,060,0002,850,26030
17

 

Ngella6,060,0003,060,0003,060,0000
18

 

Rennell Bellona6,060,0004,000,0004,000,0000
Total

 

109,080,00062,730,00053,464,418
Total acquittals not sighted9,265,582

 

Average % acquittals not

sighted

 

15%

 

The CDF report states that transparency, accountability and governance of the RCDF falls well short of that expected with regards to public finances and that significant changes are required.

Another table in the CDF report consists of the audited reports of 32 constituencies from the years of 2010 to 2012. It will be published in another article at a later date.

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