CITY mayor Wilson Mamae has questioned the lawfulness of the call for submissions by the Chairman for Public Accounts Committee, Douglas Ete, on the Special Investigations Audit Report on the accounts and records of the Honiara City Council.
Mamae questioned why the Chairman of PAC is concerned about the audit report and made mention of the fact that the spot investigations were completed by the Office of the Auditor General and HCC has responded to issues that were raised in the findings of the audit report.
He further states that recommendations of the Special Investigation Audit Report on the Accounts and Records of HCC were incorporated in the HCC work programme.
He also said that recommendations of the Special Investigation Audit Report on the Accounts Records of HCC were further forwarded to relevant Oversight Agencies such as the Leadership Code Commission and RSIPF for further investigations.
Mamae confirmed the Leadership Code Commission and RSIP are investigating certain aspects of the Special Investigation Audit Report on the Accounts and Records of HCC.
The Mayor concluded that these were procedurally completed and states the call for submissions by the PAC is not grounded on good governance of principles of accountability, transparency and good governance at the local level of government but is geared towards reigniting political disturbances at the City Council.
He said the Call for Submissions will only mislead the public and is seeking legal advice from the Attorney General’s Chambers on the lawfulness of the PAC’s intentions.