7 January 2008

Tanzania: Stop Shameful Acts


Revelation that over Sh260m, part of what was released under the Global Fund initiative in an anti-HIV/Aids campaign in 2006 were unaccounted for is shocking news indeed.

Audit findings on financial statements of the Global Fund Round Four, overseen by Tacaids and Health and Social Welfare ministry, show systematic avoidance in adherence to accounting procedures/standards.

Consider this, Sh59m were used without proper authority as Sh63m others were authorised without supporting documents.

Stores worth Sh21m were unaccounted. Sh66m in imprests were not recorded, as payment voucher in respect of expenditure costing Sh54m were not availed to the auditors.

This is simply an act of selfishness by people whose interest is to see orphans and vulnerable children - targeted groups of the programme - continue to suffer.

It is an inhuman act because it derails efforts to provide care and treatment to those affected by the scourge - which is part of what the initiative want to achieve.

The only difference between this act and banditry is that in the latter uses arms are used. The former doesn't but it hastens to deaths of Aids victims. This must stop.

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