15 February 2012

Rwanda: Resolute Action Should Be Taken On PAC Report

Photo: New Times
Juvenal Nkusi, president of PAC (R) chatting with Evariste Kalisa, Deputy speaker of parliament, before the beginning of the session.


The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday presented its first report to the Lower Chamber of Parliament. The report is a result of a probe in into the alleged misappropriation of public funds, as highlighted in the 2009/10 Auditor General's report.

As much as Rwf9.7 billion was unaccounted for during the 18-months period that was under review.

The committee has made a number of recommendations to various government institutions and officials, including immediate prosecution of culpable individuals and recovery of stolen funds.

Although some MP wondered why PAC report fell short of naming and shaming individuals that misused or misappropriated taxpayers' money, it is clear that stronger action needs to be taken by the relevant organs to reverse the trend.

The offenders should not only be sued, but efforts to recover stolen funds should be intensified.

As a major partner in the fight against corruption in public offices, PAC, and Parliament, in general, need to work more closely with law-enforcement organs to ensure that justice prevails and rid the public service of corruption tendencies.

Making recommendations for action without due follow-up wouldn't make any difference. The biggest challenge has always been implementing the recommendations. Resolute action is what the public wants to see.

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