27 January 2013

Tanzania: Cag Office Susceptible to Scam - Minister

THE office of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) is vulnerable and susceptible to bribes and grand corruption, therefore honesty and dedication is required.

This was said by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Ms Gaudensia Kabaka, when she officially opened the annual National Audit Office meeting in Dar es Salaam. The minister said that the national auditors are expected to work for the interest of the government against personal interests of individuals and organisations, and therefore it is easy to be tempted with bribes.

"Day in and day out you deal with some people who are dishonest, selfish and unpatriotic, who would like to convince you so that you can ignore the rot in their business, and they depend on your expertise to hide the evil they commit," she said. She said that by being incorruptible, they have made their profession respectable and set an example for others to emulate.

The minister urged the National Audit Office Tanzania (NAOT) workers to work diligently and stop being lazy, because most investors are now avoiding employing Tanzanians as they have a reputation of being lazy.

"Many people are complaining that so many foreigners are doing jobs that can easily be done by locals, but the problem is that they are forced to employ foreigners because they know that Tanzanians are a headache," she said.

The Controller and Auditor General, Ludovick Utouh, said that in 2012, his office presented the annual audit reports on time. He said that these reports have a major contribution towards the development of the country, saying that they are used to monitor the level of commitment when it comes to revenue collection and the expenditure of national funds.

He however said that apart from the success story his office has set, they are still faced with several challenges including an acute shortage of employees. He said that employees are paid meagre salaries which do not reflect the rising cost of living adding that the government could review these salaries.

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