29 January 2013

Angola: Staff Shortage Hampers Functioning of Audit Court

Luanda — The Audit Court (TC) is working below its capacity due to the shortage of judges and currently is operating with two only, considered insufficient to cover the investigative work carried out by the institution.

The information was released by a representative of the TC, Evaristo Quemba.

Speaking at session intended to discuss the proposals of State Budget for 2013, with the coordination of the 1st and 10th Commission of the National Assembly, the official said that the law establishes the number of eight judges.

According to him, from the above number, four judges should hold the successive monitoring chamber and an equal number in preventive in order to accelerate the task.

Despite this, the official recognised the effort made by the institution that ensures the audit proceeding to come to trial, especially those in which there is sufficient evidence that there was embezzlement of public funds.

Meanwhile, Evaristo Quemba admitted embezzlement of public funds in the country and stressed that the managers in this situation are doomed to reintegrate what have embezzled from the State coffers.

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