31 January 2013

Tanzania: Put House in Order, Auditors Challenged

Dodoma — THERE are serious shortfalls in government payrolls and internal auditors in district and municipal councils have been asked to stop preparing poor audit reports.

Internal Auditor General, Mr Mohammed Mtonga, said on Monday that many audit reports show that there are more people in government employment than the actual number and called on internal auditors to stop paying ghost workers.

In a message to internal auditors undergoing International Professional Practice Framework (IPPF) that started on Monday, Mr Mtonga said that the problem is very serious and tarnishes the profession.

His message was delivered by the Deputy Internal Auditor General for local Government, Mr Constantine Mashoo. "There are just too many names in payrolls that are not supposed to be there, this is very serious and makes us all look bad.

I implore you to at least start preparing reports that are accurate, names should tally with the number of people in employment," he said. To curb the malpractice, the government has instituted several measures including the ongoing training to improve the performance of internal auditors.

"We therefore expect out- right changes and you will all be evaluated after the course to see if it has been effective," he said. He also called on those taking part in the training to go and share the knowledge they will acquire with their colleagues at respective work- places because not all will be able to attend similar courses.

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