The Joint Legislative Public Account Committee (PAC) of the Liberian Legislature has frowned on the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Christiana Tah and other top officials of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) for recent statement attributed to them, condemning the credibility of the General Auditing Commission (GAC).
It can be recalled that Cllr. Tah, the Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs, Mr. Benedict Sarnoh, the Solicitor General of Liberia, Madam Betty Larmie Blamo, the Minister of Information, Mr. Lewis Brown, and the Deputy Minister for Information, Mr. Isaac Jackson, recently "rubbished" reports issued by the General Auditing Commission as not competent for prosecution, as an affront to its efforts to ensure accountability and transparency in public sector financial management in Liberia.
According to the PAC in a press release, it sees the description of the GAC Audit Reports is "troubling regrettable, misguided and an unfortunate misrepresentation of the fact."
The PAC points out that the comments were in sharp contradiction to the government's heralded commitment to the fight of corruption, waste abuse and other unprofessional conducts in the public service.
The Committee states that the Auditor General's authority to recommend prosecution for those who abused the public trust is well defined in the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act of 2009 regulation in Sub-Section 20(A) (1 to 4) and the Executive Law of 1972 Chapter 53.7
"The PAC calls on public officials to desist from unnecessarily rubbishing the AG's work as that will have negative impact on the intent and spirit of GAC act, the PFM Law and the rationale of legislative oversight," said the PAC release.
"Committee reaffirms its full support to the work of the Auditor General with the intent to combat abuse public funds," the release added.