HARARE – Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda said on Monday Parliament was firmly behind the re-appointment of Auditor General Mildred Chari as her office was critical in assisting the legislature keep the government accountable.
Chiri, well known for her critique and disclosure of financial irregularities in government and local authorities, was mid-last year unceremoniously dismissed from her job in a decision that riled the nation across the political divide.
Legislators later blocked the appointment of Industrial Development Corporation chief executive officer Mike Ndudzo, who the government had proposed to replace Chiri, saying he was not suitable for the job as he had a history of failure.
Finance and Economic Development Minister, Patrick Chinamasa said late last year the government had re-engaged Chiri for a fresh term. Adv Mudenda told legislators and other stakeholders at a post 2018 National Budget meeting that the Auditor General’s Office was key in keeping government “clean.”
“The reappointment of the AG will boost investor confidence, locally and internationally. A clean government attracts business and capital,” he said.
He said Parliament would ensure that it followed up on issues previously highlighted by Chiri and make recommendations to the government to ensure they were implemented.
“Parliament must ensure total compliance with financial reporting obligations as outlined in the Public Management Act and Audit Office Act. This will undoubtedly result in improved accountability, transparency and fiscal discipline,” Adv Mudenda said.
Zimbabwe’s new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to better manage the country and government finances and ensure they are utilised for the development of the country to improve the well-being of ordinary citizens. – New Ziana