Professor Mussa Juma Assad

Professor Mussa Juma Assad

The call was made by the National Audit Office (NAOT) during a seminar conducted for representatives of CSOs and the media here, yesterday, insisting that the public should build a culture of reading the CAG reports on regular basis.

Opening the workshop, the CAG, Prof Mussa Assad, said many people are not aware of the presence of NAOT office but until when they read its reports released every March of the calendar year.

He said that majority of the people are not aware of its functions and that the office has seen dire need to provide public awareness on its functions for them to start cultivating on its reports and question expenditure of their resources.

?People have many questions on how the government and its machinery are spending their money and whether the allocation of resources is done according to the given laws and procedures.

?Reading and thoroughly understanding our reports might help them answer these questions,? said CAG in a speech read on his behalf by the NAOT Chief Internal Auditor, Mr Mohamed Msangi.

Apart from the fact that the public has the obligation of understanding the CAG reports, Prof Assad said current procedures will still be observed where the reports only becomes public as soon they are presented to the National Assembly and not otherwise.

He commended the support by politicians in recently presented reports, adding that it was through political will that the outcome of the reports will bring impact to the country.

Earlier, Mr Msangi told reporters that NAOT was pleased on how the government worked on its findings, mentioning Escrow and EPA reports as examples where a number of positive actions were taken.

However, he expressed concern on increasing misappropriation of funds through public procurement exercises, cautioning that theft loopholes using the current Public Procurement Act were likely to escalate.

By PIUS RUGONZIBWA, Tanzania Daily News

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