Government has expressed concern at the high number of ministries, provinces and spending agencies being cited for audit queries adding that it has the potential to undermine public confidence in the executive.

The concerns by Government arise from the Auditor General’s report for the financial year ended 31st December, 2019 and the Covid 19 Interim Report which have cited some controlling officers for irregularities.

Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti in press statement said 25 controlling officers have since been charged by Cabinet Office in accordance with the performance contracts as highlighted in the reports.

Dr. Miti said the decision to take disciplinary action was arrived at by cabinet Office during its 22nd meeting held on 26th October 2020.

Dr. Miti stated that the 25 controlling officers will appear before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee in due course as this was in respect of violations of the Public Finance Management Act No. 1 of 2018 and the Financial Regulations of 2006.