'Disclose Mugabe's office budget'

HARARE - The US State Department has said Zimbabwe must make public President Robert Mugabe’s office budget as a step towards improving fiscal transparency.

This comes after the Comptroller and Auditor-General Mildred Chiri revealed that the President’s Office failed to produce documents for auditing purposes such as invoices, receipts and goods received to support payments.

“Zimbabwe’s fiscal transparency would be improved by detailing revenues and expenditures including allocations to the office of the President and Cabinet, and revenues from state-owned enterprises and natural resources; and making supreme audit institution reports publicly available within a reasonable period of time,” the US State Department’s 2015 Fiscal Transparency Report says.

The report said the budget is publicly available but does not clearly detail the large allocation to the office of the president and Cabinet.

Chiri’s latest report on the 2011 budget appropriations tabled in Parliament said Mugabe’s office paid for assets valued at about $500 000 without attaching invoices to validate the payments.

“The supreme audit institution audits the budget but its reports are not publicly available within a reasonable period of time,” the US State Department report said.

George Charamba, the presidential affairs spokesperson, could not be immediately reached for comment yesterday.

Annual reviews of the fiscal transparency of governments that receive US assistance help ensure taxpayers’ money is used appropriately and provides opportunities to dialogue with governments on the importance of fiscal transparency.

The US has provided over $2,6 billion in development assistance to Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, according to Shannon Smith, deputy assistant secretary for the bureau of African affairs.

“Zimbabwe’s fiscal transparency would also be improved by establishing laws and regulations governing natural resource extraction contracts and licensing, following the law in practice, and making basic information about such awards and contracts publicly available,” the US report said.

Fiscal transparency is a critical element of effective public financial management, helps in building market confidence, and underpins economic sustainability, as well as fostering government accountability.

Comments (10)

To avoid this embarrassment, the concerned office must provide the necessary documents when needed. Its simple unless someone personally benefited. Charamba must be very active when this activity is about to happen. Kungomaker sure kuti all supporting documents are in place chete Tambatamba Chidembo muswe ndakabata. Zvinowanikwa kunyangwe kwatiri zviri kuitika izvi but it rally embarrasses. Stay cool

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Dr - 23 June 2015

The idea could be good but its coming from the wrong source

carson macate - 23 June 2015

Mari iri kurohwa nezvipfuto Bobo kakafa kurara. Chiri akamboona chipfuto chichibuditsa receipt? Kwanayi mayi imi mungotaure kuti 'In your opinion funds at the president's office cannot be accounted for and related expenditure cannot be substantiated' Manotes ndaisa pachena kana ukacoper verbatim no problem, please! Regai USA itaurecoz tiri kuita mahumbwe nemari yawo. Pasi nezvipfukuto!

SaManyika Chaiye - 23 June 2015

How can this woman be tabling/reporting 2011 accounts today? Can someone order an independent audit now because zvipfukuto zvitori busy right now! Same same neNRZ muri kureporter 2011 futi! Mayi Chiri zvamusingagoni taurai mubatsirwe;kutsva kwendebvu todzimurana; unless kana makafanana naRita!

SaManyika Chaiye - 23 June 2015

We want the Pres offices budget for the last 30+ years. Now!

TruthBTold - 24 June 2015

While having the budget allocation of the President' office is fine who has ever seen the financial report of the IMF or World Bank?

John Gwizo - 26 June 2015

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