The National Audit Office (NAO) has started auditing embassies after foreign offices have stayed for over 10 years without their accounts being checked, it has been confirmed.
NAO corporate communications specialist Thomas Chafunya said in a questionnaire response last week although the country is in a mourning period, as directed by government, public officers are not on holiday.
â€œOn the auditing of embassies, the National Audit Office will from next week start auditing of four embassies and these will be concluded before the end of June this year. Plans are already underway on this development,â€ said Chafunya.
He said it was only the non-profit organisations which use public money that remain unaudited. Recently, Chafunya said auditing accounts books for non-governmental organisations and charitable organisations would start soon.
â€œNAO has always strived to audit the ministries and departments on annual basis. This is why the Auditor General has always submitted his report to the National Assembly and the reports have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) time and again where controlling officers are summoned to answer queries raised in the AGâ€™s report,â€ he said.
Chafunya also disclosed that the Auditor Generalâ€™s office has been auditing the Registrar Generalâ€™s office, but declined to comment on whether the exercise exposed fraud.