AUDITOR General, Dr. Dick Sichembe says aspects of procurement, payroll management, infrastructure development, debt management; farmer input support program and social cash transfer among others will be at the centre of the comprehensive audits for 2021.

Dr. Sichembe explains that payroll management should be audited comprehensively as the wage bill for government accounts for more than 50% of the national budget and as such the issue of ‘ghost’ workers and overall haemorrhaging for the public purse through payroll related anomalies must be exposed and erring officers brought to book and prosecuted.

Speaking when he opened the planning meeting for the office of the auditor general under the theme ‘value addition through quality and impactful audits’ Dr. Sichembe has since called for the office to comprehensively audit the public financial management system in 2021.

Dr. Sichembe implored his officers to give an assurance to the citizens on the PFM systems which

Include debt management adding that the need to provide an assurance remains critical especially in the wake of conflicting positions on the matter by different stakeholders.

He has further called on his officers to proactively carry out a performance audit on the economic recovery program to assure citizens whether the intentions of the government would be realized even as the program was being implemented.

Dr. Sichembe said this will help make a difference in the lives of the citizens thereby help the office demonstrate its on-going relevance in line with INTOSAI-P 12 an international principle on the values and benefits of the supreme audit institution.

On infrastructure development, the Auditor General also challenged his staff that government has

Invested huge sums of money in schools, hospitals, bridges, roads and airports and that it was important not only to check that the funds were properly utilized but also ensure that there is value for money in the infrastructural projects being constructed.