Recently, the Southern African Development Community Organisation of Public Accounts Committees (SADCOPAC) resolved to develop and strengthen the capacity of PACs to make effective use of Performance Audit Reports in their oversight roles.
Lobatse MP, Nehemiah Modubule, who attended the SADCOPAC conference and Annual General Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania told the media yesterday that the organisation resolved that PACs should strengthen partnerships and relations with portfolio committees of parties to enhance their oversight role.
He said the conference resolved that PACs should encourage member states to pass legislation to control the use of tax havens by companies and individuals in order to curb the illicit money transfer and tax avoidance. SADCOPAC is an organisation of PACs in the SADC region, formed in 2003. It is an autonomous organisation established as a permanent institution to foster the exchange of ideas and experiences among PACs in the region in their oversight function. The decision to strengthen PACs comes after criticism of the Botswana parliamentary oversight body with claims that it is a toothless bulldog, which cannot do much with the information it uncovers when examining public accounts.
Besides Modubule, other Botswana MPs who attended the Arusha conference are Kagiso Molatlhegi, Prince Maele and Isaac Mabiletsa, Moiseraela Goya. During the Arusha meeting, the African Organisation of Public Accounts Committees (AFROPAC) was launched. One of the objectives of the new body is to improve cooperation among member countries in parliamentary oversight.