Millions of Pula slip through gov't fingers

Bean counters: The Ministry of Finance’s headquarters in Gaborone
Bean counters: The Ministry of Finance’s headquarters in Gaborone

A policeman found in 2015 to have stolen nearly P90,000 from the service was still paying it back by 2021, at the rate of just P877 per month. While government has been asking ordinary citizens to adjust to tighter national budgets in recent years, audit reports show its own pockets are prone to leaks. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

Figures from the Accountant General’s office indicate that the trend of millions of Pula being lost in the public coffers through arrears, unreconciled imprests, financial and property losses as well as widespread weaknesses in recovery continue to date.

The arrears and losses per ministry appear minor when stacked up against the tens of billions government commits in budget expenditure each year, but when put together and because many of these amounts have been running unresolved for years, the issue is a headache for the Accountant General.

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