PAC calls Fitt a 'Pinocchio'

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The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) came close to calling Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Neil Fitt a liar when he appeared before it yesterday.

PAC member Isaac Mabiletsa told Fitt that in his communication with the committee, he was very economical with the facts. This was after Fitt could not account to PAC chairperson Nehemiah Modubule's question why there were many overdrawn accounts amounting to over P2 billion. Fitt responded saying they were investigating the issue.Fitt, who blamed his subordinates, also said he found the anomaly when he arrived at the ministry. To this, PAC member Samson Guma Moyo said: "It is not proper as an accounting officer to point fingers at anybody."In response, Fitt denied pointing fingers. Moyo later threw another punch at Fitt who he accused of not having internalised the PAC report.

"In all fairness accounting officer, it is not proper to be guided by your finance officer. I don't think you have internalised the report," queried Moyo. Fitt said: "I am not happy with the information I have." Moyo then wondered why Fitt did not tell the committee that he was not happy with the information at his disposal. Fitt then somersaulted, saying that he was actually happy with the majority of the report. His response riled Modubule who said he was not happy with Fitt's performance before the committee and Fitt apologised for his below par performance. "We are very receptive to hearing where we are wrong. It is not an excuse not to internalise the report."

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