The acting Auditor General (AG) Robert Cohen says that his office can expose a lot of things that seriously needs disciplinary actions, but unfortunately they are not prosecutors to further deals with the matters in court.
“We can bark but no teeth to bite,” Cohen stated.
Speaking in the parliament during the induction program for the Members of Parliament (MPs), Cohen briefly outlined the mandated roles and duties of the AG’s office by highlighting the fundamental purpose, which is to uphold credibility of public funds.
Mr Cohen stated that their work is to ensure that public funds are well accounted for with strong measures in place to guide public expenditure.
“I’m not a fan of anti-corruption, I’m a fan of making things better,” he said. “And that is to improve the system to stop corruption,” he added.
He further stated that the AG’s office is not a place to blame people for misusing of funds, rather to unveiled weaknesses that government needs to improve on in terms of sincerity in handling public funds, to ensure good governance prevails.
By AATAI JOHN