By Eliaser Ndeyanale
THE Department of Correctional Services in the Ministry of Safety and Security had underspent N$44 million during the 2014/15 fiscal year despite reports of overcrowded jail cells, the Auditor General has revealed.
The department had also N$119 222 000 in exemptions from normal tender procedures but did not provide the actual expenditure as well as the source documents of the exempted items as required by the Auditor-General in his D12/2010.
Auditor General Junias Kandjeke revealed that Safety PS, Welma Enssle did not submit relevant documents at the time of the audit in order to verify correctness of the annual statements, thus resulting in failure to verify for instance vehicle accidents and cost of damage to Government property .
In his report, Kandjeke also noted that the Subsistence and Travelling Advance Suspense Account shows an outstanding balance at the end of the fiscal year of N$2 million whereas the Subsistence and Travelling Advance account reflects an amount of N$1.6 million leaving an unexplained difference of N$523 346.89.
“It is recommended that the Accounting Officer should always reconcile the Subsistence and Travelling Advance Suspense Account with the actual outstanding Subsistence and Travelling advances at the end of the financial year and rectify the difference identified before the closing of the books.”
The AG recommended that Enssle put in place measures to avoid overspending as well as ensure that planned activities are implemented within the approved budget. Furthermore, the Kandjeke cautioned that if specific activities are expected to exceed the budget funds due to unforeseen circumstances, funds should be viremented from activities where savings are expected.
“It is recommended that Accounting Officer should provide the source of documents for verification of the correctness of the annual statements,” Kandjeke said in the report.
In July this year, the Office of the Ombudsman released a damning report on the safety ministry which amongst other burning issues revealed squalor and overcrowding at various police stations. Amongst the most unhygienic police holding cells is the Katutura police station of the Khomas region where on average 216 inmates were being held at once although it’s holding capacity is only 130. According to the report, the inmates complained about a lack of visiting facilities and a lack of hospital visits for health check-ups. Another is the Okahao police station in the Omusati region, where 102 were locked up in the facility designed to accommodate 60 people at most.
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