account government officials responsible for wasting millions in taxpayers’
money buying Soccer World Cup tickets.
departments, parastatals and municipalities. This figure is likely to rise as
more information comes into the public domain about how much departments and
parastatals have splurged on tickets for the tournament ending tomorrow.
Independent Development Corporation and the Department of Trade and
would “ask through Parliament that individuals should be made to appear before
(oversight) committees” to account for the expenditure.
National Planning Commission in the Presidency, defended parastatals for
State-owned businesses, the minister suggested, needed to build
relationships with their clients.
obfuscation” as parastatals did not need to spend millions on tickets for their
Public Accounts, said he had written to Terence Nombembe, the Auditor-General,
asking him to highlight the expenditure on soccer tickets in his reports on the
finances of government departments.
of the year.
for accountability. According to the Public Finance Management Act, fruitless
and wasteful expenditure is illegal. From where we are standing there is no
value for money in the buying of World Cup tickets,” Godi said.
officers should take disciplinary steps against the culprits or recover the
observed. If we pick and choose when to observe laws, we will reduce ourselves
to the status of a banana republic,” he said.