161 govt vehicles unaccounted for

21 September 2018 | Government

The department of transport within the ministry of works cannot account for 161 vehicles with a value of N$59 million.

The anomaly was uncovered when the office of the auditor-general recently presented the findings to the national assembly.

The ministry's records reflected 4 252 vehicles with a value of N$1.4 billion on 1 April. However, this did not match the closing period amount of 4 091 vehicles, valued at N$871 million.

“The difference of 161 vehicles with a value of N$59 million remains unexplained,” the office of the auditor-general said in its report of the ministry.

This is the second time that a ministry has not been able to account for vehicles, with the health ministry being unable to account for 100 vehicles earlier this year.

The audit also found that unauthorised capital projects totalling N$114 million were undertaken by the department. These projects included the formulation of nationwide transport planning (N$82 million), the construction of the Ngoma – Nakobolelwa gravel road (N$22 million), construction of the Endola – Eembo gravel road (N$2.3 million) and the rehabilitation of the Mariental – Keetmanshoop road (N$1.3 million).

The department could also not account for N$3.3 million paid out to 57 community members across the country to compensate for loss of land as a result of construction of roads.

“The authenticity of the amounts paid could not be verified as the payment vouchers were not provided for audit purposes,” the report said.

At the department of works, the office of the auditor-general could not account for proof of payment of a house that was owned by the ministry in Swakopmund. “Without the proof of payment and bank statements, the auditors could not ascertain whether the buyer paid the purchase price,” the report noted.

Over at the ministry of defence, N$138 million was unaccounted for. N$198 million was budgeted for the purchase of spare parts for the ministry's aircraft. The audit could however only verify a total amount of N$60 million from the expenditure vouchers presented for audit purposes. “This has resulted in an unexplained expense difference of N$138 million,” the report said.

The ministry of defence also finds itself having to pay for vehicle damage resulting from unauthorised use of these vehicles.

“The audit found a total of 21 motor vehicle accidents occurred which were due to unauthorised use resulting in an estimated damage cost of N$129 991. Furthermore the ministry is yet to repair 75 vehicles at an estimated cost of N$775 054 as a result of unauthorised use,” the report said.

OGONE TLHAGE

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