GOV’T DEFRAUDED THROUGH FALSIFIED IMPRESTS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is probing into around Vt30 million that is allegedly unaccounted for when Global Fund provided funding to the Vanuatu Government for the health sector.

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Ephraim Kalsakau, said the money was included in the budget of the Vanuatu Government.

The fund was for three health programmes namely, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

This fund was sourced by the Government through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) as the principal recipient.

The PAC summoned Mr Philip Tasale, a former SPC employee to get a background on findings made in 2014.

Mr Tasale said, in their review of reports on spendings done by government employees, they had found a lot of discrepancies particularly in the malaria programme.

He said majority of these discrepancies were from government imprests.

Tasale said his team went to Santo to interview creditors and found that some receipts were falsified and the government was defrauded through imprests.

Ministry of Health Officials are expected to appear before the PAC soon, after they were first summoned and arrived late at the Parliament House for the hearing.

The PAC is an appointed Committee of Parliament consisting of members of Parliament from Government and Opposition.

Its probes are based on audited reports provided by the office of the Auditor General.

Once the inquiry is complete, the PAC will then report its findings to Parliament.

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JonDeke

Same old never ending story

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