A group of people who mobilised resources to assist victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai via gofundme has revealed that an audit is currently underway to determine progress made so far, how the resources were used and if the resources were put where they were supposed to be put. We present below the full text of a statement by the group’s representative Freeman Chari.
As we wrap up, this week Ms Samu Keli Khumalo, Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda & Dr Charlton Tsodzo undertook a social audit trip to all the places we built. On top of the Financial audit we felt citizens must also evaluate the impact, decision-making and procedures that were taken during the period. The purpose is for them to be the eyes and ears of the people in answering curious questions:
1. Are the things we claim to have done really there
2. Do they really serve the purpose that we said they do
3. Was there need in the first place
4. Was the job done to satisfying standards
5. What are the outstanding needs
The firm doing the financial audit was also represented. Ultimately the goal is to account to you all and also to set a bit of a standard for handling people’s money.