The government has initiated a forensic audit in the purchase of COVID-19 materials and medical supplies, The Sunday Mail reports. The forensic audit which is being conducted by the Auditor General’s office has already started and they don’t have a timeframe as yet on when they will finish the audit.
The matter came to light first when President Mnangagwa told a POLAD meeting that they had initiated a special investigation into the scandal that rocked the Ministry of Health.
It was further confirmed by the Auditor General Mrs Mildred Chiri who spoke to the publication and said:
The forensic audit has started and we are using our own internal auditors. We are looking at the available documentation to see what was done right or wrong.
For now, it’s difficult to tell how long this process will take because new issues may arise from the documents as the investigation goes on. We might have to look at a lot of issues than expected, so we have to work on it first
Meanwhile, ZACC also warned Ministers to “stick to their jobs” and stay away from procurement. Mildred Chiri last headlined sometime last year as her audit reports revealed that the government’s books were in total disarray, a report that caused a media frenzy for days.
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