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Patriotic Front official, Kafwaya, rubbishes Auditor-General’s 2023 report, claims it’s illegal


Patriotic Front (PF) Lunte Member of Parliament, Mutotwe Kafwaya, has termed as illegal the recently released Auditor-General’s Report for 2023.

Kafwaya said the fact that Ron Mwambwa did not qualify to hold the office of the Auditor-General, for allegedly being over age, makes the report inadmissible in any normal circumstance.

He said this at a media briefing held at Parliament media centre in Lusaka on Friday

“Just by going through the first pages of the audit report, it only screams excessive levels of incompetence,” Kafwaya said.

He also claimed that during one of Mwambwa’s press briefings, he had refused to tell the nation about the issue of age which had been raised.

“The reports revealed that the trends were going down, please go back and redo the audit because this current one has shown your incompetence apart from not being qualified for that position,” Kafwaya alleged while appraising performance of the Auditor-General.

The republican constitution states that for an individual to qualify to hold the office of the Auditor/General, he/she ought to be below the age of 60 years.

President Hichilema’s nominee is reportedly 64 years old which, if correct, automatically disqualifies him from holding the office.

Read more:Auditor General calls for greater transparency, accountability at stakeholders’ meeting

Meanwhile, leader of the opposition in Parliament, Brian Mundubile said the PF was going to write to professional bodies to query the legality of the current Auditor-General.

Mundubile said the PF expected the Auditor-General to reject his appointment as a way of upholding the constitution of Zambia.

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