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Audit Office appointments not in favor of AFC

The absence of an AFC representative and unfamiliarity of the standing orders at a Public Accounts Committee meeting resulted in the government approving the appointment of several persons at the Audit Office.

That decision to approve the appointments is now being questioned since the Finance Minister’s wife is one of those listed to be promoted.  The AFC believes that the approved appointment of the Minister’s wife is a conflict of interest since her office has oversight over the Ministry her husband heads.
Now the AFC is calling for a review of the decision taken by the committee on Monday. The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, APNU Member Carl Greenidge was not allowed to vote and that gave the government’s side the majority. The opposition later found out that based on the committee’s standing orders the chairman could have voted.
AFC Member of Parliament Trevor Williams who was the one absent on the day said the party is dissatisfied with the actions of the committee’s government members.
AFC Executive Member, David Patterson said the matter will be raised at the next Public Accounts Committee meeting with the hope of reversing the appointments.
The AFC is sticking to its position that in order for corruption to be stamped out there must be transparency and independence at the Audit Office.

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