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There continues to be more condemnation of Governments decision to appoint the wife of the Finance Minister

There continues to be more condemnation of governments decision to appoint the wife of the Finance Minister as the Director of Office of the Auditor General.

Watchdog group, Transparency Institute Guyana Inc. is the latest body to add its voice to the concerns saying the office of Auditor General  is a public office created by the constitution and is mandated to uphold and preserve the highest standards of independence and integrity.  The body in a statement said a serious conflict of interest has arisen both  in professional terms and in the eyes of the public.

It added that both the Minister of Finance and his wife are bound by standards of professional conduct laid down by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana, to which they belong.

TIGI is of the view that the retention of Mrs. Singh as Audit Director is likely to adversely affect the credibility of the OAG and will undermine public confidence in such an important independent office created by the constitution – the supreme law of Guyana.

TIGI has called  on the President who appoints the AG, the AG himself, and the Public Accounts Committee to remedy this situation in order to ensure good governance, greater transparency and enhanced accountability.

The transparency group said the Finance Minister’s wife should turn down the appointment if there are not moves to rescind it.

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