In terms of monitoring the management and use of the budget and state assets

In terms of monitoring the management and use of the

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In terms of monitoring the management and use of the budget and state assets, greater resources would enhance the capacity of the Auditor Gen- eral to detect serious violations early. Also, greater resources would allow the Auditor General to extend its operations beyond the audit of accounts to include the assessment of programmes and activities underlying the accounts to determine value for money and evaluation of their impacts. In this way, the budget objectives of the Government can be systematically analysed and reported upon by the Auditor General. Another key initiative there- fore is the establishment of the proposed General Accounting Office, which will be an independent office of Parliament, that will provide contemporary analysis of actual performance against budgets, as well as projections of budgetary out-turns in light of budgetary or extra-budgetary developments. In summary, independent institutions such as the Auditor General, the Judiciary and Director of Pub- lic Prosecutions need greater financial autonomy and strengthening to continue to discharge their mandates effectively. A key action therefore is for the budgets of these institutions to become a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund so that regard- less of circumstances, these institutions are prop- erly resourced to discharge their mandates. Greater oversight over the independent institutions In a multi-ethnic society, it is impera- tive that the independent institutions operate in a manner that ensures that society’s sense of fairness is not offended. Under the Constitution, the president has discre- tionary powers in the appointment, among others, of the Chief Justice and members of the indepen- dent commissions which plays a crucial role in ensuring that citizens are afforded redress and are treated equally and fairly. In this regard, it is cru- cial that the Office of the President is adequately resourced so that it can establish a robust vetting process that ensures that the most suitable candi- dates are selected to serve on the various constitu- tional bodies. Under sections 66B and D of the Constitution, the independent institutions such as the Service Com- missions Department are required to submit to the President a report on their administration, function and the criteria adopted in the exercise of its pow- ers in the previous year. However, the depth and 71-72 V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Making the Necessary Adjustments
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scope of these audits must be expanded in order to effectively identify financial and other discrepan- cies early. To effectively discharge this requirement, the scope of the Office of the President must be expanded in terms of greater oversight and audit- ing of the independent agencies such as the Integ- rity Commission. This requires greater resources and skilled personnel. In summary, in terms of improving independent oversight, the following is advanced: the capacity of the independent institutions to
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