Hold accountable those responsible for wasting money, mismanagement, Bahrain MPs tell parliament
TDT | Manama
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MP Ahmed Al Ansari yesterday called for creating a “clear mechanism” to deal with violations and observations outlined in the 18th National Audit Office Annual Report 2020- 2021.
The Chairman of the Parliament Services Committee said the violations are repeated year after year with no “clear treatment in sight for stopping them”.
The NAO report, he said, could be deemed effective only if authorities can put an end to violations and stop the repeat offenders.
The recurrence of violations is casting the report in poor light and resulting in losing its significance, as the NAO’s role is to correct and evaluate the work and performance of Government and preserve public money,” Al Ansari told the parliament.
Addressing the parliament, he also praised the effort of the NAO in issuing the report impartially and professionally.
The report, he said, is transparent and objective and represents one of the outcomes of the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The MP also called for referring violations mentioned in the report having criminal nature to the Public Prosecution.
“This would ensure that all those responsible for wasting public money is prosecuted and will stop the annual abuses,” he added.
The MP also called on all to activate constitutional tools to hold accountable the violators of the law and those guilty of wasting public money, especially when the Kingdom is going through a stifling economic crisis.
MP Bassem Al-Maliki also reflected the views of the Al Ansari.
He told parliamentarians that letting the perpetrators of violations walk free will only result in the annual report losing its significance.
“Mismanagement and financial frauds, as mentioned in the report, affected the quality of services provided to citizens, raised government expenses and taxes,” Al Maliki said.
He also called on parliamentarians to hold accountable those guilty of wasting public money.
The NAO report, Al Maliki said, should be followed by executive and legislative authorities to stop violations and abuses.
He said the annual report is increasing its pages and size without putting an end to violations