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Oct 25, 2011

Auditor General retires, but reports not vetted

Godwin Hulse, Senator

The post of the Auditor General that became vacant on August thirty-first when Edmund Zuniga reached retirement age has been filled. But while the new appointment of Dorothy Bradley on September twenty-fourth comes highly recommended, some Senators believe that the former auditor general’s reports should have been clarified and vetted before he retired. In the senate, the issue was raised by Senator Godwin Hulse.

Godwin Hulse, Senator

“We have just appointed Mrs. Bradley and she is a competent woman. But what my comments were is that there was no point in having an auditor general if we don’t look at the reports they submit, the constitution was amended by the sixth amendment to review the auditor general report and to summon the auditor general and any other public officer for question in relation to those reports. I submitted a motion to the senate to create a committee to do just that almost a year ago. And it has not been formed. So I reminded the honorable president today that that committee needs to be formed so that we can look at the report. We now have a new audoitor general and we don’t want her report to be another one to lie on the table and the lady’s efforts are in futility. The purpose is so that parliament cansee how the finance is managed. And the last report and I congratulate Mister Zuniga for bringing his reports up to date, but they had a lot of scathing remarks and we haven’t had a chance to question him and now he’s retired. That is also part of parliament’s work in addition to making laws.”

The senate also heard a motion for the designation of the year 2012 as the International Year of Credit Unions and Cooperatives.

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