Sunday, November 9, 2008

Auditing a Dictator, and what you might find

From world's newest edition to democracy- the Maldives- an audit report of its president;

Between 2002 and 2005, at different times a total of Rf 7.2 million ($US 565,000) from the President’s Office budget and fund accounts were handed in cash to two senior officers of the Defence Ministry. Rf 6.3 million ($US 494,000) of this money was given for 'a special government purpose', and the remaining Rf 893,075 ($US 70,000) was given for the establishment and management of a student association in Sri Lanka.

There is no other written record of this money in the President’s Office. There is no way of determining what the required outcome was to be, and if it achieved that outcome. Therefore there is no benefit for the public from Rf 7.2 million given to the two officers of the Defence Ministry.

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