When presenting acquittals for Wabag District for 2015, 2016 and the first half of 2017, current MP Dr Tom said the failure to provide acquittals by his predecessor needed to be rectified, hence time was spent with his administration, sorting out the books.
However, Ganim said Dr Lino’s statement implied that his former administration had never presented any acquittal on the use of district funds between 2015 and 2017.
“How can this be true when pre-requisites of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) were that no new DSIP grants are released until acquittals of any previous year or years are presented first?
“It only shows the immaturity and limited knowledge Dr. Lino and his team have in how the Government finance system works,” Ganim responded.
Ganim strongly stated that all acquittals of Wabag district funds in the corresponding periods 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 were presented according to requirements of law and that was why Wabag continued to receive DSIP funds and services were rendered.
“Besides, Dr. Lino is a newly elected MP, hence his responsibility starts when he receives funds,” pointed out Ganim.
“Any outstanding matters will normally be dealt with by the administration.”