NO missing millions

Auditors however, detected “massive discrepancies” in the way the mass housing project was administered – various officials can be in hot water as a result – Audit Report

The much awaited forensic audit report, by auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers on the Walvis Bay Municipality’s mass urban land servicing project, has been described by insiders this week as “both sour and sweet”.

On the sweet side no traces could be found that N$24 million has gone missing from the money the Namibian Government paid over to the Municipality to carry out a mass housing project on its behalf.
The political activist Knowledge Ipinge first blew the whistle on these alleged “missing millions”. Apart from the forensic audit, a case was also opened at the Anti Corruption Com-mission in this regard.
On the sweet side, the report did however uncovered huge administrative discrepancies which the Municipality of Walvis Bay must now systematically investigate, rectify and where necessary hold municipal officials accountable for that.
The ten Walvis Bay Town Councillors received an electronic copy of the audit report during July. On 25 the content and recommendations of the report were discussed during an Extraordinary Council meeting.
Based on the finding of the report, the suspensions were lifted of the Municipality of Walvis Bay’s CEO, Muronga Haingura, its General Manager for Community and Economic Development, Augostino Victor, housing senior manager Jack Manale and housing officer Connie Summers.
The four officials were back in office on 1 September.
It was pointed out their suspensions were necessary for the purposes of the forensic audit, and not on any specific allegations.
“Neither were their suspensions ordered following Knowledge Ipinge’s complaint at the ACC”, a senior manager pointed out.

With regard to the discrepancies found by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the following have emerged:
1. For a total of 26 houses there were no building certificates. (Note: Following the audit report, some of the certificates were located under stacks of documents and files in the office of a building inspector that died last year).
2. Of these 26 houses it must also be established whether the actual cost of the construction of these houses matches payments made to the contractor.
3. A total of 29 properties were sold, but auditors could not locate the sales agreements for these houses in the municipality’s administrative system. Officials must now establish whether these

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