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General News of Tuesday, 14 August 2018


LIVESTREAMING: Day 2 of Public Accounts Committee sitting

Probing continues as the Public Accounts Committee questions Managers of some state institutions on the second day of its sitting in Parliament.

The committee is scrutinizing the Auditor General’s report on some state institutions.

Officials from the Ministries of Education, Chieftancy and Traditional Affairs, Employment and labour Relations, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Information and National Orientation are all expected to make appearance before the committee.

Standing Order 165 of Parliament assigns to the Public Accounts Committee, PAC, the examination of the audited accounts showing the appropriation of funds granted by Parliament to the government.

In the wisdom of Parliament, the PAC is one of the only two committees of the House chaired by a member from the minority side of the Legislative body. This is to deepen the mandate of the committee in scrutinising properly, the audited accounts of government institutions.

The live broadcast of sittings of PAC on national television also brings the committee's work closer to the public. The PAC has thus become one of the most popular committees of Parliament as it brings to the doorstep of the people, the principles of accountability enshrined in the constitution.

Watch a livestream of the sitting here: