On Wednesday 26, June 2019 in the National Assembly, Hon. Biti asked the Hon. Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Hon. Dr. Kanhutu Nzenza when she would table the National Social Security Authority Special Forensic Audit Report. He voiced concern that the time limits defined in Section 11 and 12 of the Audit Act had already expired. The Hon. Speaker reminded the Hon. Minister that she had indicated that she would table the said report in 30 days, and later had said within 14 days. The Hon. Minister then indicated that the Audit Office Act does not provide a time frame within which the report ought to be tabled. The Speaker said that since a question of law had been raised, he would attend to it and make a determination accordingly.
This ruling seeks to resolve the matter of tabling of forensic reports made by the Auditor-General upon request by the responsible Minister. It will also address the matter of tabling of the Auditor General’s reports in terms of section 12 of the Audit Act.