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Covid-19 delayed AG’s report: Chiri

“The reason why the report has been delayed this year is mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mrs Chiri.

“We usually do our year-end audits starting from March to around May, but then this was around the time when the lockdown started.

“As a result, this gravely disrupted our work.

“We are hoping that once the lockdown measures are relaxed, then we can resume the work we had started.

“We had done much of the work and can be able to do the rest once the restrictions are lifted.”

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, who is also the leader of Government business in Parliament, said the coronavirus outbreak had disrupted much of Parliament’s work, including receiving the AG’s report.

“In terms of the law, the Minister of Finance is supposed to table the report before Parliament by June 30,” said Minister Ziyambi.

“But in the case where the Finance Minister is unavailable, he can request that I submit the report on his behalf.

“But on the whole, you must appreciate that because of Covid-19, everything was not functioning as well as it should during normal times and this also includes Parliament itself.”

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