The Organisation of Professional Associations yesterday came down hard on the Treasury Secretary who blamed the Auditor General for criticizing the public sector, calling the Secretary`s behaviour ?unwarranted.?
Citing media reports where the Treasury Secretary has criticized the Auditor General for exposing certain wrongdoing in the public sector, the OPA said the Secretary instead should have facilitated the process by getting his officials to reply any queries by the Attorney General.
?The comments of the Secretary to the Treasury are unwarranted,? it said in a statement.
The OPA reminded the Secretary that under the Constitution it is the responsibility and function of the Auditor General to make critical appraisal of public sector in Parliament.
?He has to be able to do this without any interference from public servants, however exalted they may be,? it said.
The OPA suggested that provision for disciplinary procedures against public servants who criticize the Auditor General be included in the proposed Audit Act.
It congratulated the Auditor General on the recent exposure of the massive VAT fraud perpetrated by officials of the Department of Inland Revenue that comes under the Secretary to the Treasury