Friday, March 28, 2008

Govt companies are underperforming, says Chilipamushi

Govt companies are underperforming, says Chilipamushi
By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Friday March 28, 2008 [03:00]

GOVERNMENT spending agencies should view the Auditor General’s report as a management tool to improve their efficiency and not a document to dent their images, commerce Permanent Secretary Davison Chilipamushi has said. And Chilipamushi has observed that most commercialised government companies have continued to under-perform.

In an interview after Patents and Companies Registration Office (PACRO) presented a K700 million dividend on Wednesday, the first ever by a government agency, Chilipamushi said PACRO was an example of company that had been transformed from loss making to profitability due to the recommendations of the Auditor General’s report.

“About a few yeas ago, PACRO like most of our agencies was making losses and was a drain on the treasury but basing on the recommendations of the OAG Office of the Auditor General report these are the results we are seeing today,” Chilipamushi said. “So, the lesson for other government departments and other spending agencies is that they should use the AG’s report as a tool to be used to improve service delivery…even when there are negative issues, they should be taken in the manner that suggest that they are simply advising you to be able to correct those anomalies that might be occurring in the institutions.”

Chilipamushi also stressed that those controlling officers that were found wanting in the AG’s report needed to be prosecuted.

“People are bound to make mistakes here and there but all the report does is to remind all the controlling officers and the people involved to help seal the loopholes and ensure that those loopholes don’t result in the loss of government money,” Chilipamushi said. “Where it needs to take corrective actions of firing people or prosecuting them, so be it.”
Chilipamushi said while some companies had performed well under commercialisation, most of them had continued to underperform.

“Some companies are performing well but others need surgery to be able to move a little bit more in terms of efficient delivery of service,” said

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