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2019 will not be business as usual, declares Accountant General

ACCOUNTANT General Dr Dick Sichembe says 2019 will not be business as usual.

And Dr Sichembe says he will take every opportunity to ensure that there is prudent utilisation of public resources in order for the accounting cadre to effectively contribute to the performance improvement of the public service.

In his message to all public service accountants, Dr Sichembe says accountants are at the core of prudent management of public resources.

“As we embark on Fiscal Year 2019, it is important to remind each other what our mandate as accountants is in relation to improved public service delivery, economic stabilisation, economic growth, and national building. As accountants, we are at the core of prudent management of public resources. In this role, we are stewards of public finances and the citizens of our country trust that we will diligently exercise this duty, at all times. It is in this regard that as we execute prudent management of public resources, we should firmly but fairly give lawful financial management guidance to functional departments to help them to apply resources on planned programmes,” Dr Sichembe said.

“By performing this role, we will be effectively contributing to productivity enhancement of Ministries, Provinces and Controlling Bodies’ and helping the country to accelerate the growth of the economy through fiscal consolidation and financial discipline. As I thank you for your contribution in the past year, I also wish to request that we should all make sure that 2019 becomes a year driven by discipline, honesty, hard work, integrity and accountability in the performance of our duties.”

Dr Sichembe assured accountants of his support in their duties.

“As Accountant General, I will ensure that you are supported in your work. However, should there be anyone among us who will not align themselves to the vision of serving the nation through compliance with the Public Financial Management ACT, 2018, I will not hesitate to evoke disciplinary provisions, therein, against you,” he warned.

“I will take every opportunity to ensure that there is prudent utilisation of public resources in order for the accounting cadre to effectively contribute to the performance improvement of the public service through timely attainment of resource backed performance targets. In so doing, facilitating economic stabilisation, growth, and effective financial management will be the mantra of the accounting cadre forthwith and you colleagues are the ones to spearhead this crusade.”

Dr Sichembe said 2019 would not be business as usual.

“In 2019, it will not be business as usual. Let us work together and make the accounting cadre proud contributors to nation building and prosperity in line with the aspirations of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, and the Minister of Finance, Mrs Margaret D. Mwanakatwe,” said Dr Sichembe.

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