Constantine Manda, previous EASST visiting fellow and researcher at Twaweza, revealed the findings of a report issued by Tanzania's former Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Ludovick Utouh, which features the most recent nationally representative data around citizens's views surrounding three national financial oversight bodies: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Local Authority Accounts Committee (LAAC), and the National Audit Office of Tanzania (NAOT). Titled, "Guardians of accountability: citizen knowledge and opinion regarding oversight bodies", the report uses data collected in the 25th round of Sauti za Wananchi, Africa's first nationally-representative high frequency mobile phone survey, to gather responses of 1,474 people from across Mainland Tanzania in September-October 2014. Key findings indicated that citizens are clearly affected by corruption and have little faith in key oversight bodies to address their concerns.
Some of these key findings include:
While the CAG audit observations and recommendations have the objective of improving performance and accountability in government spending, CAG is incapable of enforcing the implementation of these recommendations. Despite citizen's skepticism and lack of awareness surrounding these financial oversight institutions, they are not advocating for particularly strong sanctions against those who misuse public money. Strong leadership at all levels is needed to not only ensure the effective implementation of accountability mechanisms, but to create lawful sanctions against those who misuse public funds and educate the general public and those in positions of power about methods of accountability and the importance of establishing such mechanisms.
Read the full press release here