Peter Amutenya (standing)
The auditor general Junius Kandjeke wants the land reform to account for N$98m after the ministry’s accounting officer, Peter Amutenya, indicated that they bought 12 farms for N$123m, while the ledger shows that the amount used was N$222m.
Presenting the attorney general’s report in the National Assembly in Windhoek on Thursday, the deputy finance minister Natangwe Ithete quoted Kandjeke saying that the land reform ministry must account the difference between the two figures given.
Early this year, land reform minister Utoni Nujoma told the National Assembly that they had bought 12 farms with a combined 70 000 hectares for 2018/19.
Nujoma also said that the government had settled 13 families on the farms.
Kandjeke also raised the issue of underspending that saw the land reform ministry unable to use N$26,7m.
Kandjeke said Amutenya should put measures in place to avoid under-expenditure and ensure that planned programmes are implemented.
“It is further recommended that the accounting officer should comply with Treasury Instruction,” Kandjeke said.