Performance contracts which Government introduced in 2020 will spur improved accountability in handling public finances and compliance with recommendations of the Auditor-General’s annual audit reports, an official has said.
Auditor-General Mrs Mildred Chiri said this while addressing participants at a media training workshop in Nyanga on Wednesday.
When they were first introduced, performance contracts were targeted at permanent secretaries, before they were extended to ministers, chief executive officers of parastatals and local authorities and, more recently, to chief directors and directors in Government.
Although the AG’s audit reports have unearthed malpractices in some Government departments and local authorities over the years, little or no action was taken against offending parties.
But, with its re-invigorated anti-corruption drive, the Second Republic has placed emphasis on fostering a culture of accountability and sound public financial management.
“In addition, we now have these performance contracts. I think this will also work as an incentive for people to work hard and to ensure that they excel in the areas in which they are going to be assessed,” Mrs Chiri said.
“When there are consequences spelt out, then chances are that people will work hard.” President Mnangagwa says public officials who fail to perform according to expectations of their performance contracts would be sanctioned while those who excel would be rewarded. – New Ziana