An investigation has been ordered by House Speaker Halson Moultrie on a special Auditor General’s report on the stipends and honoraria of the Department of Education, which was recently leaked to the media before being tabled in parliament.
“According to the log provided by the Auditor General, this report was received at the receptionist desk by the receptionist on September 13, 2018, but the report never reached the acting clerk and never reached the speaker’s desk,” Moultrie explained in Parliament yesterday.
“However, by some circumstances, it found its way to the Tribune newspaper [and] that is most unusual and most unacceptable.”
The report, which covered the period from July 1, 2014, to February 28, 2018, is also under investigation by Ministry of Education officials who have reportedly made significant changes in the department as a result.
Moving forward, Moultrie said that the policies and procedures will be amended on how reports are received from the Auditor General.
“We are also requesting that the Auditor General supply parliament with 60 copies so that all members are able to receive their entitlement – that is of all documents tabled,” Moultrie declared. “As this is an ongoing investigation, I wish to make no further comments on this matter.”