Speaking at State House this morning when he swore in Dr. Sichembe and his deputy for Corporate Services Ms. Sarah Ross, President Lungu urged the duo to ensure resources are applied for the purpose for which they were appropriated or raised.
He said the government cannot allow the wastage of resources, especially in the midst of austerity measures.
The Head of State said the Office of the Auditor General should therefore be key to the realisation of the said measures.
“I wish to congratulate you on your appointment as Auditor General for the Republic of Zambia. This appointment is in line with the provisions of the Constitution of Zambia, hence the requirement for ratification by Parliament,” President Lungu said.
“Your ratification is, therefore, a confirmation of the confidence that the people of Zambia have in you to take charge of the office of the Auditor General. Your curriculum vitae is very impressive. I am pleased to also note that your loyalty to the government is admirable, and should be emulated by other public servants who aspire to rise to high positions in government, such as the one you have been appointed to. You are a seasoned public servant, having dedicated over 20 years of your career in accounting, finance and auditing of public sector institutions. You have worked in various positions in the government rising through the ranks to the position of accountant general, a position which you held until this appointment.”
He said he expects the duo to work as a team as opposed to ‘pulling in different directions’ in the institution’s quest to bring sanity to the utilisation of public resources.
Meanwhile, the Head of State has described Ms. Ross, who has worked in both public and private sectors for 36 years, as a seasoned accountant, economist and business administrator.
He said he confident that Ross will give priceless support to the Auditor General in the execution of his mandate.
“Your experience dates back to the time you worked for Barclays Bank, and thereafter, you moved to Meridien Biao Bank where you rose from being a clerk to the level of manager, banking operations. After leaving Meridien Bank, you served in several other institutions until you joined the Office of the Auditor General in 2005, the institution you have served to date. During the 15 years with the Auditor General’s office, you have served diligently, having risen from the position of senior auditor, forensic and investigation to the position of director, planning and information until your new appointment as Deputy Auditor General, Corporate Services,” President Lungu said.
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