Friday 20 July 2018

The watchdog's feet of clay

IT was an expose too far; the scandal that never was. Instead of revealing a state body's scurrilous squandering of taxpayers' money, the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General only succeeded in exposing its own feet of clay.

It transpires that the C&AG's office got it wrong when it accused an unnamed state organisation of bringing 52 spouses away on a trip. Visions of a jumbo jet, thronged with state employees and their partners, all letting their hair down at the taxpayer's expense, were shattered when the Central Bank owned up to bringing 52 employees' spouses away . . . but on 49 different trips, spread over two years.

The bank has accused the C&AG of misinterpreting information supplied to it and of jumping to wrong conclusions.

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