Auditor General Samba Alhamdou Baby presented his 180-year annual report for the year 2020 on Tuesday, October 12. The President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, received it at the Presidential Palace in Koulouba. The transitional authorities have shown their willingness to make the fight against corruption and embezzlement of public money one of their priorities. However, it is precisely the role of this institution that for this edition carried out 22 verification assignments for the management of public funds.
The first financial irregularities mentioned in the report from Auditor General The Prime Minister is particularly concerned about the irregular payment of “sovereignty costs” on behalf of almost CFA 710 million, “irregular payments to the Prime Minister” of CFA 171 million and “unjustified payments” of more than FRF 184 million, under periods relating to the years 2017 to 2019.
Another example of this close relationship: the management of Mali’s embassy in Cairo, between 2016 and early 2019, with the payment of “unnecessary benefits” to embassy staff. Benefits such as rent, telephone, television subscriptions and, above all, the application of an irregular exchange rate for diplomatic missions. According to the Auditor General, the total amount is more than 390 million CFA francs.
The embassies of Mali in Brazzaville and Addis Ababa and the Malian warehouses in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal are also singled out, as are the public bodies responsible for the management of drinking water (Somagep), roads (Ageroute) or even agricultural products (Opam), each time with irregularities such as amounts to hundreds of millions of CFA francs. For all documented cases, the information is transferred to the competent judicial authorities.
This morning I received the annual report 2020 from the auditor general. It was an opportunity for me to remember the important role that BVG plays in the process of fighting corruption and economic crime, a deep endeavor of the Malian people. pic.twitter.com/LQlcbIK616
– Colonel Assimi GOITA (@GoitaAssimi) October 12, 2021