PRC wants financial sanctions on PAP board members

Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The African Union's Permanen-t Representatives' Committee (PRC) demands that the six board members of the continental organisation's Parliament returns all monies received for per diems, air tickets, communication allowances in fiscal 2004, 2005 and 2006 in breach of the regulatory provisions.
The demand is contained in the PRC's recommendations in its final report copied to PANA Friday in Accra, Ghana.
The PRC is also demanding that the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) members, including the board members, pay back all sums received for their participation in the committees' sessions and meetings in fiscal 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The PRC asks also for the blocking of the PAP Fund "established in breach of the current procedures and the return of US$375,000 to the PAP general fund".
The ambassadors, after examining the report by the Consultative sub- committee on the external auditors of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) accounts, took taken these decisions.
In fact, the report shows that the six PAP board members have received significant per diems, the amounts of which have not been specified, in breach of the texts ruling the African Union.
In the first three years, between 2004 and 2006, the Parliament paid all air tickets, communication allowances and per diems to the board members.
According to the PRC, the per diems totalled US$700 per session day.
The Parliament members were in the same boat and received allowances for participating in the committees' sessions and meetings from 2004 to 2006.
All this is contrary to the AU's financial rules, the sub-committee's report says, noting that the Executive Council's decision made in December 1998 stipulates that "the State members incur the expenses relating to the participation of the African Parliament members, in particular the members of the board and committees (air tickets, per diems and other related expenses) in the African Parliament's statutory meetings and sub-committees in the first five years of its existence.
" However, the African Parliament started its activities only in 2006.
Under the Executive Council's decision, "the board members shall not live in the headquarters in the first five years of the existence of the PAP.

29 june 2007 22:45:00

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