By Tawonga Sesani

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Local government technocrats have started embracing public sector reforms for better operation in councils

This was noted during the two day validation workshop which was set to assist in coming up with a standard manual on international Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) for local government authorities.

The local authorities said are concerns with the framework arguing that it does not cover the recent public finance management reforms including the implementation of IFMIS.

They said documents which have been produced at the workshop which include Audit Manual.

The Charter and Service Committee handbook will help in reducing issues of mismanagement in the councils.

This has comes after various local councils have been accused of failing to account for public funds.

Speaking earlier at the workshop Ministry of finance director of public finance Monaosyile Villa Mhango said workshop would help in setting up an updated internal audit policy and procedures manual for local councils.

“The newly developed Internal Audit Framework will go a long a way in a drive to enhance accountability and transparency in councils. That, the Framework will help in ensuring that councils have a well-functioning audit which will lead to improved service delivery,” said Monaosyile

Currently local councils use an outdated internal audit manual which was developed in 2007.

The development of the manuals and validation workshop were done with support from USAID and UKAID through LGAP.

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