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Govt to probe THA accounts
The People’s Partnership Government will launch a forensic investigation into the accounts of the PNM-controlled Tobago House of Assembly (THA). That was disclosed by Minister in the Ministry of Finance Dr Delmon Baker during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Magdalena Hotel, Lowlands, Tobago. He said the investigation would be undertaken in response to questions in the wake of concerns raised by the Auditor General in her 2004 and 2005 reports on the THA. Baker, MP for Tobago West, is also a member of the Tobago Organisation of the People, one unit of the five-party PP coalition. He said before monies were disbursed to the various divisions of the THA warrants of expenditure had to be approved. “Monies were taken out of the account without those warrants being issued,” he said. Baker added that in some other instances when the Auditor General requested the THA books for inspection they were not presented. He added: “In addition to which, there are numerous transactions for which the authority does not exist.” He said he could not say the THA acted in any manner that would lead to somebody ending up in jail. “I am saying that there is sufficient evidence for the Central Government to inquire further into the accounts of the Tobago House of Assembly,” Baker said.
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