The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has reappointed Sam Gomani as deputy auditor general on a year’s contract effective August 6.
The National Audit Office (NAO) post was vacant for some months after Gomani, born on April 22 1949, retired in March this year.
Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa has confirmed Gomani’s appointment and said it was just a renewal of his contract because he has been in the system.
He said: “Yes, I can confirm that we have given Mr. Gomani a contract. But it is just that we have renewed his contract because he has been serving the office.”
NAO spokesperson Lawrence Chinkhunda said in an interview yesterday that prior to Gomani’s retirement, the office recommended that he should transfer skills to his potential successor hence the new contract.
He said: “Government has found it proper to reappoint him for another one year. We do not want to speculate why he was reappointed. It is in the interest of government if it finds it necessary to reappoint a person after reviewing whether he performed well which was the case with Mr. L.S. Gomani.”
Chinkhunda said NAO will benefit from Gomani’s experience and institutional memory, especially at this time when NAO is undergoing a reform process.
Gomani’s appointment comes as the audit agency is conducting several important audits, including the ‘K92 billion’ Cashgate allegedly committed during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.