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ESTABLISHMENT OF AUDIT COMMITTEES IN GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES OF A DEVELOPING COUNTRY

Ndeshipewa Johanna Akwenye, Tia Chata, Olumide Henrie Benedict

DOI: 10.22495/rgcv6i4c2art5

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Abstract

The underlying study to this paper attempts to establish to what extent audit committees in government ministries in Namibia have been established as a requirement for enhanced quality of service delivery and accountability to taxpayers A qualitative approach was followed, where questionnaires or an interviews were conducted with accounting officers in government ministries. Content and thematic analyses were used to formulate narratives based on the understanding of similarities and differences in respondents’ experiences, views and perceptions. The study shows that from the 17 ministries that responded, only 2 ministries have established audit committees. Confirmatory, there is currently no legislature that makes it mandatory for government ministries in Namibia to establish audit committees within their respective constituencies. There are no formal audit committee terms and references or an audit committee charters are in place. Government ministries in Namibia seem to not have adopted best national and international governance practices with respect to the establishment of audit committees within their ministries. There is a need for a clear guidance as to how audit committees must be established; the composition of the committee members, the terms of office of committee members and remuneration, to mention a few.

Keywords: Audit Committee, Corporate Governance, Public Accounts Committee, Ministry, Accounting Officer

How to cite this paper: Akwenye, N., Chata, T., & Benedict, O. (2016). Establishment of audit committees in government ministries of a developing country. Risk governance & control: financial markets & institutions, 6(4-2), 274-281. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/rgcv6i4c2art5

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