“We monitor daily government spending” (IGF)

The Treasury General is on all hot topics of the hour: civil servant pay, exceptions, answers to covid, Go pass, Bukanda Lonzo … This institution, which relies on the presidency of the republic, is currently carrying out current 34 control missions including 26 in Kinshasa. However, it only has about forty inspectors still active … IGF has not recruited for thirty years. The need is so much more urgent, as the Inspector General of Finance now daily checks all the revenue and expenditure of the state to prevent abuse. Jules Alingete is a historical financial inspector and the institution’s new head for just over three months. He answers questions from Sonia Rolley.

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RFI: How to try to prevent hijacking?

Jules Alingete: Today, the Inspector General is informed about all items and exits to the general government account. Almost within 24 hours after a cash outflow, we have the information. We analyze what we assess availability, the benefits, and we make a report. In fact, we wanted to introduce this system in order to rationalize the management of Congolese public expenditure.

You think it will change something?

I think when people know that we monitor public spending on a daily basis, we need to change the way we work.

And for the recipes, you think you would have an impact?

Since we arrived, we had appointed inspectors on all boards to oversee the work of the board. Our inspectors are there to ensure that the authorities also change their methods. Despite the fact that the extent of economic activity is not at the desired level, we still have income. All of this is the result of the surveillance missions we had introduced, the cancellation of tax exemptions and the elimination of compensation. All these measures are bearing fruit.

Why is there so much more talk today about the General Finance Inspectorate? Still, it has been around for a long time, but we did not see it publishing reports in this country.

Yes, first of all, today we have significant political support, institutional support that allows us to carry out the work in complete freedom. There are no obstacles, there are no obstacles. And then we changed our methods. Because the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority has always carried out quality work, but the conclusions have always been kept. So impunity continued. Today, we believe we really need to communicate because there are two sanctions in the facts of the hijacking. There is first what I call social rejection and then judicial sanction. Social disapproval is when all the Congolese will point the finger at you as the author of their misfortune for having managed the resources of the republic, you will feel that you will be rejected by society. And then justice will attack you, you will understand that you have to be afraid of mismanaging public finances. This is how I see it at the moment.

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