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Accident involving car of P.M. for 'irregularity' inclusion

An accident involving a fugitive driver colliding with the Prime Minister's official car will be included in an annual report collecting "irregularities" involving public assets, it has been confirmed. 

The head of the Ministry of Finance, Leasiosiofa’asisina Galumalemana O. Malielegaoi, confirmed that an April 2019 accident involving the Prime Minister's car would be included in the Government's annual Irregularity Report as required by law. 

Another vehicle crashed into the car of the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi in April last year. The Prime Minister was not injured in the incident but the driver, who was alleged to have been intoxicated at the time, has evaded Police and is yet to be apprehended.

The crash occurred at Aufaga, where Tuilaepa was attending the opening of new classrooms.

Irregularity Reports are filed in cases of unforeseen or unexplained expenditure or use of Government Ministry assets resulting from causes such as loss, theft and accidents. All irregularities are totaled in an annual report. 

“An [Irregularity Report] is required for all Government vehicles, including the [Prime Minister's] official car (a Government property),"  Leasiosio said in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“Our [Ministry's] Internal Audit and Investigations Division completed their investigation [into the accident] and issued an [Irregularity] Report dated 26 September 2019". 

According to Ministry guidelines reports must be completed and forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer in all cases of irregularities involving public money or inventory, even if no loss has occurred. 

“It must be furnished in all cases of vehicles accidents," the guidelines state. 

The Audit Office submits the Irregularity Reports to Parliament based on information provided by M.O.F.’s Internal Audit and Investigations Division every financial year. 

“Irregularities refer to any damage or loss relating to cash, stores or other assets," the report's guidelines state. 

"Irregularities are divided into three main categories: 1. Vehicle Parts & Repairs, 2. Loss and Theft of Public Property, and 3. Misappropriation of public funds."

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