Saturday, February 24, 2018

LifeSport audit to take 3 weeks

The audit into the LifeSport programme by the Central Audit Unit (CAU) has begun and is expected to take close to three weeks to complete, Finance Minister Larry Howai has said.

“The audit has just started so I don’t have anything just yet. (The officers) are going out and visiting the different places and so on but at this stage it’s too early,” Howai told the Express Wednesday night at a pre-budget forum at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

He said when the audit is completed the report will be sent to the Prime Minister.

The CAU, a division of the Ministry of Finance, will visit 41 different locations and review various transactions into the controversial programme that had been initiated by Sport Minister Anil Roberts as a youth empowerment programme.

The Express reported earlier this month, however, that millions of dollars allocated to the programme had been going to former murder accused and Jamaat-al-Muslimeen member, Rajaee Ali, who is LifeSport’s programme co-ordinator.

Following the reports, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar ordered an audit into the programme’s management, and announced on Saturday at the People’s Partnership fourth anniversary celebration rally that she will remove the LifeSport from the Ministry of Sport to the Ministry of National Security.

—Carla Bridglal