The African Organization for Public Accounts Committee (AFROPAC) has elected Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Dagoseh as it chair.
AFROPAC is a pan-African network of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees with similar functions.
Senator Edward Dagoseh, who represents Liberia in the continental parliamentary body, was elected on acclamation in a process that had other previously contended processions.
A dispatch from Nairobi, Kenya, said Senator Dagoseh, who is former Chairman of the West Africa Chapter of the Association of Public Accounts Committees, was elected in Nairobi on Thursday to steer the affairs of the body for the next four years. His election came at the end of the second Annual General Meeting and Conference of AFROPAC, which took place from August 29 to September 2 in the Kenyan capital city, Nairobi.
Senator Dagoseh replaces fellow parliamentarian Alfred Wol Malith from South Sudan, who served the body for four years since 2012.
As Chairman of AFRPAC, Senator Dagoseh will supervise the organization’s services to African Parliaments and their committees dealing with public accounts.
One of his key responsibilities will be to set a clear mutual understanding of Public Accounts Committees (PAC) in Africa, and also coordinate all parliamentary Public Accounts Committees and Committees with similar functions on the continent.
Following his election, Senator Dagoseh lauded his colleagues for the confidence they reposed in him and Liberia to manage the continental body.
He promised to work in the interest of AFROPAC and the improvement of Public Accounts at the parliamentary level in Africa.
Others elected to steer the affairs of AFROPAC for the next four years are Angelline Osegge of Uganda, Co-chair; Nicolas Gumbo of Kenya, Secretary General; and Ahmed Magzoub Ahmed of Sudan, Treasurer. The elections proceedings were facilitated by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The AFROPAC conference brought together leaders, representatives and legislators from 14 countries including Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.
The keynote speaker, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, challenged members of Public Accounts Committees (PACs) across Africa to foster transparency to ensure prudent use of public resources.
President Kenyatta expressed the need for PAC to come up with legal mechanisms to ensure public officers are accountable to citizens.
“Upon your work rest the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Africans across the continent. Your work must be above reproach. You must be reasonable servants led by the laws of your respective lands,” he said.
Other speakers were the German Agency for International Co-operation’s (GIZ) Country Director for Kenya, Hendrik Linneweber, and the Chair of Public Accounts Committee and Head of African Organization of Public Accounts Committees (AFROPAC), Nicolas Gumbo.