Namibia: Film Commission Not 'Very Satisfied' With Auditor General’s Report

Investment

The Namibia Film Commission (NFC) says it is not very satisfied with the latest audit report on the accounts of its film and development fund, which was tabled in Parliament. "There are some figures stated in the Auditor General's report which are different to ours," said Namibia Film Commission (NFC) secretary Edwin Kanguatjivi on 23 February 2010.

"It would have been fair if the audit team had given us a chance to respond to some of the issues raised in their report," Kanguatjivi told The Namibian. He also pointed out that he did not sign any of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 financial statements that appear in the audit report. "We waited for the audit team to come back to us, this did not happen, we are not quite satisfied with this audit report," Kanguatjivi added.

He further pointed that expenses on film and video productions during those three years were less than what The Namibian reported."According to our accountant, the expenses over the three financial years did not come to N$220 million, but only to N$80 million in accumulated expenses by March 31 2008. In 2006 it was N$64,4 million and in 2007 it came to N$76,8 million and in 2008, the accumulated expenses up to that financial year came to N$80 million only. Your newspaper added up the three amounts and wrongly came to N$220 million," Kanguatjivi pointed out.

During the 2005/2006 financial year, the NFC spent just over N$50 million with the lion share going to the film based on the book of former President Sam Nujoma, 'Where Others Wavered'. In the 2006 to 2007 financial year only N$16.2 million was spent on film productions and the following year the money for productions came to just N$655 000.

Asked which other film or video productions the NFC participated in apart from the liberation struggle movie based on Nujoma's autobiography, Kanguatjivi said one video was on voter education for the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN). "We are also co-funding the local video 'My fathers' own son' and the national broadcaster's (NBC) first soapie called 'The ties that bind'."

The Namibian 23 Feb 2010