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Title: GOVERNMENT RELEASES MINISTERIAL AUDITS

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SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT RELEASES MINISTERIAL AUDITS 
 
REFTEL: CONAKRY 00182 
 
¶1.  (SBU) SUMMARY.  On April 7, the Guinean Government finally 
released the audits requested by Prime Minister Kouyate last year to 
address alleged corruption.  While the overall total amount lost, 45 
million USD, has been known for some time (REFTEL), the release 
allows a closer inspection of each ministry.  END SUMMARY. 
 
¶2.  (SBU) On march 31, the Ministry of Economic and Financial 
Control, Ethics, and Transparence released selected ministerial 
audits of the Government of Guinea (GoG).  The period covered by the 
audits is 1 January 2006 to 30 June 2007.  According to the Ministry 
of Economic and Financial Control, future audits will stay on the 
same time track. 
 
¶3.  (SBU) The audits of the following ministries were released: the 
Ministry of Mines, the Secretary General of Religious Affairs, the 
Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fishing, Ministry of Transport, 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Health, and Ministry 
of Communication. According to the Secretary General of the Ministry 
of Economic and Financial Control, Dr. Camara, the audits of the 
Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Works are not ready 
and have not been released.  The military was not audited, nor was 
the Presidency. (REFTEL). 
 
¶4.  (SBU) The audits identify general areas, sometimes departments, 
sometimes sub-departments, within each audited ministry.  They 
identify the total amounts of losses due to embezzlement, property 
unaccounted for, or just spending for which there is no 
justification available.  At the end of each ministry section, the 
audit makes recommendations to rectify the problems identified. 
 
¶5.  (SBU) The recommendations run from "recover the amounts 
embezzled" to "reform the mechanism to issue fishing licenses."  No 
individual names of those believed to be responsible for the losses 
are mentioned in the audits. 
 
¶6.  (SBU) COMMENT.  The audits were supposed to be released all 
together, but the government has been under pressure from various 
sectors to publish the results.  The missing ministries are critical 
in that they have large budgets and officials have plenty of 
opportunity for significant graft.  Although the reports do not name 
specific individuals, they do break down ministries by various 
departments and areas of responsibility.  The longest report in the 
audit is on the Ministry of Fishing. The current Minister of 
Fishing, Mohamed Youla, has been a government bureaucrat 
long-suspected of being corrupt. (NOTE: For example, in 2005, the 
media reported that someone stole Five Hundred Thousand Euros out of 
a spare tire on Youla's car. END NOTE.) He was shuffled from his 
position as the National Director of the Budget at the Ministry of 
Finance to the Minister of Fishing when Kouyate named his consensus 
government.  The local press is emphasizing that the audits prove 
the extent of corruption in the Government.  Embassy will be looking 
at the audits more closely and provide further analysis as 
appropriate.  END COMMENT. 
 
CARTER