The Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri, has implored accounting professionals to shun corruption, saying dabbling in corrupt activities can jeopardise one’s career.
Chiri made the remarks while speaking at the 2022 Premier Business School (PBS) awards ceremony in Harare last Thursday.
She urged accounting professionals who were awarded the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) certification to use the skills they had acquired to help rebuild the country’s economy. Chiri said:
Go out there and be ethical accountants with integrity. Corruption kills both yourself and the country.
Don’t be involved in corrupt activities that jeopardise your career, and do not aspire to acquire wealth at any cost.
We have seen many scandals in the private and public sectors, some of which were perpetrated by qualified accountants.
We don’t expect that from you as products of Premier Business School.
Integrity and ethics should be the backbone of any accounting professional.
Without integrity and ethics, you cannot be a successful accountant or finance person.
The profession requires high levels of discipline, and without integrity, it is almost impossible for you to achieve sustained success.
Chiri also commended the award recipients for completing their studies despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus. | The Herald