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Commonwealth Secretariat in defence mode amid 'damning' financial report

Janella Precius reports from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.
 
The Commonwealth Secretariat is in defence mode following a damning report about its finances.
 
A spokesman told Radio Jamaica News that the organisation has nothing to hide. 
 
News of the financial report emerged two days ahead of the announcement of a new Commonwealth Secretary-General.
 
Supporters of the current Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, who did not want to speak on the record, expressed concern about the timing.
 
According to the BBC, the Commonwealth Secretariat is withholding a financial audit containing damning details about its operations.
 
But Commonwealth Secretariat spokeman Matt Patterson has refuted the claims. 
 
Describing it as a "very bland report", Mr. Patterson said the contents of the document had been "mischaracterised in media". 
 
He stated that the report has not been made public due to errors. 
 
Mr. Patterson said it remains with the auditors Ernst and Young and insists it will be published once the errors are corrected.


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