Kidney Foundation dates MPs

  Patients and guardians of people suffering from kidney failure recently dated the Parliamentary Committee on Health to lobby for support to address challenges they face. Samuel Kumwanji, a representative of the Kidney Foundation of Malawi, said people affected by kidney failure face a lot of problems, hence their call for the committee to help.…

Auditor General for data protection law

  Auditor General Stevenson Kamphasa has bemoaned a lack of Data Protection Act in the country as a loophole which has resulted into people tampering with the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis). In recent years, billions of kwacha have been reported missing from public coffers as exposed by audit reports dating back to 2012/13…

Admarc taken to task over K4.4bn maize proceeds

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has demanded information from State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) on how it managed K4.4 billion in proceeds from selling government maize. PAC said there were no records that the money was deposited into the Malawi Government’s Account Number One and has threatened to report the…

7 billion kwacha ‘vanishes’

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development officials yesterday failed to account for K7 billion expenditure in the 2013/14 financial year, raising fears that the money could have gone down the drain. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members said they were not convinced with the explanation from the officials and noted that the expenditure was…

Parliament’s PAC justifies rejection of agencies

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has justified parliamentary committees’ rejection of representatives of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) not having controlling officers in their delegations to respond to audit queries. PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said in an interview they used Section 60 (3) of the Constitution to send back the teams because the committees had…

PAC brands 2012/13 worst in public finance management

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has described the 2012/13 fiscal year as marred by laxity and lawlessness in the management of public finances. In an interview after completing reviewing the National Audit Office (NAO) audit queries for the said financial year with various government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), the committee’s chairperson Alekeni Menyani noted…

Members of Parliament caught in  allowance scam

  Parliament Secretariat has been embroiled in financial mismanagement with an audit query for the year ended June 2013 showing that some legislators were paid allowances for business not undertaken and others claimed double allowances, among others. Members of Parliament (MPs) under the Public Accounts Committee have since expressed concern over misallocation of funds and…

EU pushes for electoral reforms

The European Union (EU) has stressed the need for Malawi to spearhead electoral reforms by tabling the Electoral Reforms Bill in Parliament to maintain stakeholder confidence in the electoral system. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe at the end of its mission in Malawi yesterday, the EU Election Follow-up Mission (EU-EFM), which followed up on recommendations made…

Ministry of Health riles PAC on audits, thrown out

  The interaction between Parliament’s Public Accounts Committeee (PAC) and Ministry of Health (MoH) officials ended prematurely yesterday after the committee expressed reservations with a sentiment by the ministry’s controlling officer. The committee sent back the MoH team for a “fact finding mission” following MoH Principal Secretary Dr. Dan Namarika’s statement that the Auditor General…

PAC blames plunder on political appointees

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has blamed political appointees in various government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as main culprits in major financial mismanagement reports. PAC vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua made the assertion at Parliament Building in Lilongwe yesterday when officials from the Office of the Vice-President appeared before the committee to answer audit queries…

Commission dates MPs  on biotechnology

  The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) has said it is high time the country embraced biotechnology to achieve food security. NCST director of finance and administration Pongolani Msakambewa said this yesterday after officially opening a Parliamentary Women’s Caucus sensitisation meeting on biotechnology and biosafety in Lilongwe. He said the use of biotechnology…

Home Affairs fails to explain uniforms purchase

  The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament yesterday sent back officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security for failing to explain exorbitant prices used to purchase uniforms rated of poor quality. The committee said government lost about K5 billion in the procurement process during the financial year ending June 2013. The ministry’s…

Ministry caught in illegal spending

  The Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has confirmed spending millions of public funds without the authority of Treasury. Briefing Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on the Auditor General’s report on the accounts of government for the year ended June 30 2013 in Lilongwe yesterday, the ministry’s Principal Secretary Samuel Madula said as controlling…

MPs seek inquiry on embassy funds abuse

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for a public inquiry on the alleged embezzlement of money at the Malawi chancery in Nairobi, Kenya where an audit has shown billions of kwacha were spent without supporting documents. The committee made the call after noting that there were unexplained expenditures at the chancery, according to…