Outdated energy laws affecting Mera functions

  Gaps in current laws governing the energy sector are said to be restricting Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) in carrying out its functions well, which includes regulating the filling station business. Parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee members asked Mera when it appeared before the committee on Friday to discuss Mera’s 2016/17 performance report and…

Serious audit needed at Ministry of Health—PAC

Parliamentary Public Affairs Committee (PAC) chairperson Alekeni Menyani has said issues of maladministration at the Ministry of Health can only stop if a serious performance audit takes place there. Speaking after meeting officials from the ministry over the 2013/14 Auditor General’s report on Wednesday evening, Menyani noted that the ministry lacks professionals who can do…

Admarc a tool for money laundering—PAC

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has branded the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) as a cash cow for public officials, used to launder and siphon money with impunity. PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said in an interview that billions of money have been lost at the institution with nobody showing willingness to follow up…

PAC warns ministries on ghost workers

Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Alekeni Menyani has said government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) should stop hiding behind systems failures of Integrated Financial Management Systems (Ifmis) in shielding ghost workers. Menyani said this in an interview yesterday after meeting officials from Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development at Parliament building to…

Secretary says delinking ministries affecting record keeping

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism acting Principal Secretary (PS) Elsie Tembo says the delinking and dissolution of ministries is one of the major problems affecting record keeping in the public sector. In an interview on Friday after meeting Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over the Auditor General’s reports for the financial years 2013/14 and…

PAC for carbon dating  machines to verify documents

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua has said the country needs a carbon dating machine to authenticate documents presented for audit in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). For two months now, PAC has been meeting officials from various MDAs to explain audit queries in the Auditor General’s reports from 2013/14 financial year…

Nasfam fears debt might choke economy

  The National Association of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi (Nasfam) has expressed fear with the country’s high debt levels, saying they are a threat to the agriculture sector, the economy’s backbone. Currently, the country is reported to have local and external debts in the region of K2.4 trillion, a figure which grows each passing year.…

Audit exposes more rot

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) scrutiny of Malawi Government financial reports for 2014/15 yesterday exposed more rot, pointing to abuse of public funds for officers’ personal gains. During a review of audit queries for the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs for 2014/15 financial year, the first year of President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic…

PAC fears more public funds abused

  Revelations that about K260.7 billion in public funds could not be accounted for in the 2013/14 financial year have prompted Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to suspect that more money than previously disclosed in audits was stolen. Members of PAC expressed their concern in Lilongwe after meeting a team from the Ministry of Finance,…

NSO needs K9 billion more for 2018 census

  The National Statistical Office (NSO) says it needs an additional K9 billion for it to effectively conduct the September 2018 Population and Housing Census (PHC). Parliament approved K21.3 billion for the exercise, according to NSO commissioner Mercy Kanyuka. She said NSO has asked for additional funds because donors who promised to give them tablets…

Egenco outlines power generation challenges

  Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has outlined power production challenges, saying its generation capacity will continue to be negatively affected until water levels in Lake Malawi and its outlet Shire River improve. Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya told members of Parliament’s  Committee on Government  Assurances and Public Service Reforms in Lilongwe yesterday that the…

MPs describe Ovop as a flop, fraud channel

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has described the One Village One Product (Ovop) project a failure and potential fraud channel that has benefitted individuals more than the country. Members raised their concerns yesterday in Lilongwe during a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism over the 2013/14 Auditor General’s Report.…

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…