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,…

Mutharika breaks silence on bloodsuckers

President Peter Mutharika has broken his silence on the issue of bloodsuckers that has created tension and fear in affected areas, vowing to get to the bottom of the issue with visits to the affected Southern Region districts. The President’s sentiments on the issue that has seen some people killed on suspicion that they were…

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…

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…

Ministry adopts compliance unit to check abuse

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development says it is using a Compliance Unit in a bid to minimise and avoid cases of mismanagement of public resources. The ministry’s chief director Bright Kumwembe said this in Lilongwe yesterday when he led a team from his ministry to a meeting with Parliament’s Public Accounts…

Government u-turns on refugee re-allocation

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security Samuel Madula has said the ministry has rescinded its plans to transfer refugees from Dzaleka in Dowa to Katili in Karonga until further notice. He said government is carrying out assessment of the suitability of the new location to house refugees. Madula said this…

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…