DPP, CSOs want Kachali’s statement adopted

The Grand Coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have queried why the statement Vice-President Khumbo Kachali made in Parliament on Monday will not be subjected to questions and adoption by the House. Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda on Wednesday ruled that the statement, which outlined actions government has…

PP only bought 3 cars—Kalinde

People’s Party (PP) director of political affairs Anita Kalinde yesterday challenged critics of the ruling party to check with Toyota Malawi the number of vehicles the party bought. She told Parliament that PP bought only three vehicles and that the rest of the fleet was donated by well-wishers. Kalinde was responding to information circulating in…

Assani warns private sector, MPs

Minister of Justice Fahad Assani yesterday warned the private sector, members of Parliament (MPs) and other politicians that investigations into the plunder of public resources will extend to them and all property acquired dubiously would be seized. Malawi Government, through Minister of Lands and Housing Henry Phoya, went further to accuse Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)…

VP refuses to resign

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali has said he will not resign as called by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Parliament. The Vice-President has also distanced himself from Cross Marketing Limited, a company which is alleged to have been fraudulently paid millions of kwacha from government coffers. Information in the public domain…

FIU officers living in fear

Recent revelations of theft of public funds and subsequent arrests of individuals in government and the private sector has put into the limelight the work of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) which has since asked government for enhanced security for its officials and offices. Officials from FIU, led by acting director Atuweni-Tupochile Phiri, appeared before…

Ndilowe pleads for patience

Chief Secretary to the Government Hawa Ndilowe has pleaded with the nation to remain patient as more disclosures of financial mismanagement at Capital Hill come to light. Ndilowe appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday to answer queries into the porosity of the government payment software, the Integrated Financial Management Information System…

PAC grills Kandoje

Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday asked some senior officials at the Accountant General’s Department to step aside to pave the way for investigations which should be conducted by external auditors. The officials, led by the Accountant General David Kandoje, appeared before the committee yesterday in Lilongwe as part of investigations…

The National Audit Office is developing Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the British firm which will carry out a forensic audit of the government financial system. Auditor General Steven Kamphasa disclosed this when he and the Accountant General appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to explain how billions of taxpayers’ money have…

ACB contradicts JB on K400m case

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has distanced itself from President Joyce Banda’s claims that some “influential people” halted investigations into the fraud discovered in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Accountant General’s Department which resulted in the loss of K400 million. Responding to a questionnaire from The Nation on the matter, ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala…

IG says new crimes committee independent

Inspector General (IG) of Police Lot Dzonzi says the newly instituted Crimes Investigation Committee within the Malawi Police Service (MPS) is independent and will lead to more efficient operations and coordination of investigations into the fraud and corruption happening in the civil service. Dzonzi was responding to queries on the independence of the committee and…

Thugs target Cedep, steal office equipment

Malawi’s Centre for Development of People (Cedep) has become the latest victim of poor security in the country after thieves swept their offices clean of most equipment such as computers, printers, photocopiers and three brand new cameras dawn of Sunday. But Cedep executive director Gift Trapence said he would not jump to conclude that the break-in was linked to…

Britain flying in forensic auditors

Britain has become the first country to respond to calls for a comprehensive forensic audit of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) whose loopholes have been blamed for the loss of billions of kwacha through theft by public servants. A forensic audit is defined as an examination of an organisation or individual’s financial dealings,…

Cash-gate suspect denied bail

The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court yesterday denied bail to Llyod Banda who has been charged with obstructing the prosecution of justice for attempting to conceal payment vouchers amounting to K89 million. (US$245 179) His wife Martha Banda, an accountant at the Accountant General’s office, is a suspect in the ongoing fraud at Capital Hill and was…

PAC sends back CMST officials for expired drugs

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday sent back officials of the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) after they failed to satisfactorily respond to an audit query of a K1.1 billion (US$2.8 million) worth of medical supplies which were destroyed this past August. The officials comprised acting chief executive officer Fred Mzoma, director of…

Victim Support Unit impresses Mlambo-Ngcuka

The visiting United Nations Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka yesterday lauded the Police Victim Support Unit (VSU) system which empowers women and children to report cases of abuse in the family. Mlambo-Ngcuka is on her first official country visit since she was appointed to head the UN agency in August this year and has since…

US govt shutdown concerns embassy

As the United States (US) government entered day three of operating without a budget yesterday, its embassy in Malawi has expressed concern about the impact of the shutdown in the long run. But the embassy has assured Malawians that the shutdown would ‘generally’ not affect assistance Washington provides to Lilongwe in the areas of health,…