Baker Tilly back in Malawi: Launches forensic audit into Blantyre Water Board

British Forensic Auditors Baker Tilly has moved in to carry out fraud and forensic services at Blantyre Water Board (BWB).

Auditor General Stephen Kamphasa and  Baker Tiilly's Mack-Sullivan:

Auditor General Stephen Kamphasa and Baker Tiilly’s Mack-Sullivan:

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has been probing BWB on allegations of abuse of office levelled against the board’s suspended chief executive (CE) Andrew Thawe and procurement irregularities at the board.

But the bureau is waiting the conclusion of Baker Tilly forensic audit before taking action, Nyasa Times understands.

The London-based Baker Tilly, who made an audit on the country’s infamous cashgate scandal, moved into BWB on September 29, 2015 contracted by European Investment Bank to carry out audit on investment projects and value for money in its procurement.

ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala has since refused to discuss specifics of the investigations being conducted in the two BWB issues as doing so may jeopardise the probe.

ACB launched investigations into the alleged procurement irregularities at BWB in October 2014 following an investigation report carried out by the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP), which alleged abuse of office.

While other countries are making strides, Malawi’s development remains stunted because money meant for development is being chewed by a few people dressed in the clothes of leaders.

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64 thoughts on “Baker Tilly back in Malawi: Launches forensic audit into Blantyre Water Board”

  1. Mlauzi says:

    I have it on authority from reliable sources in the civil service kuti kuba kumayambira ku National Audit Office ko

  2. nkhoma says:

    Kenaka Escom

  3. Afana aprocurement ku BWB Mr pulen samacheza pa malo, anatigulira ma mini bus ku post office akuti tizinyamula matola. Koma mulimba!!!

  4. Peter says:

    This exposing Malawi even more. Then lets forget donor aid poor invited neo colonialism

  5. Kupusa kwa a Malawi

  6. Douglas Ndindi says:

    I need to be educated please. Is the mandate of the National Audit Office to a
    udit or to hire auditors? If it is staffed with professionals, what’s their profession? One British professor at Polytechnic once said in 1982, ”African countries become independent so that they can be more dependent”. Now I see what he meant. If you don’t, that’s your problem.

  7. Joyce Hildah Banda says:

    I am surprised why we trust descendants of thugs to audit our books. Britain stole our wealth and killed our animals. Whether you call them Baker Tilly or Bakha Tilye. I don’t trust this mafia. Their report on cashgate is still contested. Bullshit

  8. Chatty Man says:

    Mukatha mupitenso ku MEC

  9. Wethaa says:

    ma auditors abwere azamve kuti mkuluyu wasosola ma (b) million angati a BWB. zinakahala zotheka adzalembe mu report mwawo kuti Mkuluyu wathetsa mabanja angati a azimayi ogwira ku water board.

    timadabwatu kalikiliki kumanga nyumba mwa kamezamu, mma galasimu, mu chitawiramu, amayi aang’ono mu mpingwemu.

    No need for Betetile to come. i can audit BWB in 2 days and corner this suspended CEO on at least on 13 counts

    BWB member of staff

  10. Tili Chenene says:

    That is Malawi. Just like in education, MANEB is there phwiiiii yet people pay in £ for exams to UK based exams. Look at these funny universities that confer degrees, diplomas, PhDs, certificates etc on even JCE holders and pastors without congregations! So even to audit our own water boards we need a foreigner???

  11. tonde wa mbuzi says:

    PVHO please.

  12. Chauvinal Economists says:

    MRA ikufunika apiteko basi, not only audit financials but all business processes including recruitment

  13. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Audit National Water Development Programme, Shire River Basin Management Program, and all projects in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. Especially from Irrigation and Water Development Department.

  14. ZAMADUNGA PAUL says:





  15. i miss kamuzu says:

    there’s no choice but to use these external auditors because the aid money we are stealing is from england/america/japan.

    do you think these donors we’re robbing can trust malawian auditors to audit their friends, relatives, partners in theft, paymasters, bige-biges, concubines and homeboys?

    anyway, tanzania 2, malawi 0…

  16. i miss kamuzu says:

    there’s no choice but to use these external auditors because the aid money we are stealing is from england/america/japan.

    do you think these donors we’re robbing can trust malawian auditors to audit their friends, relatives, partners in theft, paymasters, bige-biges, concubines and homeboys?

    anyway, tanzania 2, malawi 0.

  17. Good Citizen says:

    Do you mean National Audit Office cannot audit BWB?

    We are paying them in pounds thereby draining our forex for nothing

  18. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Za ku Southern Bottlers zija zinathera m’malere – aziba poti sima Statutory Corporations eti? Ku Stastical Office anasiya kuba? Agulagula manyumba, kumanga ma Office Block Complex, maminibus – ogwira ntchito m’boma????? Malawi wawola basi. Ndechifukwa timasankha mbava cholinga tizingoba basi.

  19. nachisale says:

    These are the people that are draining our forex. They pretend to be helping us but they are actually defrauding our country. The west claims to gives us aid but it is taken back through such people. Why can’t local auditors do this? In fact, when the report comes out, what happens? NOTHING. Please send Tilly away – these are organised thieves.

  20. ndadabwa says:

    koma munthu wakuba ndi wakuba basi. Peter Mutharika wamuitananso Billy kuti he should charge exorbitantly kuti akagawane ndalamazo boma likalipira. Koma able Mulungu watisiyiranji a Malawi

  21. wamkulu says:

    This biker tilly thing sucks… tell me the auditors in this country can not be accounted for that?

  22. Masoambeta says:

    There is no meaning of this audit if it is kept secret as they all did last time.

  23. AYAYA says:

    And EScom please Mr auditor

  24. Jones kanyundo says:

    Corruption is almost talk of day.I think the problem is coming from the roots.If to totally end these practices the cleanup must uproot the tree with its roots.Dont waste time by prunning the branches,it will grow again.The President himself is corrupt imagine selling MSB,buying houses at a very cheap price,lying about bank accounts why sweeping outside while inside the house is dirty?

  25. thako la mmwenye says:

    Chonde pitaninso ku ESCOM kumeneku ndiye mukamanga aliyense.

    Baker Tilly ikamapita ku ESCOM mutulusiletu ma vacancy ama position onse bcz every body from cleaner to CEO at this parastatal is a thieve

  26. innocent says:

    please baker,after BWB go straight to traffic department.

  27. Mzee says:

    The most stupid Auditor General in the history of Malawi is Kamphasa. We dont need Baker Ujeni to audit water board. What type of auditors do we have in MW if an institution like BWB cant be audited by Malawians. Which other country in the world has sunk so low? Surely we cant perform these audits? We need proper leaders not the JB type who thoughts the British can do a better job when British public servants are busy stealing from their treasury. Its embarassing to be a Malawian where leaders are educated but not intellectuals. Kamphasa’s caliber is that of a primary school kid.

  28. johnmasanza says:

    Good move baker Tilly go deeper n clear out all rubits from BwB n let all greedy bosses exposed.We hv lost hope in their services and from there pls go to Escom

  29. benjnes says:


  30. sangomaaa says:

    The west donates to arrests the big brains in Africa…wake up guys. .we r draining the human resource in prison

  31. che msumbo in rsa says:

    Audit the muthalika’s first then tu the parastatals thats the way tu go

  32. READ BETWEEN LINES…..! Baker Tilly has been CONTRACTED BY EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK to carry audit on INVESTMENT PROJECTS and value for money in it PROCUREMENT>>!……So who is going to foot the bill for the AUDIT here ??????…..Awaaaah!

  33. Ha, Malawi Hospitals nvo drugs says:

    From there Baker Tilly is Heading to MEC.

  34. The real ujeni says:

    After BWB, please audit Press Corp and Matthews Chikaonda. Too many politically appointed are abusing funds

  35. thinktankmalawi says:

    Forensic…forensic while corruption is going on in this administration…giving tenders to asians and getting kickbacks…ACB knows this…they will wait when they are out of investigate

  36. mtumbuka1 says:

    How many investigations have the Baker Tilly conducted before and how many people have been arrested as a result of their findings?? Waste of time and resources.

  37. yolamu sefasi says:

    Tisamangofu azungu kuti adzatiuze zowo pankhani yowonongedwa kwa chuma ndizinthu zathu.where’re u ACB?mulindivuto

  38. Jimbo says:

    Looks like Malawi is riddled with corruption. Only outsiders will be able to get to the truth. The DPP government and APM must know that it is just a matter of time before they are shown to be at the root of the corruption. The sword of Damocles hangs over them. Watch out guys, your time will come soon enough and then poor Malawians will be able to spit in your faces for a change.

  39. jika Limula says:

    Mr Thawe God will be with u osadanda

  40. ZAMADUNGA PAUL says:




  41. Mbiri says:

    Do you still trust this ‘mickey mouse’ audit firm called Baker Tilly after its flimsy report on Malawi cashgate? That report has just too many flaws not befitting a reputable audit firm.. it implicated people based on hearsay and LinkedIn profiles which were not authenticated!! Do they for instance know how many John Bandas we have here in Malawi? Their report watered-down attempts to prosecute genuine cashgaters by including people who are not involved. These are serious clowns and whoever is hiring them will be held accountable.

  42. Mwana Mulanje says:

    When you are done with BWB, ESCOM & MEC, start on the KM577bn that Daniel Phiri, Mr Ibu and others looted from state coffers!

  43. mulopwana says:

    but why hiring these white people when we have on payroll National Audit Office.these guys amangodya misonkho yathu koma osagwira ntchito.what do they do, ?

  44. Chikopa says:

    Fellow readers please note that Baker Tilly are here because they have been hired by European Investment Bank (EIB) and not Malawi Government. Chonde mudzimvetsetsa.

  45. edkungs says:

    WHY Baker Tilly, Malawi after 50 you mean you don’t believe in work done by locals. We have Deloitte, KPMG, PWC, AM Global the list is long. Qualified people, CISA, CFE, CIA, CFA, ACA. Why Malawi Why.

  46. wachiona ndani? says:

    Baker Tilly should not go back without Auditing the Bingu/Peter Mutharika CASHGATE. THey should Audit from 2005. I will personally pay for the Audit being a tax payer.

  47. Vincent says:

    These guys are just useless and worthless. What happened to their half baked report of cashgate? Don’t fool us please!!!!

  48. Trevor Manyi says:

    Osaiwala 577 BILLION ija

  49. Mphichi says:

    From water board please go strait to E.S.C.OM.

  50. His Excellency the Life President Wolemekezeka Mkango Lion Chivomorezi Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    Why wasting money we need the National Audit of Malawi to carry out investigations. strengthen the National Audit and stop importing these bullshit guys

  51. i miss kamuzu says:

    at last, blantyre water bandits awunikidwe. mwezi uliwonse bill ya 20 pin? madzi abwele, asabwele 20 pin yomweyo basi? ufiti chani. ndiye mutanino agalu inu poti nzungu salodzeka?

  52. diana says:

    consumers should be careful of bloated bills. I heard from an old employee that when auditors come through, finance people usually say most money is still with customers that havent paid their bills.

  53. nobel says:

    So everything in Malawi is corrupt? Baker Tilly will soon be hired to audit even our household expenditures. Where is ACB in Malawi, where the much touted Khondowe of ACB? Poor Malawi!!!!

  54. Only Democrat Left says:

    This is Mutharika’s tactics to prove to donors that his government is taking decisive action to curb corruption. However Mutharika must be made aware that Malawians and donors are waiting for Mutharika himsel to bring back the billions that his brother Bingu and he stole. Ask yourselves why has Mutharika never made known why donors are withholding aid. It’s because donors want him to repay the stolen money to government.

  55. Peter27 says:

    Please once you are done with BWB, visit MEC too….

  56. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    This is the way to go… All rotten heads should see the reality of things… Corporate Governance should be in practice and not a jargon to decorate our speeches. ESCOM watch out!!

  57. Concerned Malawian says:

    tangomanangani BWB yonse

  58. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Welcome back. What happened and by who?

    Next audit will be at MEC. They have chewed donor’s money

  59. Yaya kumudzi says:


  60. Mnunkhaludzu says:

    The government is hiring Baker Tilly to audit BWB while a big issue of 577 billion Kwacha is accumulating dust in the shelves at Capitol Hill. “Targeting Smaller Fishes in Anti-Corruption Drive – The Case of Justice in Malawi”.

    1. lim says:

      this level of dumbness is amazing. its the European Investment Bank (EIB) and not govt hiring Baker Tilly. this broke and corrupt govt cant hire auditors!

  61. Faith says:

    Kodi ma oditazi athuwa sangathe. kubwera kwa auknjaku sikupitiliza kuwononga ndalama? Tandithaniza ma oditazinu. zikundikumbutsa that article by Patrick Achitabwino “The irony what Malawi have” 50yrs koma zoona tilibe ma oditazi, kuti tifufuze alipo. But why?

  62. lk says:

    These baker tiilly’s guys don’t joke, ask me, ndaona ma auditors ine koma awawa ndi afiti achizungu eeish ndilibe nawo mau , wina zimuonekera kumeneko mungolimba mtima.

  63. Charombanthu says:

    Pitaninso ku MEC inu. Kuli nyansi kumeneko…

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