Critics have question the credibility of the Baker Tilly forensic audit report containing names of companies and individuals who allegedly siphoned money from Malawi Government coffers which has revealed that a total of K24.2 billion was plundered within a period of six months from April to September 2014.
Many Malawians took it on social media and comments posted on Nyasa Times that the report looks to have been doctored by the current government.
Some Malawians in London queried Baker Tilly bombarding their offices with emails and phones to verify the authenticity of the report which Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu released to the media on Thursday.
In an email response to a query, Baker Tilly PR Manager Frank Shepherd wrote: “The report was prepared on behalf of the Malawi National Audit Office. All questions should be directed to them as they are the client and the report owner and we cannot breach client confidentiality.”
Justice Minister ruled out chances of the report having been doctored.
“Government has not tampered with the Baker Tilly report, it was received in PDF format and remains so,” said Tembenu.
He added: “Cashgate investigations are still in progress, forensic audit report has assisted us to do that.”
Lawmaker Roy Kachale also reacted furiously to the report which talked about his alleged affair with a cashgate suspect Laura Savala- a relationship he says has never existed between the two- saying the report is “malicious.”
Kachale, the son of former President Joyce Banda, in a statement on Friday, denying any wrongdoing, said: “I am a man of high standing in society and a devoted Catholic who can never do such a thing.”
He is seeking legal redress on the defamatory assertions.
An initial report by Baker Tilly released on February 21, 2014 but did not contain the names of the culprits showed that at least K13.6 billion was lost during the plunder.
The new report contains a list of 49 individuals who between them had a hand in siphoning almost K24.2 billion of public funds.
Some of the names revealed in the new report such as Oswald Lutepo, Stamford Mpoola and former Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara are already in court answering cases related to ‘cashgate’.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :