Malawi govt ministries unaudited for the past 3 years

Economic governance civil society organisations are raising eyebrows following the failure by the office of the Auditor General to audit government ministries and departments for the past three years.

Kubalasa: No wonder there are thieves in government

Spokesperson for the office of the Auditor General said the failure to audit government books was due to lack of money and capacity.

“But now we have funding from the World Bank and we shall be auditing the ministries and releasing reports of the audited ministries,” he said.

He said audited reports of 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 will be available by March or April this year, thanks to the World Bank funding.

However, this has not pleased Malawi Economic Justice Network executive director Dalitso Kubalasa.

“Every year, parliament passes a huge budget of K900 billion, K1 trillion yet the government is not able to audit how the money is used. No wonder there is rampant theft of government money in government,” he said.

He urged those in leadership to be serious with public money.

This comes amidst reports that the office of the auditor general itself cannot account for K200 million of public meant for 2013/14 financil year.

Malawi Congress Party spokesperson on finance Kusamba Dzonzi said the opposition will take up the matter when parliament meets for mid year financial review meeting from February 8.

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