Malawi government has said it has switched on computer laboratory which is used for training of Ifmis [the Integrated Financial Management Information System] users after containing a a fire scare that affected the office late on Saturday evening.
Spokesman of Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Develeopment, Nations Msowoya, said the servers were shut down on the night of the fire scare as a “precautionary” measure to allow for proper inspections.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Accountant General’s office said will resume processing government payments from Monday.
According to the statement, the fire alarm was caused by overheating of fluorescent tubes.
:“There was a strong smell of burning plastics and smoke as a result of overheating of three fluorescent light tubes in the corridor on the ground floor of the eastern wing of the building,” read the statement in part.
“The overheating of the fluorescent tubes had the potential to cause fire, however, due to the vigilance and precaution taken by the security officers on duty to notify senior management and other stakeholders like Escom, police and the [Lilongwe] City Council helped to manage the situation and prevent fire break-out. The area that was affected by this incident is a corridor leading to the computer laboratory which is used for training of Ifmis [the Integrated Financial Management Information System] users throughout government.”
The office said they have embarked on a “comprehensive preventive maintainance program” to check on any faults in the building.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :