Minister of Labour and man power Development, Henry Mussa, has exonorated himself from K577billion cashgate link after release of forensic audit conducted by RSM Risk Assurance LLP of the UK covering 2009 to 2014 .
Mussa was reacting to reports going viral in both print and electronic media alleging that seven cabinet Ministers are believed to have played part in the looting.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Mussa pleaded innocence, saying he was never involved in looting of public purse.
“It is a joke, and my conscious is clear that you may recall that I was not a cabinet minister from 2009 till 2011 when I bounced back as Minister of Local Government where I served for only 8 months and then Bingu (Wa Mutharika) died so that clearly shows that I was not part of the scheme,” said Mussa.
Mussa , who is also government chief whip in parliament, has been fingured to be one of the seven ministers said to be implicated in the 13 files of audit in the grand corruption.
He strongly denied the allegation.
“My only simple message to my political detractors is that they should go to hell and rot there,” he said.
The Auditor General (AG) as come under pressure to provide Parliament with concrete details other than the report by the United Kingdom forensic audit firm, RSM Risk Assurance LLP, which has been presented to the House, but only states that 50 case files have been submitted to criminal investigation bodies for action.
According to the report, the audit found that K83.5 billion of the K236 billion which could not be accounted for was paid to 44 companies from the sample of 50 which the auditors selected to analyse.
The audit also found that billions were lost in overpayment of goods and services, duplicate payments and overpayment on shipping to wrong locations.
The criminal activities were particularly rife in the country’s security arms, Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) where contracts were awarded to businesses controlled by one individual.
Initially, the amount suspected to have not been accounted for was pegged at K577 billion, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) data analysis released in May 2015.
However, the forensic audit established, through its testing of the system and controls, that the unreconciled funds could be in the region of K236 billion.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :