Typical of all audits, PricewaterHouseCoopers report has figures, graphs and pie charts to aid our understanding of how much we have once again been screwed of our tax money.
When all is calculated, K577 billion cannot be accounted for in the national treasury.
The figure has been arrived at after an analysis of 1,788,295 bank statements detailing payments between January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2014 which were then matched against the total number of payment entries in the cashbook which was 1007075.
This comes down to 781,220 entries not being accounted for representing the loss of a cool K577 billion.
Any Malawian who does not get angry with this should know that there is something wrong with them.
I have said this on many occasions and I will say it again.
This country can balance its budget and do away with the overly patronising donors who think they can come here and lecture us on everything as if we were their children.
This country can develop using locally generated resources and deliver quality social services to our people.
But there is just one problem and it is the heartless thieves in government.
It starts with the politicians who go into government with only one thing in mind which is to enrich themselves, their cronies and family. And then there are technocrats who follow closely what the politicians in government are doing and they too get their own cut from the deals.
Simply put, there is wanton theft of our tax in government even right now.
I can even challenge that next year some donor can fund another audit of whichever period they want and the result would be the same: Loss of billions and the figure will keep rising.
Yet this present report is very suspicious. Let us also not forget that the DPP government never wanted Malawians to see it and the question that we must answer is why?
It has no names but just figures. It is clear that K577 billion was stolen but by who? The DPP said we can only know this after some 10 months following another audit. This one was funded by the Germany, who is going to bankroll this subsequent one?
The terms of reference for this were very clear to Malawians and it was that it will cover the time that the DPP was in power from 2009 to somewhere 2012. Did this change midstream to include the Joyce Banda administration through to December 2014? Why was that so?
Is it not curious that the PP is bearing the full brunt in that the report says out of K577 billion, K350 billion was lost under the watch of Joyce Banda?
The Baker Tilly report funded by the British government covered the Joyce Banda period. Why the duplication? Now which report should Malawians believe? This one funded by the Germans or the initial one funded by the British?
This is all suspicious and the DPP government has a lot to explain to Malawians especially in view of the fact that they never wished Malawians to see any report but were coerced to release it because the opposition MP threatened to torpedo the budget which has just been passed in Parliament unless the document was made public.
Yet, we, Malawians must rise up and say boldly enough is enough. We cannot allow theft of hard-earned tax to continue unabated.
This country needs a revolution and now. We have been screwed long enough and it hurts.
- This article appeard in the Malawi News of June 27,2015 under the columb of ‘Hitting the Nail’