Malawi to refund World Bank ‘mismanaged’ K43 million

Malawi government is at risk of refunding the World Bank money amounting to K43 Million which is reported to have been mismanaged.

Msowoya: Malawi to pay back

Msowoya: Malawi to pay back

World Bank provided the Malawi government with the funding for the purpose of carrying out Public Works Programmes in two districts of Dowa and Phalombe.

While confirming the fears of paying back the money, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development spokesperson Nations Msowoya told Weekend Nation that the Bank is yet to officially raise the demand.

“The World Bank is yet to officially raise the demand for the refund but it was raised at the programme’s coordination level that we will have to repay. It’s an automatic query. We had a deadline of 31 October to provide the missing supporting documentation through the councils that we have failed to do and we now have to refund the money as agreed,” Msowoya is quoted as saying.

He was however non-committal to comment on whether the money was stolen or not since some of the necessary documents are still missing.

“We do not have any evidence at the moment that the funds were stolen or not. The query came in first because we did not submit documentation showing how the money was used either receipts or documents, indicating that people who worked under the public works programme were paid through signed payment sheets. Now we have passed the deadline in which our colleagues requested us to submit the information we demanded” said Msowoya.

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has since described the development as unfortunate and worrisome.

He said the situation the government is in at the moment is not supposed to waste any resources.

Meanwhile, a commission of inquiry is to be set to investigate the matter.

This comes at a time the Malawi government is trying to win back donor confidence and trust which was lost following the plundering of government resources at the Capital Hill in the famous cash gate scandal.

Billions of Kwachas were squandered and some of the people involved are currently answering charges of theft and money laundering.

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19 thoughts on “Malawi to refund World Bank ‘mismanaged’ K43 million”

  1. Old APM says:

    Koma amalawi, why did you chose such people for government positions. Mbava zachabechabe. You had a clean candidate in the name of Dr. Chaklwera and yet you went ahead to chose the thief for the presidency. Shame.

  2. mdzukuru says:

    too bad

  3. Gada says:

    This is great news. The world body is making sure the money they provide is going where it is supposed to go. This country is full of corrupt people and I do hope we do not just refund the money without questioning where it went. We seriously need a coup in this country that is the only way we can clean the corruption that has infected our society

  4. Gogo chalo says:

    Malawi will never prosper. That z why many projects are unfinished(kusolola 2 much). Education system is a mess. Kwachuluka magogo, kulephera kulipira aphunzitsi ka change kawo. Ma building a xul ndi ochepa malo ambiri..! Munthu kumatha 8months axanalandire, ameneyo angagwire ntchito molimbikira. Ndicifukwa cake maphunziro akulowa panxi…

  5. Moses says:

    Anthu muli ndi mipando mu Boma, you are disgrace. Why are you bringing such shame to Malawi?

  6. Onyema says:

    Malawi is a very funny country most of our projects are useless. MASAF has always been a disaster if you look at the wuality of houses bridges schools etc. Do the whotes think we dont deserve proper buildings? We use money borrowed to put up substandard buildings devoid aesthics.

  7. sidington mhone says:

    its very painful especially to poor tax payers. What has bewished we Malawians?A very fund we misappropriate.Cry for my beloved motherland.

  8. Koma ndiye says:

    I have one question, when will this end?

    Ayi Bodza apa nde Amalawi tawonjeza. Mpakana kumabweza ko World Bank. This is the bank that is supposed to give us not the other way round. So if you say the government is looking for the money to refund, does that mean they have given up on looking at where this large amount of money went? This is not a needle in a field, kuti singano yasowa. Ayi bodza, ndalama ibwezeledwe.

  9. kadamanja says:

    Now its the innocent people will suffer thru Tax. If the money was stolen, the one who stole should pay back please.

  10. What do you expect if instead of solving the problem, when those who are responisible are transfering the problem. The main culprit in Dowa was transfered to Dedza kuti akabakulenso. I understand ku Dedzako akubakuladi with the aid of finance offucers who says does not care. handling of these issues leave us thinkung that ndarama zaboma zaphweka.Send private auditors to Dedza and see bomba lomwe liphulikeko unlike sending NAO auditors who are always bought by allowances. Ku dedza kuli another cashgate. Mudzakhumudwa kwambiri but nobody cares

  11. Binton says:

    Bad! what is the side of the story from the controlling officer(DC) for Dowa? a media find out? ndingomva one side of the story. I can judge well if i hear the otherside.

  12. johns chiloza says:

    What do you expect if instead of solving the problem, govt is transfering the problem. The main culprit in Dowa was transfered to Dedza kuti akabakulenso. I understand ku Dedzako akubakuladi with the aid of an incopetent dof who says does not care. Govts handling of these issues leavex us thinkung that ndarama zaboma zaphweka.Send private auditors to Dedza and see bomba lomwe liphulikeko unlike sending NAO auditors who are always bought by allowances. Ku dedza kuli another cashgate. Mudzakhumudwa kwambiri but nobody seems to care.

  13. Livulezi river says:

    At least the World bank is right to demand it’s mismanaged money, not these other donors who are just making noise about the cash gate monies as if the money belonged to them in the first place. Cash gate money was not from the donors but rather direct from Account No 1 which to my understanding is from Malawians taxes. If our foolish donors had a human heart, they would still continue giving us the aid while on the hand our govt continue with the cases at hand in our courts. But they seem to have no money to give us and just found a scape goat with this cash gate!! Stealing is bad but these Foolish donors are worse!!!

    1. MMALAWI says:

      Big idiot. If you can’t take care of your resources why should they entrust you with their tax payers funds. The donors are saying clean up your house then we can assist you. Is that too much to demand? We have thieves at all levels of government from the President down to the cleaner!

  14. titani says:

    Zibwezedwe and the culprits to face long arm of the law,eish some of the officials passed away.Timakhala limodzi ku mayadi

  15. Muchizi John says:

    I personally do not believe government has the capacity to control financial mismanagement in public sector. There is just too much mediocrity and absence of internal controls in the financial systems. The “I don’t care approach…….chuma cha masiye” in management of government resources compounds the situation. The MK43 million was practically stolen but nobody will be brought to book. The reason is simple chuma cha masiye. A lot of civil servants own property that comes out such mismanagement of public funds. It beats my intelligence how a caring government can fail to make its employees account for the wealth that cannot be supported by their official earnings. You see a junior officer driving a state of the art vehicle with no known sources of income and you just give it a blind eye. What kind of a system is this. I think in the medium to long term government should consider contracting private sector to manage donor sponsored projects because the money that is lost through public sector”I don’t care attitude” far outpace what we would pay a private sector organization managing a public project. Try it and find out how much money will be saved

  16. joseph banda says:

    You can you please write some of the sensible stories. We readers are not Zombies. Tell us when this happened. Is it in Bm, BWM, JB or APMs administration. Is this not part of that KUPAKULA KWA MAKHOBILI A MALAWI?

  17. Shepherrd says:

    Ku Dowa ndiku Phalombe kulibe project iliyonse yokwanira even half ya ndalama zimenezo. Mubwezeee! Koma ndiye zavuta. Muisolver.

  18. Mondokwa says:

    A nation of thieves, only foolish person would take his hard earned money and put it in the hands of Governement of Malawi.

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