More rot emerges at Information Ministry

Barely a week after Nyasa Times unravelled a syndicate at Information Ministry that is ripping off government revenue by using government equipment for their personal benefit, fresh investigations show officers in the Technical Section of the ministry has been pocketing illegal allowances whenever they are carrying out their core duties.

Viola:, Director of Information : Department has more rot

Viola:, Director of Information : Department has more rot

Nyasa Times sources within the ministry has revealed that officers always demands hefty allowances from unsuspecting individuals and organizations who hire Public Address System from the ministry even in the event they have not travelled out of their duty station.

According to government regulations, officers claim subsistence allowances when they have travelled outside their duty station which is supposed to cater for their food and lodging and this is backed by a circular which is issued by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).

The practice is deeply ingrained so much so that even other government department and ministries pay allowances to these officers failing which they don’t work yet the same government pays their salaries for doing the work they were employed for.

“Officers from Technical Section of ministry of Information who mans the PA systems demands allowances from people who hire their equipment. They issue ordinary receipts and not the government General Receipt which ensures that money will go to government coffers,” the source said.

These allowances, said the source, are illegal because one is not supposed to claim when they are working within their duty stations, saying this has been happening even when officers within Lilongwe at places such Capital Hotel, Lilongwe Hotel which are a stone throw away from their place of work at Chief Kilipula Building.

Director of Information Gerald Viola confessed that he is aware of the syndicate that is ripping off government of its much needed revenue but was yet to summon the officers involved in the malpractice.

Further, revelations has it that the Film Unit in the ministry is also deeply involved in the malpractice of hiring out equipment like Video Cameras, Television sets etc and do not remit the revenue acquired to government coffers.

“This malpractice is not only limited to the Head Office in Lilongwe but is also spread out to all Regional, district Information that spread across the country. The revenue collected ends up in officer’s pocket instead of government Account No 1. The amount is very substantial and could have gone a long way in contributing to government revenue. Believe you me Information ministry is completely rotten,” bemoaned the source.

According to our source the Technical Section and the Film Unit of the Information ministry is indexed as one of the government departments which collects revenue for government whose proceeds go to Account No One, where all government revenue is kept.

 

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28 thoughts on “More rot emerges at Information Ministry”

  1. Namihavani says:

    Mundango Nyirenda ninkhani yayi iyi akulu ndiukhungu wachikhazikile uwu, panyake imwe wakamunolani ma allowance sono mwati muwatundule pa Nyasatimes pano, check how ma DCs plus anyamata a Accounts mmene akudyera makobiri a boma in the form of allowances yet they have not travelled. Its sad koma and ma journalist nanu you come ku ma meetings ndicholinga choti mulandire allowance even if ndinuyo mupange benefit newzo apo biiii simummaulutsa nyuzi shupits

  2. pepa says:

    Palibe nkhani apa ampatsa osesa pa office they are generally underfunded this is part of motivation otherwise onse athawa ena ndi magraduate palibe nkhani apa

  3. gobagoba says:

    I think most journalist are dull they dont know what they are writing for. what you should know is this each and every department has its own budget any activity which involve other depart they suppose to budget it and must include allowance such as lunch, payment for booking of the equipment which goes to acc no1 by issuing GR. allowances r paid separately and u can not issue GR as u cant wthdraw any amount from acc no 1. Mind u they cant offer free service to private organization at their cost while Gvt gets its entitlement. why do you sign allowances from NGO and GVT departments when attending press briefing @ COI while you are doing your job and within LL. if u have nothing just b quite coz it just show your foolishness.

  4. zandile says:

    Makito, we want this malpractice to end. It is people like you who are spoiling Malawi. Angulu inu kuzolowela kuba. Viola put in a system to ensure no one steals.

  5. chejali says:

    Odi ukoooooo

  6. bonya man says:

    Aliyense ngokuba Naye wapa
    Reception amaba internet tym pa computer yaku office,h/masters kuchititsa hire mipando,holo
    za sukulu,ndikachiwanda komwe kadakhadzikika m’mdzikoli

  7. Zonse izi zinayamba kale-kale, apa zango fipa mochedwa kuti ziziwike, komano osati ku information kokha ayi, palinso ma unduna ena nawo ali ndi ma plan awo, amatenga malawanse amatsiku 10 / 15 kuti akagwira ntchito ku Chitipa koma sapitako ayi, amatenga ndalama za ulele basi, chonse chonsecho abwana anamazi, koma pakuti nawo amatenga popo,sanena ayi. Fufuzani mumafile muzazipeza izi.

    GOD SAVE MALAWIANS AND LET CORRUPTION PERISH ON ITS OWN.

  8. makito says:

    This is not news. Even individual Nyasatimes journalists expect to be paid for the news. In other countries, media houses pay for the news. Stop writing as if you have ” discovered” something when everyone knows this is the system of a rotten cultured Malawi. Kapena it is Viola’s strategy?

  9. Tsikulokufanyani says:

    The internal control system in the government set collapsed long time ago. The Controlling OffIcers have turned into distructive officers. The question now is, who is controlling who? Malawi should expect hard times, especially the rural masses who have nowhere to steal. At least a mbomafe tiziba kalikonse kamene kapezeka until cashgate is sorted out and internal controls are back in place.

  10. Chigawenga says:

    Corruption is entry he’d in the entire system.fish rots from the head. If head of civil service is corrupt every one else will be. No ifs or buts about it. What I fail to understand how government of the day is failing to eradicate this cancerous culture which is ruining our chances to develop. We need to go back and evaluate what went wrong with our so called democracy. Is this what we wanted when we asked HKB to step down? Because if that is the case I would rather live with a benevolent dictator than a rotten bunch of thieves whose only interest is to clean the treasury.

  11. osaweta jj says:

    a nyasa times osajambula chithunzi china cha viola bwanji?

  12. Chamz says:

    There is kusolola paliponse here in Malawi. Even where the people are supposed to get the services free wina amafuna adyepo. With this tidzapiilira kumangosaukirabe.

  13. Enidziko says:

    Let us name and shame all of them including the one who drew allowances for writing grafitti on a police cell wall at Lumbadzi!

  14. Malawi have a long way to go. first thing to reform should be civil servants and the operations. otherwise the salaries in Government are non starter hence kusolora kwakula. what’s the use of NAO when these practices are done year in and year out. long live Malawi

  15. Mercy McLean says:

    EVEN YOU JOURNALISTS CLAIM ALLOWANCES WHEN COVERING FUNCTIONS IN YOUR CITIES YET (1) ITS YOUR JOB (2) YOU ARE GETTING NEWS AS ARTICLES IN YOUR NEWSPAPER WHICH YOU WILL SALE! YAK! So there is no sacred cow here, its all bonkazi!

  16. Wina says:

    This could be true but this is just a tip of the iceberg in Government Ministries. You are talking of meager allowances or PA hire, what is that considering what officers are stealing in Govt? Investigate all ministries and you will be shocked. The fight against corruption is a big one, the issues at Information Dept are just nothing, peanuts. This includes rot at State House, Police, Education, Agriculture etc.

  17. Angoni says:

    ZOnsezi ndi zoona. KOmano a boma atalowelelapo osangoti ma lip service all the time. Dziko lathi ndi losauka nkale koma ndalama zikutuluka osati dzibwana. Imagine mma embassys, kungopita ndi mwana ngakhale asali wako amayamba kulipila fees komanso ma school ake equivalent to st andrews, KA etc. Kodi simmayesa amayenela kulipila biological children ako amene ali under 21 komanso pakhale umboni woti anawo ndi ako. Ngati asali ako umayenela kutsata legal procedures ya adoption nde angathe kulipila. Pitani mma embassy mu mukaone wina wafika dzulodzuloli ndi chapaphewa koma anabweretsa ana 3 onsewo are being paid by govt. Anawo si ake koma sister and friend pamene eni anawo ali pa ntchito. Nde choncho misewu yathu ikonzedwa? nyumba za makono zimangidwa, ngati ndalama zikungodutsa choncho? Even the internatonal organisations, amalipila fees ya ana ngati ali ako and you produce evidence before they start paying. Malawi sitidzatukuka basi, zikateronso naye lutepo mphwiyo, mulemba kasambara pika dauka abeponso. Ovutika ndife anthu wamba.

  18. Dr Moo tha Leeker Chief Kwataist says:

    Ku Pesticides Control Board, kuli first class kuba ndalama za boma. They issue non government receipts when issuing licences. At the helm of all this is Tony Maulana. Amadziyendeseraso galimoto ya boma umakapangila uhule ndi mayi Tax (Msonkho) ndikututila mchenga umangila ma nyumba ake a personal. Musuzumile ku all departments. There is always sysmatic plunder of public resources. Ku works samalani tikuyankhulaniso mwapadela dera

  19. Kanyimbi says:

    Its time for civil service reform. The reform needs revelations like these. Well done Nyasatimes.

  20. Tilibemau says:

    At MBC TV its worse .In Lilongwe their chief who haa been promoted on political grounds is not moving to Mema studio office because of functions which dish out hefty allowances.Zina zamthumba.Do investigations.

  21. Patriot says:

    Za zi. Ufufuze kuti aja anakalemba ku lumbadzi aja analandira ma allowances angati?

  22. Journos says:

    All journalists even those from Nyasatimes also demand allowances even if the function is in Lilongwe, I dont know what is newsworth here.

  23. Piche Yakiti says:

    I cant blame these officers. Salaries are too low to sustain them kkkkkk

  24. hendrina says:

    it is not at the ministry hdqs only. This is also happening in District Information Offices. Kuba kwambiri using govt Public Address System. ACB must follow this issue up.

  25. Namulukunuwa says:

    Nanu anyasa Pali nkhani apa kodi Olo atolankhani a ku panga zomwezo up to the extent of telling you kuti article iyi situluka ngati simunyema tayambani inu kukhala ndi nkhalidwe

  26. Achimidzimidzi says:

    What about MANA reporters? Let’s go to another department. These investigations should be done in all government departments.Make sure you mention names of employees involved. We need to know these robbers by name.

    You don’t need to spare any person. Uncover and expose them all.

  27. Atotopitopi ali konko says:

    Its not only Ministry of Information check with MBC TV. Ndizokhazokhazi

  28. paulos banda says:

    Is not only them even operators and drivers from P.V.H.O. demand allowances even if they are working within their duty stations and normal working hours 7:30AM to 5PM .

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