Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday surprised Malawi Electoral Commissioners when he dressed them down over mismanagement of K1.6 billion at the pollster.
Mutharika, who did not mince words during the audience with the commissioners over the mismanagement of the money, said the pollster needs to be transparent over the way it deals with the matter to restore public confidence.
“It is important that independence and accountability go hand in hand,” said Mutharika.
He said it was imperative that men and women who have final say in a national election should not have “questioned credibility.”
This is the first time that the President has commented on the issue since auditors raised the issue.
The audit report had accused MEC commissioners and staff of pocketing allowances and not undertaking the trips.
Maxon Mbendera, chairman of MEC maintained there was no mismanagement of money at MEC as raised by auditors.
He said MEC responded to each and every query raised by the auditors and the responses are on MEC website- www.mec.org.mw