Out of 63 Ministry of Health officials who were implicated in the embezzlement of K2.5 billion donor money meant for HIV and Aids fight, only 38 remain as suspects, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.
An audit report by NAO revealed that the money was siphoned from the ministry’s accounts through various dubious means between 2013 and 2015.
The money was from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States of America.
Ministry of Health sent 63 officers on forced leave to pave the way for investigations into the misappropriated funds.
But Ministry of Health spokesman Adrian Chikumbe said the recent audit report shows the number of suspects had dropped from 63 to 38 “after a thorough review”.
Chikumbe also said the figure has also been reduced to K875.7 million from K2.5 billion.
The audit report, among others, implicated directors of finance, human resources and HIV in the ministry.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :