AG to submit cashgate report to Malawi Parliament Feb 18

Auditor General of Malawi, Stephenson Kamphasa, will on February 18, 2014 officially submit the Forensic Audit Report covering a period of six months, April 1 to September 30, 2013 to Parliament in Lilongwe through the Minister of Finance.

National Audit office in Lilongwe annoucned this on Wednesday.

This is in line with the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi Section 184 which states that the AuditorGeneral does submit his reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.

The Auditor General also confirms that the team of International Forensic Auditors are winding up the audit process prior to the presentation of the report.

“These Forensic Audit experts were working with the Office of the Auditor General in investigating the incidents surrounding loss of public finances in the Central Payment System,” said NAO spokesman Thomas Chafunya.

Kamphasa: Auditor General to submit report on February 18
Kamphasa: Auditor General to submit report on February 18

“The process was complex and required thorough investigation, analysis and documentation of data andinformation that was received. The team of experts also required considerable time to uphold quality controlsprocedures which are very crucial in auditing profession. All these steps have been duly followed leadingto a report as expected by all stakeholders.”

Thi comes after Civil Society Grand Coalition Governance on Tuesday appealed to government to honour its word of releasing the forensic audit report without failure by Friday.

Leader of the grouping, Voice Mhone, stressed that delayed release of the forensic audit report whose summary was sent to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is alienation of Malawians.

Apart from calling on President Joyce Banda to convene Parliament before February 24 2014 to discuss the report, the coalition also raised concern about the slow pace of the cashgate cases despite assurances that there will be special measures to speed up the cases.

Leader of the House Henry Phoya has indicated that Parliament will only be convened in April due to lack of funds.

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