Audit faults Teveta board over K2.4billion saga

An audit which government commissioned to ascertain legalities in K2.4 billion  Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta)  saga faulted the board for quickly dismissing officials without substantiated informaton.

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TEVETA board suspended  Executive Director, Ndiwone Chauluka, Director of Finance, Elwin Sichola and Director of Training Modesto Gomani, from January 24 to February 23, 2017 for their alleged misappropriation of MK2.4 billion..

The National Audit Office (NAO) has  since cleared three TEVETA directors of any wrong doing.

But sources say the board has rejected the report, saying it  is not conclusive and they are asking for the auditors to start all over again.

In the report it is alleged that Nditsogolo Langa is not a bogus NGO because it is indeed a registered NGO under trustees incorporated act with full board of trustees.

The audit has revealed that the auditors even went to Ndi Tsogololanga offices in Lilongwe’s Area 25 where they discovered that the NGO is registered with Council for non Governmental organization.

During its board meeting which took place on 21 February, 2017, the board immediately reinstated Sichiola after finding that there was a memorandum of understanding between Teveta and Ndi Tsogololanga to implement the youths project in the area of Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe, Nsanje and Neno.

In the NAO summary report on the fraud dated February 21, 2017 which was made available to Nyasa Times, reveals that the three officials did not flout  the authority’s stipulated laws in funding Tsogolo Lanja Project.

The report observes that Teveta’s Director Chauluka was along the institution’s mandate to sign funds meant for the project and that the actual money the project acquired was MK150 million per activity based not the alleged MK2.4 billion.

NAO has disclosed that Tsogolo Langa Project was using Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in accessing funds per activity.

This is the reason the authority reinstated Director of Finance, Sichola back to his job leaving the two who don’t handle finances directly.

Tsogolo Langa Project’s Director Joyce Chitsulo refused to comment on the matter saying will react to the development after the said NAO furnishes the organization with the report.

The Labor, Sports and Manpower Development Minister Henry Mussa while acknowledging Sichola reinstatement disclosed that the ministry has not served with the report.

Mussa said the ministry will be happy to see the report as soon as it comes along for better explanation to the general public on the matter which has dented Teveta’s image.

Information which is now coming is that the board has taken the role of auditors.

“What is happening is very strange. The board members are now the ones moving up and down verifying information what is contained in the report. This is very strange. For example the board members recently visited Nditsogolo Langa offices to find out if it is true that the NGO is not bogus,” a source said.

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K150,000 million per training is on the higher side. Some Teveta officials might have received kick backs

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