Audit unearths rot at Ministry of Justice under DPP: Kamlepo says ‘lucky PAC don’t have powers to detain’

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua told officials of Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs that they were lucky the committe  has no powers to detain, they could have been nabbed following  revelations of abuse of public funds for officers’ wrongful enrichment.

Kamlepo: This plunder is sickening

Kalua was chairing a  review of audit queries of Malawi Government financial reports for 2014/15 , the first year of President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

He made the remarks after being stunned with observation that  an officer in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs claimed seven nights allowance for travelling from Lilongwe to Kasungu to deliver mail.

“How can one spend seven nights from Lilongwe to Kasungu, just to deliver mail?” wondered Kalua.

“What sort of transport were they using to justify this? Are we serious that travelling from Lilongwe to Kasungu can take one week?

“This is not on. You are lucky we [PAC] don’t have powers to detain you, but this is  sickening,” said Kalua.

Auditor General Stevenson Kamphasa agreed that the explanation on why an officer could spend a week delivering mail in Kasungu was not convincing.

This followed revelation of massive financial abuse, including  “unreasonable” payment of subsistence allowance  pegged at K2.5 million  and failure to provide for activity reports for subsistence allowance amounted to K1.8 million.

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs director of administration George Masinga, who represented the ministry’s controlling officer, apologised to PAC , saying the payment for K2.4 million was not produced during the time of the audit  “due to poor record keeping. ”

However, he said the ministry managed to trace the voucher and its supporting documents.

During the review, PAC observed  missing payment vouchers wooth K2.4 million.

The audit reveals that Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs exceeded budget lines with K25.4 million.

There have been more revelations of  plunder  in public funds  during scrutiny of the 2013/14 financial reports from the National Audit Office (NAO) and now PAC has started analysing expenditures for the 2014/15 financial year when President Mutharika and his DPP administration came to power.

The shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on the night of September 13 2013 is widely believed to have exposed revelations about the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill, widely known as Cashgate.

Former president Joyce Banda, who ascended to the presidency on April 7 2012 in line with constitutional order following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika, ordered a forensic audit which British firm RSM (formerly Baker Tilly) undertook covering a randomly chosen period of six months, between April and September 2013.

The RSM audit established that about K24 billion was siphoned from public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices and goods or services never rendered.

In 2015, a financial analysis report by audit and business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion in public funds could not be reconciled between 2009 and December 31 2014. The K577 billion figure was later revised downwards to K236 billion in another forensic audit.

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Gawa
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Thats the only thing I liked in the government of Peter the PAC is free to do its job

Alfred Minjo
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Tiye nayeni Kamlepoyo. Iye amayesa kuti sitidziwa. Musiyeni timuululenso…zayambika tsopano.

Hatton
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Hon. Kamlepo,
Why were you not issuing threats when the reports highlighting massive plunder of government resources under JB’s administration were being unearthed? Is it because you were a beneficiary of such plunder?
How about the K35 million you pocketed with Ben Mankhamba of Balaka for alleged maintenance of ADMARC house in Mudi? Would not that warrant your immediate arrest? For the first time please Hon. Kamlepo, respond.

nkhwiri inokwa
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amenewo ndiye amalawi kuba basi

Chiswa B
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STEALING IS A NORM IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, AND ITS THE ONLY BINDING FACTOR FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE SERVICE. IT DIDNT START WITH JB IT STARTED KALEKALE NTHAWI YAKAMUZU.

Mwale
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