Auditor General submits 54 more files to ACB on K236bn audit query

The office of the Auditor General has  confirmed that 54 more files has  been completed and passed on to the graft-busting body Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for investigations on the audit query of   K236 billion Cashgate, the country’s largest financial scandal suspected to have occurred between January 2009 and December 2014.

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A leaked list of names seen by Nyasa Times shows some companies are foreign and had no business links with Malawi government.

Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa could not explain why the said companies have been included in the files, saying they will be put under investigations by ACB.

He said his office had engaged a forensic audit firm to work on thefiles alongside his auditors.

The first 13 files passed on to ACB detailing payments  to 13 companies from the Malawi Police Services (MPS) and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) showed total of  K17.1 billion, representing about 20 percent of the figure the auditors are looking at.

Last March, the graft-busting body released names of five companies it cleared but ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said they were carrying “fresh investigations.”

Matemba said the 54 files came with “recommendations for further investigations or simply verification.”

He said the bureau will”endeavour to our wors diligently and professionally.”

The corruption-busting czar said names mentioned in the files will not be disclosed when investigations are underway.

Speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday when he presided over the launch of the National Security Policy, Mutharika  challenged the institutions investigating the matter to fast track and complete investigations.

Said Mutharika: “We are not doing this to please anybody but it is for the interest of the nation

Mutharika maintained that he will not give amnesty to anyone found  with any Cashgate wrongdoing.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has asked government to prosecute individuals who looted public resources in the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration while continuing with investigations into the 2012/13 Cashgate under the Joyce Banda administration of People’s Party (PP).

“Cashgate under the PP administration was as a result of porous financial management system that was put in place by the DPP-led government,” said Chakwera.

He asked authorities to bring to justice all those  who, in previous DPP and PP regimes, acquired property and riches illegally.

“We hope to see this (DPP) government pursue the cashgate scandal and bring culprits to book, “he said.

The Cashgate theft is the biggest financial scandal in the history of Malawi, which depends heavily on foreign aid.

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Mchape
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double sided knife and u r keeping other files under the bed agalu

DzukaniAmalawi
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DzukaniAmalawi

I have said this and I will say it again; people will not steal because the financial management system is porous or weak but because anthuwo ndi mbava by nature. In a country where its citizens or its leaders have morals and semblance of ethics, will more than likely not steal from their own people no matter how tempting it may be; there moral compass will not allow them to. Today, we are sitting with a country that has lost its values with its moral compass facing south. We have a political system that encourages unethical behaviour right from its… Read more »

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Amangwetu, who else can send public money to external companies apart from the ruling government gurus?? Secondly, every sane person knows that whatever APM has said, things like challenging ACB to fast track and complete investigations are not only mere empty rhetoric but also politics at its best. I mean why the president take two years to give such a directive/instruction? Consulting for two years or mumayamba mwaononga kaye maumbooni onse? Pano mwaona tsopano mwakwanitsa zimene mumafuna ndiye kumati…………………………………….! Za bodza komanso zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii These issues shall be tackled by the next government not the DPP because to the DPP sangamange… Read more »

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#DzukaniAmalawi

I have said this and I will say again; people will not steal because the financial management system are porous or weak but because anthuwo ndi mbava by nature. In a country where its inhabitants or leaders are moral and ethical will never steal from others no matter how tempting it may be just because there moral compass will not allow them to. Today, we are sitting with a country that has lost its values with its moral compass facing south. We have a political system that encourages unethical behaviour right from their respective elective conferences. A system that encourages… Read more »

Adada
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Adada

Total waste of time and resources ..put in place mechanisms to avoid further plunder mbwenu!

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