Chakwera cracks whip on Covid-19 funds abuse, signals forensic audit: Fires Phuka, Dodma commissioner, all cluster heads

President Lazarus Chakwera on Sunday  took a strong stance against maladministration of  fund on the Covid-19 pandemic fight, firing Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Commissioner James Chiusiwa, appointing new co-chair of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and  suspending all cluster heads.

Chakwera: Cracks the whip and leaves the long arm of the law to deal with the culprits

This follows reports that K6.2 billion has been abused by some officials.

“As you recall last week, I gave the heads of clusters 48 hours to appear before the taskforce. Today I can report before you without  fear or favour that many clusters were poorly led. All clusters except one brought reports with evidence and had to be told to resubmit the reports. They showed negligence,” said Chakwera.

The President announced that all Cluster heads have been suspended immediately pending full forensic audit and full independent investigation by police.

He also said Dodma Commissioner James Chiusiwa has also been fired and that he will appoint the new Commissioner.

Co-Chairperson of the Taskforce John Phuka has also been relieved of  his responsibility and replaced by Chalamira Nkhoma as the new co-chair.

President Chakwera also said representatives of civil society organisations, Malawi Human Rights Commission and  graft-busting body Anti-Corruption Bureau will be added to the Taskforce and clusters to ensure that there is  accountability.

“I have made these decisions to address accountability lapses at the helm of all clusters, at the helm of DODMA, and at the helm of the Covid-19 Taskforce. However,

there remains the need to address alleged elements of criminal conduct by those who abused or misappropriated funds,” said Chakwera.

He disclosed that  there will be a full forensic audit on the Covid-19 funds which

the National Audit Office has already begun, and a full and independent investigation, which the Director of Public Prosecutions has requested the Malawi Police

Service to conduct as a matter of urgency.

Chakwera also said  says audit and criminal investigation will be done independently.

“As enshrined in the Constitution, these are matters for independent law enforcement agents and forensic auditors, who will do their work independently to pin down the culprit,” said the President.

He said those found to have committed crimes will be met with full arm of the law.

“Whether the independent audit and police investigation find the culprits of fraud, abuse, and misappropriation to be individuals at District Councils, or at DODMA, or at District Health Offices, they will be prosecuted accordingly, and I trust our independent Judiciary will do its part to mete out justice,” said Chakwera.

According to the President, the K6.2 billion was used as follows: K60 million on planning meetings; K535 million facilitating the return of Malawians from South Africa; K185 million on public awareness on media platforms; K580 million on border patrols (and) K72 million to support victims of gender-based violence during the pandemic with materials and cash transfers.

Dodma’s failure to account for the resources through giving Malawians a detailed account on how they have spent the resources have attracted wrath of citizens.

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chinyapulo pa msana pa mbusa wa ng'ombe
chinyapulo pa msana pa mbusa wa ng'ombe
5 months ago

Akamaliza kuthyapa onse nayenso alowemo amunyapule zingapo. Akatha alowemo a DUPPP Ndi chimulinjerni, ndi ena onse amene anakwera nawo ndalama za anthu osauka. You will be amazed that the villager who is poor, malnourished will not die from Crana virus. It is these fat bloated greasy pork eating sauges eating milk guzzling sugar eating fake leaders who will go first. But enjoy. Judgment time is coming.

wakubandi lazabubu
wakubandi lazabubu
5 months ago

Some of you are whores who hide under jesus and sit here and project your nasty spirit. Show your face. Probably ugly too and you lie that god made everyone beautiful

wakubandi lazabubu
wakubandi lazabubu
5 months ago

Akamaliza lashing the others. Let him also receive 10000 lashings for faketry, and lazarty and thievry. Why are we saying this. This mpopa ngoro came in like man of gawd, arent christians the love everyone preaches and turn your other ass cheek preaches. So after all of the crack down, let him, gospel, mkaka, kampondeni and all the people from bible college at pobox 1028 come forward and get a whipping too. Because most of you follow this man as if he is God himself, Hidding under fake aliaes and spewing hatred for lomwes and all this other things. So… Read more »

Nachithidzi
Nachithidzi
5 months ago

Ife tiri phee kuma stand.

Chifundo Ganizani
Chifundo Ganizani
5 months ago

Lets blame the amwenye for robbing us

APM and Zameer in K145 million Scam

M’Malawi ndi chitsiru kwambiri ndipo sitingatukuke if we continue with this negative mind. Njala, nthenda, nsanje za mu National Anthem sizingathe. Kamuzu woyipa. Bakili woyipa. Bingu woyipa. Joyce Banda woyipa. APM woyipa. Chakwera woyipa. Amene anatitha kutikhazika ngati anthuko ndi Kamuzu. We could work in the field and not rely on hand outs. You want Chakwera to be giving you money. Chakwera wants to manage your taxes prudently unlike mbava zapitazi.

Justice for all
Justice for all
5 months ago

Why leaving chiponda an fired she was the one in front of abusing this money chakwera pls be serious remove ur minister pls

mtete
mtete
5 months ago

The President should be rest assured that any action related to clamping down corruption will be fully supported by many Malawians because this is what they voted for. For as long as nothing is done to thieves and plunderers of taxpayers money, the country will find it tough to create a Youth Fund, promote Mega Farming, Create a million jobs, Improve Healthcare/Education systems and indeed other socioeconomic initiatives.

History
History
5 months ago

Musaiwale cash gate scandal zinalinso chonchi a pulezident kuuza mtundu was a Malawi kuti akuba onse amangidwa but the mess was too big to clear.

Zio ine
Zio ine
5 months ago

These are just scapegoats. The real thief is achiponda.

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