Chakwera says Covid-19 funds forensic audit to take a month:  DCs, others’ interdiction formalised

President Lazarus Chakwera has  said his order for the interdiction of some controlling officers, over accountability of K6.2 billion Covid-19 response funds  has been effected according to the law pending investigations.

Chakwera: Any public officers associated  with wrongdoing will be dealt with and face the law

Delivering his seventh televised National Address on the War on Covid-19 from Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Sunday, the President  said the forensic audit will take two phases.

“The interdictions pave way for an independent audit of  the K6.2 billion which was spent on our national  response to Covid-19 between September and December  last year.

“The audit itself will take about a month to  complete, as it involves two phases, the first of which  will focus on validation of the report from the Presidential Task Force, while the second will focus on  investigating how every kwacha was spent, by whom,  and whether the spending was lawful.”

Chakwera warned: “Upon completion  of the independent audit, any public officers associated  with wrongdoing will be dealt with and face the law.”

President chakwera said ge tasked Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Zangazanga Chikhosi to  consult with the Solicitor General (Reyneck Matemba), the Acting Auditor  General, and others to ensure that the letters of  interdiction to the cluster heads are “written in a  manner that is compliant with the law.”

The Malawi leader then  asked  SPC Chikosi, who flanked him, to confirm  as disclosed by State House that 10 principal secretaries (PSs), 28 district commissioners (DCs) and five chief executive officers (CEOs) of councils had been interdicted as directed.

“Your Excellency, I confirm. thank you Sir,” said Chikhosi in the televised address monitored by Nyasa Times on State-run MBC.

Pressure had been mounting on President Chakwera to prove how the millions set aside for planning and public awareness, facilitating the return of Malawians from South Africa, border patrols and supporting victims of gender-based violence was being spent.

Chakwera  removed Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) commissioner James Chiusiwa and Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 co-chairperson Dr John Phuka for purported technical slips.

Police also arrested 11 Officials at Dodma in connection with abuse of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds.

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Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
5 months ago

The People of Malawi have forgotten that your President CHAKWERA has been in the hands of Arabs and Mweyes? For your information,CHAkWERA has sold your country for Money.A good instance,is his wanton betrayal of his fellow Malawians for instance,the representation of Mia and his wife in the Parliament of the black people of Malawi and Africa.Chakwera removed R.Msowoya from the killer MCP in order to take Arabs into the National House of the the MALAWIAN People who fought for their liberation when Mia and his wife were nowhere to be seen.african people are brutally attacked in Arab countries because of… Read more »

Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
5 months ago

We in Diaspora are Totally astonished of the so-called Malawi leaders who have dragged our beloved Mother Malawi into unknown trend for their own well being.It is sad that we had seen and suffered brutally in the hands of the late satanic Hastings Banda who turned Malawi as his own country and yet he was a bastard.Malawians were ready to stand tall and build their splendid nation.The demise of satanic Mphonongo Banda,led Malawians to believe that the coming of new blood,will redeem their sufferings but it has not come that way and our people are now swimming in hot water.The… Read more »

Zio ine
Zio ine
5 months ago

Apart from feasting on allowances Gispel Kadzako is another thief who channelled K20m to his radio . This man is a silent thief and he has been pocketing allowances for his many useless trips

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
5 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

This is just a hate message. What you are saying totally untrue. He is not an allowance person as some of the Ministers. You will soon realise that the hearsay about Gospel pocketing allowances are total lies.

Justice for all
Justice for all
5 months ago

The problem of employing relatives and friends the president akuchota manyazi kuti alongotsole what is the real problem in his office and even he fail to fire his Minister’s like chiponda and information who pocketed huge allowances shame and he knows that things are bad let’s wait

John chidongo
5 months ago

Mwezi tikudikirabe.zotsatira mwationjeza mwatiyesa zitsiru ife aMalawi. Ndipo tikufuna mutiuzelmaina ao tili chitopere ndi kudikira.

Zex
Zex
5 months ago

Anyamata aku national audit atape kawiri tsopano. Maguy samaiva, apa alandila allowance ku national audit office komanso akalandila ina ku dodma

Cadet
Cadet
5 months ago

Interdict the army commander, the police inspector general, prison chief and plus the immigration chief.These are cluster heads within the Security Cluster

Assange WikiLeaks
5 months ago

Theft in government must stop and those who do not want to work in government must leave. We pay taxes for a purpose and that is development of the country and not self development. Those who want to get rich faster must start a business. This is stealing poor people’s money. I really do not know whether Bakili, Bingu, JB and APM really loved the country. Hell is waiting for them. You think of how many people died because of lack good hospitals and drugs. You think of people that have been killed on the poor roads of Malawi. You… Read more »

Jah
Jah
5 months ago

amwene musapite kutali pamene ndalama zikubedwa chakwera yo alipompo!!!

Umboni wa Mwana
Umboni wa Mwana
5 months ago

6.2 billion only? the lawyers lied to Chikhosi. Shame.

Zio ine
Zio ine
5 months ago

Thus all useless a d trusting the auditor general to do the audit is like aensing a thief to cash your cheque. The audit should have been done by private auditors not thieves from the auditor general’s office on the other part why us Chiponda being spared. The civid committee had 12 members or more but the issue of allowances only mentions Nankhumwa From what I gather Chiponda received over MK15m in allowances

John KenanI
John KenanI
5 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

It is true that we are wondering why Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda is being spared. In fact the K15 Million we are hearing she pocketed is too small sum comparing from what we heard that she is also involved in giving contracts to companies at a fee, how about the procurement of equipment such as ambulances and the like. One day…

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