Chakwera warns heads will roll in K6.2bn Covid funds, demands accountability

Heads will roll if any controlling officer or cluster head fails to account for the K6.2 billion Treasury released last August for the Covid-19 fight, President Lazarus Chakwera has warned.

Chakwera has warned that he will fire any controlling officer or cluster head who fail to account for the K6.2 billion

President  Chakwera in his National Address on the update of Covid-19 from Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Sunday evening said  it was unfortunate that some controlling officers in government ministries  as well as  Covid cluster heads were yet to submit expenditure reports.

“This is completely unacceptable. I have therefore summoned all controlling officers and heads of clusters to meet my [Presidential] Taskforce  [on Covid] in 48 hours and account for how they used that money,” said Chakwera.

Talking tough, the President added: “Make no mistake: Any cluster that either fails to account for the money it received or is found to have abused their funds is a cluster in which heads will roll.”

Chakwera  tough stance on the K6.2 billion expenditure reports come against accusations from the public that the funds were abused by some officers.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has been dogging  individual journalists and media houses, including Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) demanding information using the Access to Information law on various expenditures.

According to the President, part of 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.

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Nyekhwe the Nyex
Nyekhwe the Nyex
5 months ago

Kodi 48 hours yadutsatu? Tizidikila? Tili pa 53hours tsano.

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
5 months ago

Mr Presidents pangani zachangu. Limbani mtima ngati ma JB pa nthawi ya cashgate potengela Akuba onse Ku court. Sitikufuna kuona za Petera zoikila kumbuyo anthu akuba Chuma chaboma. Monga 240 billion yomwe inasowa nthawi ya DPP. sanamange aliyese pokhala anaba ndi Iyeyo ndi a DPP. Inuso mukapanga zotele dziwani a Malawi tikuona and will act accordingly

Cairo
Cairo
5 months ago
Reply to  Mulumuzana

You are very stupid,can you imagine the difference in the amount..240 million versus 6.2b and 6 months consumption period. Ife tonse, boma!

Alone
Alone
5 months ago

K6.2bn gone in six months eish……wokazinga nsawa sadikila mbuluwuli dzinyekera ……..

sikelo
sikelo
5 months ago

The way I see it, there are too many thick heads, commenting here.

BigMan
BigMan
5 months ago

You have presidential teeth, start biting.

Jamax
Jamax
5 months ago



Mdala
Mdala
5 months ago

We voted for guys who promised us that they will control our finances are safe and secure and only spend for the purpose. We voted for guys who promised that they will recover all this billions of stolen money from their predecessors and their henchmen, they were talking about amnesty when they report themselves and a closer look if their earnings match with their wealth! We voted for guys they make us believe that we are a rich nation, that the creation of 1 million jobs is an easy task and that our economy have such a potential! And now… Read more »

Backbencher
Backbencher
5 months ago

During the reign of JB it first came as rumors that there has been plunders on the state coffers and the President instituted an investigation. The outcome was so overwhelming so much that the president failed to exonerate herself from such massive plunder dubbed cash gate that it dealt a fatal blow to her retention of her position as people had lost trust in her leadership. I can see similar trend here, if Mr. President do not tread carefully here, a lot of rot might be exposed and even if the culprits will be brought to book just like what… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Backbencher
Koka
Koka
5 months ago
Reply to  Backbencher

Lazarus dilly dallies too much when it comes to decision making. He is not decisive. Not sure why it takes very long time for him to act. Since Lazarus came to office, he has never for once shaken personnel in underperforming / corrupt public enterprises. There has to be consequences for underperforming and corrupt public servants.

As a leader, one has to be decisive in getting rid of the rot, even if it means the government losing money in the process.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
5 months ago
Reply to  Koka

Discicive leaders usually have a universal knowlerge and critiquing mind that enables them to fully understand what goes on around in their environment of leadership. To be president to run a country is as good as being a CEO of a business. You must read and understand economics, finance, supply chain and and all the risks involved, global events etc. If you are equipped with this knowledge, you are able to appoint perfect fits into the cabinet, parastatals and government ministries. Looking into the rearview mirror, I see two leaders of this caliber: Kamuzu and Bingu.

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
5 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

I thought Bingu plundered 63 Billion?

Cairo
Cairo
5 months ago
Reply to  Ku lumbadzi

Nonsense Ku lumbadzi, you are a useless person who is just wasting oxygen in Malawi.

Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Concerned Bonafide Malawian
5 months ago
Reply to  Backbencher

Are you trying to discourage the investigation or follow through processes?

You want the suspicions to be washed under the carpet or what are you trying to put across? It smacks of ….. some kind …..

Ginimbi, the illuminate, the likes of Bushiri

Awa ndiye tinabesa basi, kumangobwata basi koma no action, tidavotera njoka luzi, izi sizitithandiza ndithu, aja ankati kuyendetsa chalichi ndi boma ndizosiyana, you have now been vindicated, chonchobe kwantele basi

Mbachi
Mbachi
5 months ago

moto wa mapesi…he cant do anything

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