Chiluzi shown exit at Malawi Audit Office at height of cash-gate probe

Malawi President Joyce Banda has moved out Rexie Chiluzi from the position of deputy Auditor General in the National Audit Office (NAO)—an organ mandated to check abuse of public resources – to Ministry of Transport at the height of investigations into the cash-gate.

Chiluzi will be Principal Secretary 2 at Ministry of Transport and Public Works.

Spokesman of the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Aurther Chipenda has confirmed that President Banda has reshuffled principal secretaries  including replacing  Secretary to Treasury Radson Mwadiwa  with Newby Kumwembe.

According to  Nyasa Times sources in government, Chiluzi has attracted the wrath of President Banda for his “inaction” in the investigations of financial plunder in government.

Chiluzi: Moved from NAO to Ministry of Transport

“It seems he didn’t take control of K400 million audit issues by sitting on the report,” a source said.

President Banda is reported to have raised the alarm about the plundering of government resources five months ago and summoned former Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga and other officials  including Chiluzi, former Treasury budget director Dalitso Kabambe, former Accountant General Dorothy Banda to a meeting to devise mechanisms to seal the loopholes.

The supreme audit institution has been smeared with allegations of donor funds mismanagement.

Former Auditor General Reckford Kampanje was forced to an early retirement.

NAO is currently working towards autonomy which will see them report directly to Parliament as opposed to the current system where the office operates under the Finance Ministry.

Fact file:

Chiluzi joined the National Audit Office on 30th January, 1986 as Assistant Auditor and moved up on the ranks as Senior Assistant Auditor, then Auditor, Principal Auditor, Chief Auditor and then was promoted to the position of Assistant Auditor General in November, 2001 the position he held until his promotion to Deputy Auditor General on 27th September, 2012.

Amongst some qualifications he has a Diploma in Business Studies (University of Malawi, Polytechnic) ACCA and FCCA.

Chiluzi is 52 years old. He has also represented Malawi on the international scene as a member of the External Auditors Board for the African Union in Addis Ababa from 2006 to 2009 where within these years he was elected the Chairman of the AU Board of External Auditors.

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