A powerful parliamentary committee has sent back senior officials from the office of the vice president Everton Chimulirenji, who were supposed to explain to the committee how some public money was used.
The Public Accounts Committee sent back the senior officials, led by the principal secretary Wilson Mollen because they failed to explain and convince the committee how some public money was used by the office.
“The officials seemed to have not been well prepared. They are failing to give convincing answers and it’s a shame that a high office like that there is no financial prudence,” said PAC chairperson Ken Kandodo after the meeting.
This comes barely a day after some Malawians expressed concern over abuse of money by the office following the vice president’s request for an extra K100 million for November from the accountant general.
But the appearance of the vice president’s senior officials before the committee on Friday follows an inquiry the committee instituted following reports of massive mismanagement of funds in the office.
Among others, the office failed to submit documents for scrutiny to the office of the auditor general as some records went missing and could not be traced.
Kandodo said Malawians are now tired of public officials looting government money.
He said stern action needs to be taken to such officers and officials.
During the hearing, questions were raised about how K90 million was liquidated in the office during the stated period and why there were unverified funds amounting to K33 million to foreign embassies, a misallocations of K14 million on expenditure, an unaccounted for fuel of K51 million and goods purchased without evidence of delivery amounting to K103 million, among others.
Kandodo said the officials failed to bring supporting documents of the expenditures.
“At the same time, the figures they are bringing and those of the report don’t match, so we had to send them back to prepare and come back to meet us,” he said.
Mollen, however, said his team will now prepare well the figures and responses to the committee which will be presented when called gain.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :