Government has commissioned the Auditors General to institute comprehensive audit on Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Malawi Police Service and State residences.
The auditing exercise is coming on the background of rampant abuse of office and massive looting of public exercises in several government ministries, departments, the State residences and security institutions during Peoples Party (PP) led government.
Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe disclosed during a news conference in Lilongwe that the auditing exercise will commence soon.
“The Auditors General will conduct the audit with private auditors to be identified by his office. And we expect the exercise to start as soon as possible,” said Gondwe.
He said auditing of security institutions like MDF and Police would be done in way not to compromise nation security.
“I talked with head of MDF and was ready for the exercise to start at any time soon. He is willing to cooporate and ensure the exercise is done effectively,” he said.
MDF and Police have allegedly been accused of being used as conduit of looting of billions of public funds under the infamous Cashgate.
State residences which got huge budget allocations during PP’s regime were not spared of the massive corruption which saw for the first time in history of the country State residences depleting annual budget in few months after Parliament’s approval.
Meanwhile, Mutharika has pledged to reduce budget allocations to State residences.
Under PP’s two year term Malawi witnessed massive theft of tax-payers’ money amounting to over K13 billion by government and party officials through ghost contracts.