Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda has appointed a private practice auditor, Peter Kamange as new Auditor Genera to replace previous office holder Reckford Kampanje at the National Audit Office (NAO) —an organ mandated to check abuse of public resources
The appointment follows the parliamentary rejection of Anderson Kaligomba during which 64 parliamentarians out of 151 voted for his appointment while 87 MPs rejected him.
The Auditor General Act requires that the head of the institution be someone with almost eight years of practice as an auditor.
Kamange, who confirmed his appointment with Malawi Newson Saturday, is subject to parliamentary confirmation as well.
He runs an audit firm called KCC Finance Associates in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe
Both government spokesperson Moses Kunkuyu and chairperson of the parliamentary committee on public appointment and declaration of assets expressed ignorance on the new appointment.
The supreme audit institution has been smeared with allegations of donor funds mismanagement.
Kampanje’s early retirement came at a time when NAO was locked in controversy after audit exposed alleged abuses of funds resulting in the Norwegian Government withholding of support while the Department for International Development (DfID) warned that there will be no funding until the audit queries are resolved
Recently government appointed of Rexie Chiluzi, who was assistant Auditor General, as the Deputy Auditor General (DAG) with effect from September 27 2012.