K6.2 billion audit slaps Presidential Taskforce: It failed on its duty

The audit report on the K6.2 billion Covid plunder under the watch of President Lazarus Chakwera has faulted the presidential taskforce on Covid failing “in its duties to act on the procurement of personal protective equipemtn (PPEs) of K850,000,000.00 by the Ministry of Health and Central Medical Stores Trust.

Kandodo  Chiponda role in the squandering of the public funds exposed in the report

In essence the report exposes Health Khumbize Kandodo  Chiponda role in the squandering of the public funds.

The report exclusively obtained by Nyasa Times raises moral questions if the leaders we elect can be trusted to keep the country’s resources well enough because in some cases it was pure theft not corruption.

The report says expenditure on allowances were massively abused by almost all clusters including the President’s.

“Guidelines on Covid 19 funds’ management and reporting were not provided to the clusters as a result, preparation and submission of expenditure returns was not prioritised by both the clusters and the Presidential Taskforce,” reads part of the report.

The report further faults the Ministry of Health having failed in duties by not disclosing to the Presidential Taskforce the details surrounding the K850,000,000.00 towards procurement of PPEs.

The report has damning revelations on how District councils abused  and wasted finances with clear indications that the money was treated like a feast.

Zomba central hospital is mentioned on the miscalculated K85 million, Zomba prison K135 million. There are also several cases of dubious payments to hotel with K8 million embezzled but the books showed as if it was paid to Umodzi Park.

There are also cases of cash simply missing. So far K11 million being recorded as cash that went missing. On top of this there was also plenty of millions of kwacha that officials just decided to share each other without doing any work.

Nyasa Times will give you a detailed article of the report.

Meanwhile, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma has told the Public Accounts Committee of parliament that it is her wish that the government adopts her recommendations on the protection of Covid-19 money from abuse.

The recommendations are contained in Covid-19 Misplaced Opportunities report.

Among the recommendations, the Ombudsman instructed the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to make formal and public a decision stopping its members from collecting allowances.

Furthermore, the Department of Disaster Affairs (DODMA) was ordered to make public the flow of Covid-19 funds from the moment it started receiving the funds.

Chizuma hopes the recently released National Audit Office report would assist in addressing the matter.

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QueenSono
QueenSono
24 days ago

The hope I had during campaign and what is happening 🙆

Kukada
Kukada
25 days ago

Uyu anazolowera kudya za nkachisi. Chakwera ndi mbamva. Musanamizike uzimu unachoka mwa iye. Kutenga Chikhosi ndi Kapondamgaga ndi mbali imodzi kuti azimuthandiza kuba. Munthuyu ndiwadziko musatayae naye nthawi. Chiponda anaba ndarama za independence and amaba za covid kudzera kwa mwana wake ndi Kokoliko holdings. Muyiwale kuti report ituluka palibe. A Kadzako nawo anarumiza K20 m ku radio yawo. Anthuwa ndiakuba ndipo ali mboma kuba.

Bauleni
Bauleni
25 days ago

The problem starts fro the head. We elected a mbusa to be president. All the man knows is preaching. He is incompetent

Kalonga Gawa undi
25 days ago

Shaaa Malawi !what a joke of a country

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
26 days ago

What do you expect with kwantele? Those who wasted their vote should seek God’s forgiveness. These are sins of power lust and failure.

Joni
Joni
25 days ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

DPP yimapanganso bwino eeeti? Nanga kugawana kwa pa microphone kuja kkkkkk

Mbizo
Mbizo
25 days ago
Reply to  Joni

MCP ndie kuti ikutsatila DPP?

Nalingula
Nalingula
25 days ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

Actually We didn’t Waste Our Votes …We are Heading towards the Direction we Need ….Transperancy and Accountability …Only 2 Leaders after multiparty Democracy have been Enough to take Action on Corruption Issues ….We remember When Massive Plunder of Funds at MEC was Revealed during Bingu’s Time and the Matter was Quickly Swept Under the Carpet ….When Perks Ligoya wrote Bingu about Cashgate …No action was Taken .
….JB took Action on Cashgate …Laz is being Transparent and Has shown No intention to Hide the Report and Release it later …

Kalichero
25 days ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

At least the Kwantele govt instituted at audit. We should not forget that DPP regime also got COVID funds from the government coffers. We also want those funds to be audited.

Benjones87
Benjones87
26 days ago

Very sad indeed.

Otayo
Otayo
26 days ago

Horrified and disgusted by these revelations. It’s less than a year since Tonse Alliance took government. The speed of plunder of public finances is second to none. Courts need to exercise their duty. No partiality and do the right thing. It is a criminal offence abusing public funds. The system of governance is collapsing in front of our eyes . DPP, UDF you are opposition parties. Do not just sit down. Your role is to go out in villages in every corner of Malawi and bring awareness to voters what is happening in Malawi. Whether you call it campaign or… Read more »

Kukada
Kukada
26 days ago

Now Chakweras criminal cartels at work. He will shield his agent Kandodo Chiponda who also stole money meant for the 2020 independence celebration. Dont be fooled that Chakwera is in government to change things. The man is there purely for stealing. At state house it’s even worse because his agents Kalumbu and Kapondamgaga are doing a great job stealing . The crossroads saga was just a tip. Kapondamgaga is also awarding overpriced contracts for the maintenance of state residences. We are doomed as a country.

Kamchiputu
26 days ago

All along we have saying that Khumbize is very incompetent to handle Ministry of Health. I am not surprised these days we don’t hear the noise from empty tins during the COVId 19 briefs. Everybody has run away leaving Kumbize to run the show alone and yet the taskforce is more than Khumbize. Cabinet reshuffle is taking too long.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
25 days ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

ineso nnakambapo kuti khumbize akundipelewela. mmaso. anthu amasinkha zothandizila kuti covid isafala and she wa embezzling the money! let alone tax payers from fellow hard working malawians who are paying heavy taxes abroad of which some of it is donated here in malawi and around the world. ” THICK BRAINS” she’s got. neg mbale ya sima k5 pin olo k15 pin!!
mwana wake ma mask 50 pa bwanji???????? .
dzana botomani ndi Jappie aliyese anadzimvera osatiso za acb. kodi ku health ku bwannji????

Kwitanda
Kwitanda
26 days ago

Presidential Task on Covid did not help. I remember Malawians were wondering as to why one co- chair was removed and leave the other (Chiponda). Today the audit report finds Chiponda, both as co-chair and herself as minister of health as the most failure of her responsibility. But the president did not remove her. I hope the president will now remove Khumbize Chiponda just he did with her co-chair and DCs

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