Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila has assured parliament that the K23 billion budget for the ministry would not be abused as was the case before saying stringent measures have been put in place to prevent theft of public money including at Malawian embassies across the world.
President Peter Mutharika recently ordered that all Malawian embassies should be audited following the fraud that has been uncovered at Malawi Embassy in Ethiopia.
According to Kasaila , his ministry is in the process of assigning National Audit Office to carry out the audit.
Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee challenged government to carry out audits in all its missions to find out the extent of the fraud.
According to a preliminary audit report, staff at Ethiopia EmbassyMalawi have stolen over K300 million Kwacha during the past year.
Kasaira also disclosed that Chancellory for Malawi embassy in Lusaka has now been completed but the construction for the High Commissioner’s office is going on.
He said the government wants to buy an office complex in New York where he said office space for rentals is very expensive and wants to rehabilitate its office complex in Washington so that part of it can be rented out because it is too big for the staff.
Kasaira said plans are underway to buy office space in Pretoria and Nairobi to cut on expenses so too rehabilitate a residence for the High Commissioner in London known as Kwacha House which he said is abandoned because it needs rehabilitation.