Lilongwe City Council has been embroiled into an ‘allowance gate’ where directors and other senior managers are sharing to themselves illegal allowances without doing anything.
Nyasa Times has a list of all members of staff who dully signed against their names while the auditors had no proof that they went to the activity mentioned for the allowances.
Officials who dipped their fingers into the illegal money include director of finance, Commerce, messengers, drivers, zone officers, controller of audit and market supervisor.
The financial plunder was discovered following the audit which took place from 12 May to 15 June 2015.
The audit revealed that the council overspent by 7.5 percent on administration against the recommended expenditure of 5 percent of Local Development Fund.
Auditors queried that some contractors were being paid twice on one job.
The audit also questioned about overpayment of key personnel in project implementation.
On Tuesday, chairperson of human resource management committee in the Lilongwe City Council, Dr Desmond Bikoko told journalists that his committee has reported the matter to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for further investigations.
“We are doing this for the sake of the City of Lilongwe. Our friends in Blantyre are doing very well but in Lilongwe it’s the opposite,” said Bikoko who was flanked by William Ngulube from the same committee.
Bikoko highlighted that his committee cannot just watch few individuals enriching themselves at the expense of the tax payers.