The chief secretary to Malawi Government, Hawa Ndilowe, has disclosed that a forensic audit is being arranged to analyse data from a few years following the revelations of the Capital Hill financial maladministration.
Ndilowe said at a news conference on Saturday at the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) headquarters in the capital city, Lilongwe that that a “lot of money” has been stolen through payment system called Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) “from a few years back.”
She faulted IFMIS which has been operational from 2005, saying it gave a lee-way to officers to loot public funds and disclosed that it has since been suspended.
Ndilowe said government was working around the clock to deal with the “cash-gate scandal” revealed by a number of arrests that followed the shooting of director of Budget Paul Mphwiyo two weeks ago.
She said the spate of arrests recently have been as “a result of hard work.”
Ndilowe warned that the Joyce Banda administration will crackdown on all culprits.
“To all those public servants who are stealing, we are determined to ensure that you are arrested and punished. A forensic audit is being arranged to analyse data from a few years back.”
“We are in control and the governance structure is working,” assured Ndilowe.
In another development commercial banks from Wednesday this week have been refusing to cash several government cheques in the wake of financial mess at Capital Hill.