The Malawi’s Auditor General Stevenson Kamphasa is reportedly facing intimidation and harassment from senior cabinet ministers implicated in the K577 billion (about $856 million) plunder of public money between 2009 and 2013 after names had leaked to the media.
Kamphasa confirmed National Audit Office (NAO) has submitted 13 files related to the pilferage of public fund between 2009 and December 31 2014 following the report prepared after the findings by the business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) titled Financial Analysis Report: Reconstruction of the Malawi Government Cashbook for Purposes of Further Investigation.
However, under political pressure, the Auditor General said the report has not judged anyone to be in wrong doing, saying ministers like any other person and businesses analysed in the report have constitutional right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
But NAO sources said information was being tampered following political pressure as ministers with links to corruption allegations seek to protect themselves.
President Peter Mutharika’s trusted allies are among 7 ministers implicated in the report.
Also named on the “list of shame” are Asian business persons.
Some sections of the society have expressed concern that the report might be compromised because of President Mutharika’s vast interest on the matter as even some cabinet ministers, including Labour minister Henry Mussa, were named in the K92 billion Bingu report.
Opposition leaders have been pushing for the report with Peoples Party vice president Kamlepo Kalua claiming the K577 billion has now ballooned to K1 trillion.
But NAO sources said the figure has been trimmed to K260 billion.
Kamphasa refused to comment on the matter.
Public Affairs Committee (PAC) asked government to speed up prosecutions of those involved in the K577 billion cashgate, saying there should be no sacred cows.
PAC chairman Felix Chingota courageously told Mutharika in the face to ensure he brings DPP and government officials to book if evidence linked them to the multibillion loot of government money at Capital Hill, the seat of government in Lilongwe.