Malawi police, army biggest culprits in fuel abuse – Report

Malawi Police Services (MPS) and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) have been  figured as the biggest culprit in the fuel abuse following Auditor General’s audits covering 2014 and 2018, according to published analysis.

Fuel abuse 

The leading daily, The Nation made its analysis on the audits and  established that government spent K4.4 billion on fuel and allowances for trips no one can prove ever took place or if they did, their costs and durations were greatly exaggerated,

In the report, the paper  pointed out that Police  could not account for fuel worth K263.8 million between July 2014 and June 2015.

In 2015/16, auditors could not find how fuel worth K518.8 million was used because there were no records and auditors were at pains to ascertain whether indeed fuel was purchased, it reported on Wednesday April 3 2019.

The paper citing audit  of several ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), including the military, pointed to the soldiers as having the highest abuse of fuel between 2014 and 2017.

In 2017/18, an audit of selected MDAs showed that K240 million in fuel could not be accounted for or signed for contrary to Treasury Instruction 11.6 which states that items such as fuel should be recorded before being issued out.

In the financial year ending June 30, 2018, apart from fuel not being accounted for, other findings included K444 million fraudulent payments to personal accounts, K441 million in stores not registered in the ledger, K301 million in payments made without supporting documents among others, the paper reports.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe in quotes reported by the daily, admitted that “laxity” in enforcing systems and failure to unleash the Public Finance Management Act on offenders is costing the taxpayer billions of kwachas.

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mjiba
mjiba
3 years ago

Palibepo chodabwisa kapena chachilendo apa. ku Army ndi ku Polisi kuli umbava wokuba ndalama zaboma. Zitsanzo ndi zambiri ndipo zina zili mumakhoti pamene zina amazibisa. A Malawi tisamadabwe kuti chifukwa chiyani katangale wakula mudziko ndi chifukwa chokuti a Army ndi a Polisi ndi amene ali patsogolo kuba, zikakhala chonchi nanga anthu wamba achita chiyani?

mtete
mtete
3 years ago

Are we surprised? Children will always emulate parents. If they see their father dipping his hands my m’phika, they will sooner or later do the same. Our Police ceased long time a go being law enforcers.

Moya
Moya
3 years ago

Big institutions like Malawi police and Malawi army should have their own fuel tanks and simply refuel at their base, its easier to control and in order for one to refuel there should be approval signatures/document from their Superiors who will be answerable for any trip made. Free advice

Tchuma
Tchuma
3 years ago
Reply to  Moya

That makes sense… And to add to that. Each vehicle simply must have a log book to record milage and curb this fuel tax

Zingaiwalike
3 years ago

Wina amakamupanga fill pa fill pa filling station Ya Pa area 23

New Blood will DO
New Blood will DO
3 years ago

So if this is happening in our security agents, who will save us????????????

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
3 years ago

So much for civil service reforms.

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