MPs asked to fully discuss cash-gate scandal

Parliamentarians currently meeting in Lilongwe have been asked to take the Sitting as an opportunity to offer constructive criticism and suggest lasting remedies to the public funds looting.

Minister of Health, Catherine Gotani Hara, said this in Parliament Thursday afternoon when she made her contribution to the statement delivered in parliament on Monday by the country’s Vice President, Khumbo Kachali, on government’s stance on the infamous cash gate scandal.

“The President realises the importance of the issue at hand that is why she had to provide parliament with this space for us to debate on this issue and offer constructive remedies.

“We have an oversight function to perform as legislators and we should live up to that,” she said.

Inside the august House
Inside the august House

Gotani Hara also emphasised on the need to work on a solution which will help deal with the problem once and for all so that it does not recur in the near future.

“Obviously, the country is disappointed and feeling heavily let down by the turn out of events. They would love to know the exact amount that has gone missing and that will surely be established after work on the forensic audit report has been finalised,” said Hara.

Government has engaged services of a foreign firm to carry out a forensic audit report as they are general fears that some of the data may have been removed from the system by those who were involved in siphoning the public funds.

Mangochi South parliamentarian, Yusuf Matumula, said Malawians needed to rally together in this time so that they could collectively root out the vice that had seriously threatened the service delivery of many sectors in the country.

“What is clear is that the network of the people involved in these acts is so vast, in that way it will require concerted efforts to overcome this problem.

“This is not the time to be pointing fingers at each other but to work a united front,” said Matumula.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Dedza North West, Alekeni Menyani, said government could also have included in the statement the impact on government operations that has resulted from the looting of government’s money at the Capital Hill.

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