New thefts in Malawi govt not cashgates, Accountant General tells MPs

Accountant General William Matambo has said the current thefts of government money cannot be described as cashgate.

Accountant General Matambo

Matambo said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe when he faced parliamenntarians from.a joint parliametary committee of Public Accounts Committee and Budget committee.

“To me, cashgate is what happened in 2013, the looting of money but this is not the case now. What we are seeing now is corruption or theft different from the one what happeed in 2013,” he said.

He said in 2013, the thieves tampered with the integrated financial management system (ifmis).

Accountant General  therefore said the theft of K258 million at Teveta or K7 million at Law Commission was different from the one which happened in 2013 when over K30 billion was stolen at Capital Hiill.

“You cannot call what happened at Teveta or Law Commission cashgate, no. We sealed all cashgate loopholes,” he said.

Matambo said the government has pprocured and implemented new ifmis security tools, build capacity for information security officers for Ifmis to ensure that no one logs in into Ifmis without approval.

In addition, Matambo said the government is now buying a new Ifmis system.

He assured the legislators that there would not be a repeat of the cashgate in Malawi.

Matambo said the only way to stop the current spate of thefts of government money was to change the hearts of its employees, sensitizing them that theft is bad.

He said this was why the office has asked for K300 million for training of its staff.

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Take 10 people of your choice that your conscious is telling you they are corrupt. Are their faces appear that they are happy poiple? People with money, koma tawaonani nkhopeyo kuopsa ngati ali pa maliro.


Too much stealing. Few weeks ago,I went to the section where patients pay. I paid for the medicine but did not receive the receipt. That is in Zomba.


Shoot thieves in public. You will not hear anyone stealing again




‘Sensitising’? Such a useless word! If there is a culture that believes it is OK to steal, no sensitisation will remedy that. They will only learn by punishment or failure to be given the job in the first place. Methods to detect and deal with thieves should be built into every area of public office.

Malawian Mwanavava

This request on it’s own is another way of stealing indeed bwana Accountant General Matambo. You want K300 million to train the whole 17 million Malawians just to know how to steal or what?

Only Kamuzu ruled the country free from corruption and theft of public money. Bravo our late beloved leader may your soul rest in peace. No minister during your excellencys time had stolen even a single pace in govt pace and every thing was moving at fast to development. If your were up to now here Malawi could mutch with Dbai but oh God look how people are stealing now a minister found with millions and millions of money in the house but nothing happening a Ngwazi akuti we have done the best for Malawi. God is rescueing us 2019 by… Read more »

300 million to teach them how not to steal at work.

Amaduh Cassim

tivomeleze kt katangale alipo muzaona dzikoli likutukuka koma tkamakana kt kulibe aaaaa katangaleyo sazatha.


things will never change in the government.stealing is just part of the government employees habbit.


“Law commission”stupid Law Commission a bunch of thieves .How can you be by people like that .Gringos and they call themselves law commission marabishi a anthu stupid.Things can change only and if only the government can be OVERHAULED starting from the very TOP .

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