Ombudsman probe Malawi Covid-19 funds

The public protector- Office of the Ombudsman – has launched an investigations over alleged lack of accountability, responsiveness and accessibility of services  and funds under the K245 billion National Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response Plans and other interventions.

Ombudsman Chizuma according to President Chakwera is ‘one of the shining lights of integrity on top of a hill in whose valleys remain the dark shadows of institutional corruption and impunity across the public sector’

In a letter to Ministry of Disaster Management Affairs   and Public Events, addressed to Principal Secretary, Elvis Thodi, dated July 1 2020, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma demands a detailed account on how the money has been used.

The Ombudsman wants the information by July 17, 2020.

The probe comes against the background of suspicion and allegations of abuse of funds by people entrusted with implementation of the response plan.

Reads the Ombudsman’s letter: “The investigations will take a bottom-up approach, whereby the office [of the Ombudsman] will be analysing the funds received by each of the district councils, city councils and other public institutions for Covid-19.

“In that regards the office will be monitoring the Covid-19 activities planned by the public institution, the activities actually carried out, effectiveness of those activities and observing any legal, policy or best practice gaps in the implementation of the same.”

Department of Disaster Management Affairs spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula said they have received the letter and that they were already compiling the financial reports to account for the funds pumped in by the Malawi government, local private sector and development partners.

Former Minister of Information Mark Botomani told Parliament that money was not abused and challenged the new government to probe the funds.

“You can even bring CIA  to come and investigate us there will be no wrongdoing,” he said .

The deposed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime had announced to increase loans under the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund that will help micro, small and medium scale businesses that have been seriously affected by the pandemic to 15 billion Malawi kwacha ($20.69 million) from 12 billion kwacha.

However, there have been reports that the Covid-19 funds have been abused and that top officials in the DPP have used it for wrongful self-enrichment.

Meanwhile, all 28 districts in Malawi now have confirmed coronavirus cases.

Epidemiologist Dr Titus Divala asked government to urgently institute measures to halt the further spread of the pandemic, whose figures continue soaring.

He said: “There is need to formulate a Covid-19 Bill, containing the key evidence-based approaches, finances, epidemic management structures up to community level, relationship to government departments, among others, and seek parliamentary mandate for the management of the pandemic.”

Malawi Health Equity Network executive director George Jobe also asked government to reinforce the Covid-19 guidelines set up by the Ministry of Health so that the country’s fight against the pandemic is effective.

On 20 March 2020, Covid-19 was declared a National Disaster in Malawi and on April 2 2020, the country registered its first three cases of coronavirus. This was followed by a lockdown announcement which was challenged in court.

The cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malawi as of Friday 1 402, including 16 deaths and 317 recoveries. The total number of active cases is 1069.

Commentators have appealed to the new  administration led by President Lazarus Chakwera to show political will and give policy direction in terms of fighting Covid-19.

 

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Maliseche
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Maliseche

Investigation ingoyambira pa live microphone ya Jappie and Bottoman and then go down from there………… ndizosabvuta! kikikikikiki

Nyekhwe
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Nyekhwe

Remember Jappie and Botomani were caught on a live Microphone!…..

Marumbo
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All what Mr Covid itsanana Chakwera knows is arresting innocent people and that’s all. This judicial coup president of yours is a shame to Malawi.

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Please follow up with Jappie and Botomani.Do not waste a lot of time then go down to councils.

VictimOfPublicProtector
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VictimOfPublicProtector

This woman applies the law very selectively. My hope is she does not do that and also hope she has the spine to recommend appropriate punishment and not treat an important issue like this with kids gloves! Imagine asking that individuals who facilitated the conversion of government agricultural implements (valued at $80m) into personal goods to simply apologize!!!!!!

A Bakha
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A Bakha

what are you talking about??? kapena chizungu chikuvuta???

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

If there are donated funds that have been misused are the Covid 19 funds. Cars, plots have been bought using Covid 29 money. Soooooo sad.

innocent gama
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innocent gama

ok probe also they alleged that they were giving out vendors of blantyre ,lilongwe,mzuzu and other cities 35,000 each but no one received that money up until today .

Mtonga Mwana
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Mtonga Mwana

Chonde tionenetsetse kuti Jappie Mtuwa kaya Mfipa Mhango asathawe mdziko muno. I know this idiot has stolen a lot

Muhariwa
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Muhariwa

Why is Botomani worried with the stolen money? This guy is surprising all. He has forgotten that he needed allowance from Jappie after they denied to have not received any money. FISI.

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
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CHILIMA-COVIDIOT

Ndalama zifufuzidwe
Chilima ndi JB,atengeledwe kuchilungamo
Analimbikitsa kufalikila kwakachilomboka
Health rights activists
Musakhale chete pamenepa
ngati mulipachoinadi

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