PAC to quiz Mphwiyo over Malawi cashgate

Public Accounts Committee (Pac)  has demanded that  Treasury budget director Paul Mphwiyo should appear before its committee to be quizzed on issues surrounding his shooting on September 13 at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe, whether it was related to the cashgate scandal.

Presenting its report in Parliament on Wednesday, the Committee’s chair, Beatrice Mwangonde, said PAC recommended that Mphwiyo should appear before the committee.

“Parliament will summon Mphwiyo to appear before Pac now that he is discharged from the hospital; or a selected few members of Pac will travel to South Africa for the intended interview with him,” she said attracting hand-clapping from members.

Mphwiyo’s shooting set off a rollercoaster of developments that have laid bare the plunder of government resources.

Mphwiyo discharged from hospital: To face PAC rap

While some people believe that the shooting was linked to his fight against fraud in government, others take a more cautious view.

Malawi President Joyce Banda said upon her arrival from the UN General Assembly, US last month that Mphwiyo has a lot to explain following his shooting in September and a series of arrests following looting of public funds.

Although he was discharged from hospital, Mphwiyo remains in South Africa.

Spokesperson for the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Arthur Chipenda said Mphwiyo is waiting for facial reconstruction following gunshot wounds he suffered on September 13 2013.

The report also recommends former and current Minister of Finance Hon Dr. Ken Lipenga and Dr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba to appear before the committee to explain their roles in the public financial transaction chain and action after Techno Brain had submitted its report regarding weaknesses in the IFMIS.

The controlling officers who have already appeared before the committee include Chief Secretary to  Government Hawa Ndilowe, Accountant General Kandoje and Auditor General Stevenson Kamphasa.

The report has a total number of 34 recommendations that the committee presented.

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