‘Pay back the money,’ face law: K6.2bn Covid-19 funds plunder well calculated move

A powerful parliamentary committee has been informed how ministries literally fought for K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds soon after the money was released by the Reserve Bank of Malawi and according to the reading of an audit report, it  becomes apparent the plunder of Covid-19 funds was a well calculated move.

Chimphepo: It becomes apparent the plunder of Covid-19 funds was a well calculated move.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) officials told the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of parliament that the moment funds amounting to K6.2 billion  were received from Reserve Bank of Malawi, the Ministry of Gender recommended that it be transferred to them since it was meant for social cash transfer.

The Ministry of Local Government similarly requested that the K6.2 billion should be transferred to them.

Dodma’s Director of Response and Recovery, Moses Chimphepo, has stressed that the developments pushed them to seek advice from the Treasury on who was in charge of the money, where treasury recommended that it must be transferred to treasury.

According to Dodma councils were justified to use more money for allowances than the purchase of PPEs, arguing that at the time, more trainings and community mobilization activities were to be conducted.

It has been explained in the meeting that PPEs were mostly bought by donors and well wishers.

Dodma also approved activities that attracted the payment of allowances during the time Malawi was receiving returnees from South Africa.

A report that has been presented in the meeting, also shows that councils used K641 million  from the K6.2 billion.

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Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
28 days ago

Agalu ama jelasi inu. Ife tikudya zimenezi tili pheeeee.

Marumbo
29 days ago

Chakwera is surely not clean in all this. Malawians must know that the Malawi Chewa Party (MCP) is busy stealing our taxes through the bogus enterprise called Kokoliko Holdings. Koma Malawi ndiotembereredwa ndithu. Abusa is busy stealing uku like hell!!!! Zamanyazi.

Bauleni
Bauleni
29 days ago

This is what happens when you have a clueless president

Namagetsi
Namagetsi
29 days ago

FIRE CHAKWELA simple.

Otayo
Otayo
29 days ago

This is just phase one of investigation. Phase 2 should focus into Kokoliko company which secured a tender of offering face masks at an alarming price. Investigation should focus on these areas : 1. Was this tender advertised in newspapers for similar companies to compete on price. 2. If the Answer is no. Then why?? 3. Who are the shareholders in this company? 4. The government minister or official who awarded or influenced that contract in favour of Kokoliko, did he/she disclosed his/her conflict of interest with kokoliko company before this contract was executed. 5. If a government minister or… Read more »

Kukada
Kukada
29 days ago

I said that this report has been doctored that’s Gospel kadzako,ghiponda,nakhumwa,police and army names are missing. The audit should be done by private auditors as was done the cash gate.This report is faked

Dan
Dan
29 days ago

Pay bck is the way to go wether they have it or not then they need to give it out by way of imprisonment We shall allow no thief to keep sahming our beautiful country. I wish they had to open another Dzaleka prison for these Covid 19

Zero Tolerance
Zero Tolerance
29 days ago

Pay back or prison is totally the wrong approach. Not only should every single official be charged but the business owners too.
ACB should get to the bottom of this case and spare no one not even a Minister or his or her boss.

Mwenekayondo
Mwenekayondo
29 days ago

Those concerned to b brought to book& face the law!Mbava!

Assange WikiLeaks
29 days ago

There is a lot of rubble to be cleared in the civil service. The problem is that the government takes too long to discipline it’s employees forgetting that what is being stolen is public money. If people are not satisfied with the conditions of service in the civil service they should leave rather than resorting to theft. One good thing about adverts for vacancies is that even the salaries are included. You chose to take that salary and please do not steal our money. Those that steal must pay back or be fired and prosecuted. No two ways about it.… Read more »

Let
Let
29 days ago

They should payback and be fired and jailed. It’s the only way to end this

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