Public Accounts Committee to meet Nankhumwa, others over Covid-19 allowances

The Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament is on Monday, August 2, 2021, expected to meet the Leader of Opposition, Kondwani Nankhumwa, and other members of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 Response over millions of Kwacha allowances they received from the K6.2 billion funds allocated towards the fight against the pandemic.

Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa: faces PAC grilling

PAC is a parliamentary committee that provides checks and balances with regard to use of public finances. It invites public officers, including ministers, Principal Secretaries (PSs) and other government ministries, departments and agencies officers for questioning and issues reports and recommendations, usually subsequent to public audit.

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 Response appeared before PAC in April as part of an on-going inquiry that PAC has been conducting to consider and scrutinize the investigative audit report on the usage and accountability of the K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds.

PAC Chairman Shadreck Namalomba

During that inquiry, PAC expressed deep concern that Nankhumwa and others were paid millions of Kwacha in allowances for fuel, accommodation and motor vehicle maintenance. Nankhumwa alone reportedly received over K3.5 million.

According to Chairman for PAC, Shadreck Namalomba, PAC has invited members of the taskforce who may have received allowances, procedurally or not, to hear their side of story following a taskforce report presented to Parliament recently, which contained details of the allowances.

There had been a public uproar following revelations of the allowances with many quarters, including the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), calling on Nankhumwa and others to give back the money.

Ironically, following the revelations of abuse of the K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds, Nankhumwa spoke strongly against it and demanded that President Lazarus Chakwera should order a forensic audit to establish whether or not the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and some government clusters abused K6.2 billion, which was released by government to help in the fight against the pandemic.

A forensic audit was conducted and suspected culprits, including District Commissioners and City CEOs and staff and other senior civil servants were implicated. They were interdicted and some were arrested. However, no-one has been convicted yet and almost all interdicted civil servants are back at work.

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Chekamtanda
1 month ago

Mukhute ndalamazo

Amnjiba
Amnjiba
1 month ago

Nankhumwa and others in the presidential covid 19 task force? Who are these others? They don’t have names? The only person who has a name in the task force is Nankhumwa? Be serious guys give us the names of those others!

naneo
naneo
1 month ago
Reply to  Amnjiba

by the way Nankhumwa was pocketed himself ?

Hawell
1 month ago

Why PAC are you quiet on 17 billion kwacha can you hurry up do not sleep please you have a lot of work to do!

Doba
Doba
1 month ago

Kodi ku DPP Muthu woti amalikonda Dziko lino ndani? Aliyense amene ali kutsogolo kwa Chipanichi Ali ukhudzidwa ndi kuba ngati muthu akukwanitsa kuba Ali kotsutsa boma , kapena kulephera kukhulupilika Ali kotsutsa boma nanga akadzakhala president kudzakhala zotani , Ena ndi awa akuti DK ayi ndithu , Dzikolino lilipamavuto ndithu

Kamchiputu
1 month ago

I am not impressed with the story. When you say Nankhumwa and others what does that mean? Who are others? Are you trying to expose Nankhumwa because he is from the opposition camp and you are shileding others because they are in Tonse?

Amfumu
1 month ago

Nankhumwa and which others. Mention them!!!!

Cesspool
Cesspool
1 month ago

KN the DPP darling is in a canoe that won’t capsize the farce will pass.
We stoned him for holding “false academic documents” it’s now water under bridge the lad has nine lives of a cat. He is in love with skating on thin political ice. He never employs pretentious accents in his delivery. Not as phony as his neighbour. Ever confident these are the boys who have brought us to this corruption swamp

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