State House blocking Auditor General, Malawi MPs told

Auditor General Stepheson Kamphasa has told parliamentarians that State House is frustrating government auditors from conducting the headcount for staff at the State residences.

Kamphasa :State House blocking my office

Kamphasa made the disclosure when he appeared before joint parliamentary committees of Public Accounts and Budget during the cluster meetings.

According to Standing Order 136, after the presentation if the budget, parliamentary committees go into breakaway sessions where they scrutinise the proposed allocations each ministry or department presented in the national budget.

Peter Dimba MP for Lilongwe South for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) asked if the Auditor General has done a headcount of staff at State House, fearing there could be many ghost workers.

But Kamphasa said his office is facing hurdles to conduct headcount at State House, saying authorities were always elusive.

“They always say we are busy,” said Kamphasa.

He, however, told parliamentarians that his office managed to do headcount at Malawi Defence Force and State spy agency NIB.

Kamphasa said the results if the headcount revealed that the civil service payroll was infested with a lot of ghost workers.

He said about 2300 ghost workers have since been deleted from the payroll.

Kamphasa also lamented lack of resources which compromised professional work.

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Gabriel Nkhoka

every civil servant receives salary throu bank accounts held in our own banks.Who is owning these accounts?.Trace these NDONDOCHA/ANAMASEMPHWANI to the root you will realise the owner.zutikawira ndalama zathu za misonkho.msonkho umawawatu ukamawuona pa payslip.

The president is not in control of affairs of this country.Indeed he is fast asleep. Every jim and jack is now running the country in the name of the executive arm of gvt. 2300 ghost workers? the same song.this is the problem of keeping dead woods and recycled politicians in gvt system….resisting to change old habbits of doing things.Late Kamuzu had his ears and eyes in all the 4 corners of the country.He never tolerated such.Late Bingu was a president of action ( zilekeni ntchito za manja anga zindichitire umboni ).May the souls of the two departed presidents RIP. They… Read more »
Jelbin mk

If these ghosts’ salaries were K40 000 it means government was losing K92 000 000 every month in only two departments. In a year government loses K1,104,000,000 (1,1 billion kwacha) only from defence and NIB, are we serious as a country? That country should be revamped seriously. The head of state in fast asleep.

peter chipo

Puluzu, How can you send a ghost to prison? Govt should, however, pursue the hosts of the ghosts.

Dziko Lathu

These ghost workers need to be brought before the law to explain how they entered the system. There are a lot of criminals going scot-free,some in high places!

Mponda Ngozo-KK

Official corruption @ its best.

Rift Valley

What it it that State House is hiding? Bwana Mkubwa, our touted Record Programme will get no where with this kind of behavior. Let Auditor General do his work unimpeded.

kakumbi bway

2300 ghost in the country of high unemployment.this means there are 2300 plus vacancy.who was responsible for this ghost workers?how long does these ghost workers existed in the system?how much money has been used towards these ghost workers?where were the money going?


That is my Malawi deleting 2300 ghost workers without sending them to PRISON.WHY? Why?


Am challenging Kamphasa to reveal details about the ghostbworkers. Why has the report on the headcount been hidden? Could Govt outline which ministries had ghosts and what grades and for how long had they benn employed. Am aware that this is a fabrication resulting from ignorance by Kamphasa and his auditors. In this day and age transparency requires that all facts be laid bare.

Northern Economist

We are surely not safe, I cry for my taxes

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