Thieves smartly moved into three offices at the National Audit Office (NAO) and got away with three computers from influential offices of the Deputy Auditor General, his secretary and that of the Assistant Auditor Genera, Nyasa Times has learnt.
The attack comes barely a week after the Auditor General Stephenson Kampala indicated that his office has moved in to finalising the K92billion cashgate scam believed to have taken place between 2010 and 2012.
NAO’s Spokesperson Thomas Chafunya confirmed to Nyasa Times the development in a telephone interview but indicated that Police crime investigators were still on the scene.
“The police are right here at the spot. I can’t say much at this moment,” Chafunya said.
He downplayed fears of sensitive information loss through the theft of computers in the hit offices, saying management is treating the issue as burglary.
Meanwhile, Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa has pleaded for patience from Malawians demanding to know names of individuals and companies involved in the Cashgate, saying it may take three to four months to release the names.
Kamphasa and Attorney General Anthony Kamanga have separately stated that despite mounting pressure from the public to name Capital Hill Cashgate culprits in the forensic audit, such an audit report is not a public report and not meant for the public “under normal circumstances”.
Cashgate was exposed following the shooting of then Minister of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 last year.
President Joyce Banda commissioned a forensic audit exercise which was done by British firm Baker Tilly which revealed K13.6 billion (US$33 415 233) was plundered in public resources at Capital Hill.