Spokesperson of the office of vice-president and Disaster Management Affairs, Charles Wahara, has said there is no cause for alarm on the transfer of K100 million from Ifmis—government’s electronic payment system— to FDH Bank account to be used for month of November for Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji public functions.
The public raised red flags when a leaked letter from the Office of the Vice President, dated November 6 2019 in which the Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Wilson Moleni requested Accountant General to move the money from Ifmis to FDH Account.
Moleni said the K100 million would cater for “urgent expenses.”
But in a statement made available to Nyasa Times, Wahara said the office of the vice-president and Disaster Management Affairs operates a holding account at FDH Bank.
“The purpose of this account is to cater for urgent transactions for activities under the office of the Vice-President pertaining to delegated duties and Disaster Management issues,” Wahara said in the statement.
He said the office of the vice-president is funded quarterly and part of the funds are transferred to the the operating account at FDH Bank.
“These funds that are transferred are withing the approved budget for the office.
“The office therefore, seeks formal approval from the Accountant General to facilitate the funds transfer from the Ifmis system to the operating account at the FDH Bank,” said Wahara.
The veep’s spokesman said it is a “normal practice” and is within the confines of the Public Finance Management Act.
“This is a government account and all transactions made under the account are duly approved by the Controlling Officer as it is the case with all standard Ifmis transactions,” he said.
Wahara said the FDH Bank operating account is duly audited by the National Audit Office.
He said the public should not be alarmed by the leaked letter by Moleni to Accountant General to transfer the K100 million from Ifmis to FDH Bank holding account, saying “it is a normal transaction.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :