“We’re vindicated on DCs interdiction over Covid funds,” says MALGA.

The Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) has urged the government to reinstate with immediate all the District Commissioners (DCs) interdicted in line with misappropriated K6.2 billion COVID-19 funds.

MALGA said Tuesday in a statement that the findings of an audit report into abuse of the MK6.2 billion Covid fund has “vindicated” the association’s earlier position that local councils either “had no audit queries” or “had smaller issues that did not necessarily require interdiction of any controlling officer”.

Malga, an umbrella body of all local governments in Malawi says they have been vindicated over claims that the alleged extensive plunder of Covid funds in local councils, was a “mere misconception and misrepresentation of facts.

Responding to the K6.2 billion audit report which was conducted by the National Audit Office, (NAO) the association in a media statement and co-signed by councillor Wild Ndipo and Hadrod Zeru Mkandawire, Malga’s president and acting executive director, respectively said:

“The findings of the report vindicate our earlier argument that the Central Government rushed into interdicting controlling officers of local government authorities (local councils) en masse.

“The report clearly indicate that it was not necessary to interdict all controlling officers from the local governments as 14 local councils had no audit queries and others have issues which did not necessary require interdiction of a controlling officer.”

To concretize its sentiments, Malga gives the example of Nsanje District Council, saying at the time of the interdictions, “the councils had not yet accessed Covid-19 funds.

Further reads the report: “The report has vindicated our earlier claim that the alleged extensive plunder of Covid funds in local councils was a mere misconception and misrepresentation of facts by some actors calculated at misleading the State President and the public.”

MALGA said they are basing their argument on the fact that of the K1.3 Billion that was transferred to the local councils, as deduced from the report that 95 percent was properly utilized which is contrary to what happened at Central Government level.

Malga then calls upon the central government to “immediately reinstate all controlling officers whose councils that have been cleared by the audit report”.

“All controlling officers and other staff whose councils have outstanding queries, before any further action is taken against them, they should be accorded an opportunity to be heard regarding the audit queries as this is a Constitutional right as provided for under section 43 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi,” further reads the statement.

At the height of widespread allegations of abuse of the MK6.2 billion, district commissioners and chief executive officers of 34 local councils were interdicted in order to pave the way for a “smooth conduct” of the audit which President Lazarus Chakwera had ordered.

The report has implicated dozens of public and private sector officers in apparent “feast” of the MK6.2 billion which was meant to finance various interventions in the national response against Covid-19.

After the audit report was released, President Chakwera ordered law enforcement agencies to deal with anyone who was involved in the abuse of the money.

The Malawi Police Service says it has so far arrested about 39 people in connection to the scandal.

Meanwhile, Malga has called upon MPs to “respect human rights and freedoms of suspects of its members” when effecting arrests or interrogating suspects”.

“Reports reaching us indicate violation of right to dignity and right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty perpetrated by police officers who arrested Director of Health Services of Salima District Council and when the police interrogating arrested suspects from Lilongwe City Council, respectively,” says MALGA in the statement.

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Gemet
Gemet
16 days ago

Why is this young man Mkandawire so defensive? After all investigation is on going. Let the state machinery do their work.

Amaravi
16 days ago

Apa Pali mabodza Malawi public service regulation ikutinji pankhaniyi and kuchoka kwa ma DC Pali anthu omwe akugwilizira ndipo ntchito zaboma sizinaime,ur flattery to suspended DC can’t solve matters because they were sent to have way for smooth investigation and by virtue of being the controlling officers they didn’t sent reports despite being asked to do so.Most of these DCs will be deployed somewhere don’t expect them back in councils

GN Phiri
GN Phiri
16 days ago

The interdiction visited them for failure to produce reports in a given time…..not that they stole

50 plus 1
50 plus 1
17 days ago

Let’s hope that the journey will be easy up to 2025. We are riding on a rough tide

Ginimbi
Ginimbi
17 days ago

I am Ashamed on behalf of President Chakwera for making a rush decision of interdicting DCs CEO and Controlling Officers, I wish he consulted.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
16 days ago
Reply to  Ginimbi

dzana paja ma DC akayamba kuveledwa manon’gonon’go pamalo zidule zake amangopangidwa transfer. basi . nchisi nkhotakota mchinji dz. imagine DC KANYANGALAZI annouced in the board meeting kuti K1 million wakozetsera car yake next thing transferred to Kasungu. uko ku nkhotakota few vehicles disappeared wth no trace. these are just few examples. Cinaso mathandizo omwe amabwera for example Mai KUNDEMBO emblezzled ndalama zothandizila maphuzilo aatsikana ku Dz konko when manon’gonon’go anayayamba kunveka then she was trasferred to Mchinji leaving the mansion she built opposite ku boarder uko. nthawi yadzanayi nothing really in audit used to come out with tangible result ndalama… Read more »

Nsomba Mkumutu.
Nsomba Mkumutu.
16 days ago
Reply to  Ginimbi

Chakwera is cleaning this useless Civil Service, so dont worry! he did best by upholding these so called controlling Officers, they will not do this in the near future.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
16 days ago
Reply to  Ginimbi

Did you understand the statement that was made upon interdicting the DCs? It was to pave way for investigations. That wasn’t to say they were guilty. Inutu mumakhala emotional ndi ka bias in your comments all the time

Joni
Joni
16 days ago
Reply to  Ginimbi

Be ashamed with your IGNORANCE first dude kkkk

Nachithidzi
Nachithidzi
17 days ago

When Bakili was saying “Running a Government is a Serious Business ” sananametu ayi. This has been the first ever case happening of interdhcting Controlling Officers whom in the end Most if not ALL will prove to be clean as far as these issues are concerned. That’s the problem of marking decisions while angry. Consult first Mr. President before making decisions such as these. It should only be God who should punish children for the sins of their parents.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
16 days ago
Reply to  Nachithidzi

Muzifunsa musabayabkhule Pena. Go back to the statement that was released upon interdiction. It was to pave way for investigations, not necessarily to say the DCs had stolen

Joni
Joni
16 days ago
Reply to  Nachithidzi

UMBULI UKUTIVUTA KWABASI monga inu mukudziwa chomwe mukuyankhula???

Bentby
17 days ago

Leave the state to finish this nicely, you at Malga you’ve always been defending thievery and maladministration. We know you, You and Cdedi same whatsapp group…

Let
Let
17 days ago
Reply to  Bentby

What do you have to say for Nsanje then?

Kambani
Kambani
16 days ago
Reply to  Bentby

He who is against this government initiative to stop the rot is rotten! MALGA thrives on the same plunder.

Mzee
Mzee
17 days ago

Party Boys are at capital hill that’s where they steal in the name of the ruling party.

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