By Rebecca Chimjeka:
Account General (AG) Sungani Mandala has disclosed that his office owes integrated finance management system (Ifmis) consultants K4.6 billion.
Mandala disclosed this to parliamentary committees responsible for public accounts and budget when he asked the cluster to negotiate for an increase in their budget allocation.
During the meeting, which took place in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Mandala said failure to pay the consultants might delay the installation of new Ifmis.
“Out of our estimated budget of K7 billion, the office has received K3 billion and this is not enough for operations of the office as it is yet to pay out consultants K4.6 billion,” he said.
He also said his office would do a head-count at security and education institutions to stamp out ghost workers.
In his budget, the AG indicated that they need K124.5 million for a five-day study tour, but the committee said it was not satisfied with such a demand.
But Mandala said the tour was important as it is meant for his officers to understand how other countries operate the new Ifmis.
But the budget cluster co-chairperson, Ken Kandodo, said there was need for Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha to ensure that AG office receives enough resources to cater for the installation of the new Ifmis.
“We will make a comprehensive report and recommendations to Ministry of Finance, especially to put more resources to Accountant General so that Ifmis is installed to avoid the Cashgate that we witnessed in 2013,” Kandodo said.
He advised AG to trim his office’s budget in order to accommodate important financial requirements.
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