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Anti-Corruption Bureau monitors facemask funds

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has indicated that it is monitoring funds allocated to district councils for facemask purchase.

According to a letter which ACB Deputy Director Elia Bodole has written to all the councils, the exercise is part of the graft-busting body’s mandate.

“Following the circular reference number LG/34 from the Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development on the funds for face masks, the Anti- Corruption Bureau wishes to inform all the district commissioners and chief executive officers of city councils and municipalities that it will undertake necessary measures for the prevention of corruption in making sure that the funds are used for the intended purposes,” the communication reads.

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Bodole says the exercise would involve institutional integrity committees that are present in all councils in the country,

ACB has warned that any person who contravenes or fails to comply with its officers would be guilty of an offence.

Meanwhile, Malawi Local Government Association acting Executive Director Hadrod Zeru Mkandawire has asked the Central Government to provide extra money to the councils in order for them to effectively respond to Covid challenges, especially the enforcement of Covid regulations

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“The councils already get inadequate ORT [Other Recurrent Expenditure] funds from the Central Government and, currently, they are under-collecting local revenue due to Covid. As such, there is no option but for the Central Government to provide enough resources to the councils to enable them to meet their minimum financial requirements to effectively respond to the Covid pandemic,” Mkandawire said.

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