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An audit report by National Audit Office (Nao) has revealed that management of the Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) bloated its grant in one of the Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with a Lilongwe based organisation Ndi Tsogolo Langa (NTL).

In a statement signed by Teveta Chairperson, Gilbert Chilinde, Teveta and NTL signed three MoUs and the payments on the first MoU were exaggerated by K18 million, bringing the figure up to K42 million without an addendum to the MoU.

“The three MoUs put together make the so-called grant add up to K289 million out of which K258 million was liquidated to NTL. Despite the materiality of the amounts involved and the nature of the budget line used, all the three MoUs were not reported to the board which is a governing body for Teveta in tandem with the Tevet Act of 1999 and other relevant provisions which apply to Teveta as a public institution,” reads part of the statement.

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Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has served the statutory body with a notice requiring it to produce a list of documents on the Teveta-NTL skills project compiled by the authority.

“The board is keen for the outcome of this investigation which is formidable for the recovery of the funds from NTL and help the process of recovering the public interest in Teveta against abuse of public funds and bring any wrongdoer, the ACB may establish, before the law in tandem with its mandate under the Corrupt Practices Act,” the statement reads.

Chilinde also said the board has directed Teveta management to endeavour to recover from NTL the K258 million which was allegedly misappropriated.

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“The funds were not entirely used for the purposes granted for but were diverted to other unplanned [for] activities or simply went unaccounted for in NTL books of accounts which the auditors described as disorganised. The board is strategising that Teveta should ensure that the beneficiaries of the informal sector training in Mwanza and Nsanje who were under the NTL skills project complete the remaining lessons and be assessed for graduation and be issued with certificates of attendance,” it says.

The investigations allegedly revealed that the Authority was funding the NTL skills project without the board’s approval and the funds were also being diverted away from the project.

This led to the firing of the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer Ndione Chauluka while Director of Training Programmes, Modesto Gomani, and Acting Head of Funding and Finance, Joseph Kampondeni, were each served with 12 months-serious warnings for their roles and non-compliance with Teveta board’s specific instructions and core values of Teveta Strategic Plan.

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