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‘Corruption still rampant in Malawi’

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Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of Parliament, Ken Kandodo, has said corruption remains rampant in the country.

Kandodo was speaking in Lilongwe yesterday at the start of an orientation workshop for members of the committee.

By law, Pac, is mandated to be a watchdog over public expenditure.

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Kandodo said the responsibility of promoting accountability and transparency for public finances in this country is huge.

“Corruption is still rampant in this country; contractual agreements are still based on party affiliations, tribalism and nepotism.

“Same companies being awarded contracts; ever-increasing number of audit queries across all ministries, departments and agencies and of the never-ending and never-closing ‘gates’ through which we are losing public financial resources. This is the task before us and we must be geared to play our role,” Kandodo said.

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He said members of the general public have very high expectations from the committee, adding that he has personally received a number of requests, as Pac Chairperson, to look into rot

“People see us as an option, as a refuge, as an answer to rotten system,” Kandodo said.

Clerk of Parliament, Fiona Kalemba, said Pac has the responsibility of promoting accountability and transparency, adding that the general public has very high expectations from the committee to ensure that taxpayers’ money is utilised for the intended purposes.

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