Government moves to curb theft in councils


Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has said government will soon install Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) in 35 councils in the country to curb persistent fraud and corruption.

Nankhumwa made the remarks on Wednesday during the launch of Citizen Action in Local Government Accountability (Calga) Project in Lilongwe.

The 15-month project is implemented by DanChurchAid with funding to the tune of about K286 million from Tilitonse Fund.


“This project hinges on the very same pillars the Malawi Government is promoting. It is about accountability. Accountability without integrity, honesty and transparency is but a fallacy. These principles are very crucial for the development of any country’s political, economic and social fabric,” Nankhumwa said.

He said the introduction of Ifmis in all local councils is one of the stringent measures towards curbing corrupt practices in the councils.

The minister also reiterated the need for civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations to be transparent and accountable so that they strengthen government’s initiative in promoting an accountable society.


DanChurchAid Acting Country Director, Tanguy de Hertogh, said to enhance much-desired sanity in financial management in local councils local people must be empowered so that they are able to hold duty bearers accountable.

Calga’s overall aim is to contribute towards accountability for Constituency Development Fund and Local Development Fund revenues in selected district councils by ensuring full participation of local people in development project cycles in councils.

Although Malawi has legal instruments in place to check corruption and discrimination, there is a plethora of evidence substantiating that local governance in the country lacks meaningful influence by the poor and marginalised.

The development has led to district councils often dogged by numerous queries that border on fraud, limited production of financial reports and audits, abuse of locally generated revenues and politicised intra-district allocation of development resources.

The project will be implemented through local partners – Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and Association of Progressive Women – in Chitipa, Karonga, Lilongwe, Dowa, Mwanza, Neno and Chikwawa.

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