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Ifmis has not been hacked—Treasury

Williams Banda

Authorities at Capital Hill have rated as untrue, reports that the newly installed Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) was hacked and that users were failing to access the system.

The rumour mill has it that the system has been under attack since early this month and, in trying to counter the attack, the authorities had blocked use of the same in some government ministries departments and agencies (MDAs).

It is further speculated that the development will affect civil servants salaries for November.

However, in an interview, Treasury spokesperson Williams Banda said the system had been operating on an old platform and they were transferring it to a newer platform.

The system was running on Microsoft savers 2003 and what we were doing was to remove it to Microsoft savers 2016; so ,it was a technical issue. The technical challenge was a result of a faulty active directory. This directory stores all authorised computers and authorized users of the system,” Banda said.

He, however, said the challenge had been rectified.

He then assured civil servants that their November salaries would be processed on time.

“The process of salaries largely depends on the MDAs. When they fail to submit the GP5 A reports on time, then the whole process delays. It should be noted that, for salaries to be processed on time, MDAs are required to submit the GP5A reports to the Department of Accountant General by the fifth of every month,” Banda said.

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