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‘New Ifmis is operational’

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Willy Kambwandira

The Ministry of Finance Monday said the new Integrated Financial Management System (Ifmis) was fully operational, after going through a pilot phase.

Ministry of Finance spokesperson Williams Banda said all ministries, departments and government agencies (MDAs) have been computed into the system after it has proven to be efficient in managing public resources.

“The new Ifmis is secure and web-based, such that the weaknesses that were noted in the old Ifmis will not be encountered with the new system. That is why we are proud of rolling out after the pilot phase,” he said

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Banda added that, within the month, the office of the Accountant General deployed a team in all Treasury cashier offices to assist with processing of July salaries to the new MDAs.

In 2018, the government bought a new IFMIS system at a cost of K5 billion replacing the old version which was installed in 2005.

It was revealed that the old version had loopholes that led to massive plunder of resources including loss of K23 billion in 2013 in the famous Cashgate.

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Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency (CSAT) Executive Director Willy Kambwandira said the government should ensure that the system is run by people with integrity to guarantee positive change.

Kambwandira added that there is a need to ensure that the current criminal laws adequately recognise that imputing false information in systems like Ifmis is theft.

“We would also recommend review of the Penal Code in order to be able address of fences that involve interference or abuse of rights in the Ifmis by administrators either through false postings or deliberate wrong information,” he said

Meanwhile, some civil servants are yet to receive their July salaries, a development Banda says is due to technical problems that arose not due to Ifmis.

“There were also delays in submission of GP5 forms but, besides this, we had a small technical problem, which was rectified by Friday. Iam sure those that submitted very late will start getting their salaries,” he said

With the new Ifmis, the government is expected to eliminate problems associated with poor record-keeping in ministries, departments and agencies, as well as help in budget preparations.

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