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The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of Parliament has asked the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) to review the structure of Malawi Law Commission, a development that would allow the commission to have in place an audit committee.
In the audit report of 2014/2015 financial year, the office of Auditor General observed that the commission does not have the committee.
But Law Commissioner, Getrude Hiwa, attributed the development to the absence of a corporate body that would form the committee.
Hiwa said, in the current set-up, the commission cannot establish an internal audit committee as the commission structure comprises a commissioner and members of staff.
“When we have a programme, for instance, the review of electoral laws, we have a special law commission with members who we refer to as commissioners. Once the programme is done they are discharged. In the case of Malawi Human Rights Commission, they have full-and part-time commissioners. Therefore, they draw their membership of the committee from the commissioners. In our case, we cannot do that,” he said
Pac Chairperson Alekeni Menyani said an audit committee is crucial in government institutions in as far as governance is concerned.
Menyani has since asked OPC to review the commission’s structure.
“There are corporate governance rules that govern how every organisation must operate. In the manner in which the commission is structured is not the fault of the commission. It makes very difficult for anybody to oversee their financial operation, it’s like it’s an institution that none can touch,” he said

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