Pac Summons Auditor General on K6.2 billion report

Shadreck Namalomba

The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of Parliament has Monday summoned the Auditor General (AG), seeking his explanation on the methodology his office applied in investigating how the K6.2 billion set aside for fighting Covid was used.

Pac has also summoned the Presidential Taskforce to, among others, understand issues regarding allowances which members of the taskforce allegedly got from Umodzi Park.

Pac chairperson, Shadreck Namalomba, said Sunday the committee would like the AG to speak including why only 39 percent of the K6.2 billion is accounted in the report. to the report and address concerns


“We thought it would be in order to have the Auditor General speaking to the report before we go deeper into our public inquiry.

“There has also been some talk about some members of the Presidential Taskforce getting allowances from Umodzi Hotel. We would like to have a clear picture as to who these members are,” Namalomba said.

Addressing the nation last Sunday, President Lazarus Chakwera charged that anyone who abused any amount of the funds will be hunted down and punished accordingly.


“So, I want all the thieves hiding in the civil service to mark my words: If the finger of evidence points to you as one of the thieves who stole Covid money for saving lives while hundreds of our people were dying of Covid, you are going to prison.

“On top of that, we will use the relevant laws to ensure that you pay back what you stole,” Chakwera said.

Recently, there have been concerns that the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and the Malawi Police Service are not appearing in the report despite that they both got money from the emergency fund.

MDF Commander Vincent Nundwe said that his institution had no mandate or control over its exclusion from report.

Nundwe admitted that MDF got K185 million for Covid activities in two tranches. He also admitted that auditors went to his institution for their investigation.

“I am not the one in charge of the report. It is up to the authorities that submitted the report to explain why we are not there.

“We had auditors. They came and they had an entry brief with me and an exit brief after finishing. It is not my problem if our report is not included. We have not hidden anything,” Nundwe said.

Meanwhile, the ‘Follow the Money Movement’ has expressed confidence that the war that the current administration has started to crack down on those who abused part of the K6.2 billion will be seen to the end.

“As much as we applaud Chakwera and his government on the strides registered after the release of the Covid Audit Report, we urge all other stakeholders involved like the police, the Judiciary and all other concerned entities to move with urgency and ensure that justice prevails,” reads a statement from the movement.

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