A latest Auditor General report on Government of Malawi’s accounts for the year ended June 30 2019 has revealed that Malawi Police Service (MPS) missed its revenue target by K1.141 billion.
The report says in the year 2018/2019, MPS was given a revenue target of K2.5 billion. Among others, MPS is expected to generate revenue through road traffic fines and issuance of police reports.
“Accountant General’s Desk Instructions 15.2 (v) stipulates that revenue collected does not fall below their budget provisions.
“An inspection of the revenue records revealed that revenue collected during the period under review was K1,358,065,954.26 against a target of K2,500,000,000 resulting in an under collection of K1,141, 934,045.74,” the report reads.
The report has further queried MPS over the use of close to K500 million at source instead of depositing the money, contrary to Treasury Instruction 2004 Section 188.8.131.52.
The section states that public money shall be paid into the government bank accounts designated by the Secretary to the Treasury for that purpose, adding that these accounts shall form part of the Consolidated Fund.
“An inspection of revenue records revealed that revenue was being used at source instead of depositing after collection,” the report says.
The audit has also revealed weaknesses at the Fiscal and Fraud Section where an inspection of vouchers and detailed expenditure sheet revealed that funds amounting to K1.768 million were charged to wrong budget lines.
Also at Fiscal and Fraud, the report has revealed that an inspection of payment vouchers and fuel register disclosed that fuel amounting to K2.836 million was not recorded in the fuel register.
“As such it was difficult to ascertain how the fuel was accounted for,” the report says.
Finance Minister, Joseph Mwanamvekha, presented the report in Parliament on February 19 and referred it to Public Accounts Committee.
The committee is expected to scrutinize the report when it starts meeting later this month.