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Principal Secretary booted out of Public Accounts Committee meeting

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (Pac) Tuesday gave marching orders to Principal Secretary for Health, Dan Namarika, and his team from a meeting after the government official made allegations which reflected on the Auditor General.

Appearing before the committee, Namarika insinuated that officials from the Auditor General’s office do not follow proper procedures in the manner they audit government departments.

This was Namarika’s first appearance before the committee as controlling officer for Health following his appointment this year.

Pac Chairman, Alekeni Menyani, sent out Namarika who was accompanied by accountants and administrators of the ministry.

“He is ignorant of the procedures and process of how audits are done; therefore, we have sent him back so that he liaises with his officials on how best to answer the audit queries,” Menyani said.

Soon after he was ordered out of the meeting room, Namarika had an immediate meeting with the Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa at the Parliament building.

Menyani, however, told Namarika and his team to be back in the meeting room at 2 o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday.

The parliamentarians sitting on Pac are looking at audit queries dating back to 2012 and 2013.

Namarika and his 20- member team were sent back after tackling just one audit query out of the 20 which appeared in the audit report.

The Auditor General had raised an audit query on K3.1 million subsistence allowances paid to employees at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, yet the staffs were working within their duty station.

Deputy Chairman of the committee, Kamlepo Kalua, asked Namarika if he was in control at the ministry following this revelation, to which the principal secretary replied that he was.

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