7 March 2014

Malawi: Govt to Audit Cash Flow of Councils and DHOS

Minister of Information and Civic Education Brown Mpinganjira says Government is planning to conduct thorough investigations on cash flow transactions done at local levels as one way of enforcing checks and balance of public funds.

This has come following a call made by Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) Executive Director Martha Kwataine asking the government to audit district councils as well as district health offices the flow of financial transactions in order to avert future cash gate scam.

Kwataine claimed that the newly released forensic audit report on investigations of plundering of public resources has only hinted on a number of ministerial and departmental sectors sparing out the offices at local level.

She said it was high time that government needed to carry out checks and balances of every financial transactions at local level especially councils that uses information financial management international system (ifmis) versions.

"I believe the cash gate issue has not spared any office, therefore it is our plea that the forensic audit report should not only target ministries and departments alone but it should also extend to all district councils and district health office that uses the ifmis version.

"If it happens that the versions they are using have loopholes they should seal them up accordingly to avert any future plundering of public funds," advised Kwataine.

Commenting on the matter, Mpinganjira who is also government spokesperson said he was aware that the forensic audit report need to be extended to other sectors for transparency and accountability of public funds.

"Our plans are underway to audit flow of every financial transaction been taken at councils and all other sectors that use ifmis. But that will be done once the main forensic audit report is completed.

"We want to have a comprehensive report indicating how the public funds were utilised at local levels and once we start, it will be a continuous thing" said Mpinganjira in an interview with Malawi News Agency.

Government released forensic audit report on cash gate scandal occurred at capital Lilongwe a week ago which has so far attracted views from both international and local organisations.

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