Number seven (7) has been popular in Malawi in recent months following the revelation by other Members of Parliament that seven (7) government Ministers are said to be involved in a mass-squandering of government funds amounting to MK577 billion.
In a move to curb corruption in government institutions, the Malawi Electoral Commission has resolved to send on leave with immediate effect some of its members to pave way for the Audit Team to finalise their investigations without any obstacles.
This call comes in following an Investigative Audit carried out by the Central Internal Audit Unit of the Ministry of Finance between 27th April and 15th May, 2015 which alleged malpractices at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
The names of the members on a knife’s edge are as follows;
1. Mr Willie Kalonga – Chief Elections Officer.
2. Mr Harris Potani – Deputy Chief Elections Officer Operations.
3. Mr George Khaki – Director of Administration & Human Resources.
4. Mr Khumbo Phiri – Director of Finance.
5. Mr Edington Chilapondwa – Procurement Manager.
6. Ms Chimwemwe Kamala – Procurement Officer.
7. Mr Sydney Ndembe – Assistant Procurement Officer.
“This has been necessitated in order to pave way for the Audit Team set up to review the audit responses presented by the Commission to be able to do its work without any undue influence”, said part of the letter signed by the Commissioner Linda Kunje, chairperson of the finance and administration committee for MEC.
It is envisaged that the Audit Team will complete its work within a short period and the Commission will at that point make known to the public the outcome of the review and the action that it will take.
The Commission would like to assure all stakeholders that it is committed to ensuring that its operations adhere to all legal, public and international standards hence the need for engaging this independent Audit Team.