The National Alliance Against Corruption has sounded a fresh warning that it will seek prosecution of public officers involved in abuse of state resources amid increased cases of dubious dealings in most development projects.
In interview, National Alliance against Corruption Chairperson Moses Mkandawire said that his organization has already started filing cases of some public officials who have plundered funds meant for various development projects, and soon will be dragged to court.
Mkandawire said is concerned with what Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) presented in parliament, where it was revealed that billions of public funds have been abused through dubious transactions and procurement of unnecessary resources.
During the presentation of the report last week PAC Chairperson Shadreck Namalomba, bemoaned lack of adherence to public finance management guidelines by most councils which he said has contributed to wastage of public finances.
In his reaction to this Mkandawire told us that much as governance institutions such as Anti Corruption Bureau, Financial Intelligence Unit and Fiscal Police are working tirelessly to lead in the fight against corruption, Malawians must be patriotic by start reporting cases.
“We are deeply concerned with continued reports of mismanagement of public funds especially Constituency Development Funds, in most of our councils. This type of cancer has to be rooted out, this trend is dwindling the country’s development growth,” lamented Mkandawire.
In a separate interview, Center for Social Accountability and Transparency (CSAT) Executive Director Willy Kambwandira demanded the need to review Constituency Development Funds guidelines if the battle to deal with public resources plunder is to be won.
Kambwandira notes that the tendency of abuse of funds is negatively affecting the development of the country.
He therefore observed the need to change some laws that govern state funds by including stiffer penalties to offenders.
“It’s high time we sat down as the country to change current guidelines of CDF, we have reached to a stage of a sorry nation and if this can not be dealt with by now then this country be ungovernable in the near future in as far as finance management is concerned.
“There is this tendency of transferring public officials who have been found abusing such funds from one council to another, we need to end such tendency if we are to tame this malpractice,” said Kambwandira.