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Controlling officers comply with Chakwera’s 48hr ultimatum

President Lazarus Chakwera has officially received reports on the expenditure of K6.2 billion Covid funds which were disbursed to various clusters towards response to the pandemic.

The State House Press office has confirmed the development.

In the statement, Presidential Press Secretary Brian Banda indicates that currently Chakwera and his taskforce have started scrutinizing the reports and interrogating heads of all the clusters that received the funds.

Chakwera give controlling officers and heads of clusters in various government departments, 48 hours, to explain the expenditure of Covid 19 response funds.

The presidential Taskforce on COVID19 on Tuesday afternoon met the heads of all the 13 clusters that received the funds in Lilongwe.

“Now that the reports have been dully submitted, to the president’s taskforce on covid-19, the taskforce is scruitnising the reports line by line and interrogating the head of each cluster to ascertain apparent irregularities,” says Banda in the statement.

The order follows speculations of the abuse of the K6.2 billion which the Treasury disbursed to them last year.

Some of the pointers that created the room for such concerns include observations of a lack of civic awareness on the pandemic in most parts of the country especially in the rural areas.

Critics believe those entrusted with the duty of providing civic education on the pandemic are just enriching themselves with the Covid funds.

It is expected that the President will address the nation on the findings upon completion of the process and share his determination on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has written the office of the Auditor General to institute an audit of the funds that were allocated to the various Covid19 cluster committee.

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