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PAC to meet over Covid-gate

The Public Affairs Committee – PAC is planning to host a high-level meeting to tackle issues concerning the plunder of the K6.2 billion Covid-19 response funds.

According to a National Audit Office – NAO audit report, K493 million of the funds was looted through procurement fraud, while K80 million was spent on dubious allowances.

A further K39.7 million worth of fuel is reported to have been improperly accounted for including 7.6 million litres of fuel which went missing.

Reacting to the development, PAC is pressing the authorities to ensure that all persons implicated in the plunder are not spared but face the full wrath of the law.

The committee has stressed that it is very worried with how the public resources meant for the fight against the pandemic were abused.

The quasi-religious body’s Spokesperson, Gilford Matoga, further calls for a review of all motivations that promote the culture of; and the dependence on allowances among public servants.

“Our systems that we have been using over the years, should be revisited especially the system of allowances as well, where people would priorities allowances over other issues that were so much a priority. It is quiet sickening that as a national we have gone down on this path over the years,” Matoga lamented.

He went on to state that they will be meeting as a committee soon to discuss the matter, after which PAC’s response on the plunder will be made.

Without indicating the actual dates for the said meeting, the PAC Spokesperson emphasized that they would want to see justice prevail in this matter, and that will also form part of their discussions.

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So far, over 40 individuals have been arrested in connection with the audit report with the police promising more arrests.

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