When the President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, bought maintain of an audit report from his nation on the expenditure that had been finished with respect to some COVID-19 funds, he went full throttle, making heads roll.
The actions, as he said in a video that has emerged on social media, have been so drastic that a few of them included the instant sacking of a important cupboard minister.
Other individuals who have been named as participating in corrupt practices have been additionally arrested and compelled to repay all the cash they stole.
The video, shared by TV3’s Johnnie Hughes, confirmed President Chakwera addressing his nation through video, and laying out all of the instant actions he had instituted to make sure that all of the ‘thieves’ named within the report are handled.
He defined that he feels the identical anger and anguish as his fellow residents, however actions might be taken to make sure that they retrieve all of the monies which were misplaced or stolen.
“I can assure you, everyone, that there is no place on earth where these criminals will hide. The anguish and outrage you all feel from reading this audit report is not only righteous but also one that I personally feel.
“And now that the evidence related to the 6.3 billion is before us, I’m taking action. As I speak, over a dozen individuals suspected of committing the crimes exposed by this audit report have just been arrested by the Malawi Police Service,” he stated.
President Lazaru Chakwera additionally despatched out a warning to all different civil service employees within the nation to be on guard, as a result of ought to they be discovered responsible, they might go to jail.
He additionally indicated that he had directed for the arrest of some officers who superintended over such corrupt actions.
“So, I want all the thieves hiding in the civil service to mark my words: if the finger of evidence points to you as one of the thieves that stole COVID money for saving lives, while hundreds of our people were dying of COVID, you are going to prison. On top of that, we will use the relevant laws to ensure that you pay back what you stole.
“I have directed the secretary to the president of cabinet, (sic), to interdict (sic) those public officers whose direct watch a financial mismanagement occurred,” he added.
The president additionally defined the choice he had taken on his Minister of Labour, stating that he has ensured that the official has returned all of the monies he stole.
“As for the Minister of Labour, who was named by the audit report as having spent COVID funds amounting to 613,000 on his allowances for a foreign trip, I have dropped him from my cabinet accordingly,” he stated.
Ghana is presently at the same crossroads, because the Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, has launched a report on the audit of the Government of Ghana’s COVID-19 expenditures for the interval March 2020 to June 2022.
In the report, there have been such revelations because the Ministry of Health spending GHC 20 million to renovate an condo that it rented for GHC 15 million.
Also, the report indicated that almost 50% of all COVID-19 funds have been used for funds help, and to not struggle the pandemic itself.
The audit report additionally confirmed that the Ministry of Information, headed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, paid its administration and workers an quantity of GH¢151,500 as danger allowance, regardless that they don’t seem to be well being employees.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana is nevertheless but to remark or make any assertion on the audit report.
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