Blantyre District Commissioner (DC) has suspended three officials including a Director of Finance for failing to properly do their jobs.
DC for Blantyre, Charles Kalemba said he suspended his Director of Finance (DOF), Assistance Director of Finance (ADOF) and an Accountant for failing to perform their duties despite numerous warnings.
Kalemba said the DOF, Amon Kamala, has been suspended on grounds that he has never given formal reports and bank reconciliations for over a year, he is failing to provide leadership in the finance department, and he did not turn up in time for the finance committee meeting recently in which he is the secretariat.
“I was embarrassed during the Finance Committee meeting as the DOF had all documents for the meeting and members (councillors, MPs and chiefs) were made to wait for him for 2 hours. He didn’t provide any reasons as to why he was late to me and his cell phone was switched off,” narrated the DC.
The DC has also suspended the ADOF, Paul Khovulo as the second in charge of the DOF for failing to take up leadership when his boss was nowhere to be found during the finance committee meeting.
However, the accountant, Angello Namaluweso was suspended for failing to account for fuel money meant for pay parade in February, 2016 and for failing to account for revenue campaign fuel that was done in December, 2015. The three are expected to produce a report.
Thereafter, the Accountant will appear before the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee while the case of the two directors has been referred to the national local government committee.