18 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:39 AM

‘No Minister stole money’ – Malawi Auditor general clears reports

There is no truth in reports that some Ministers were involved in the K236 billion theft at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa claims.

There were flying revelations that the initial 13 files of the K577 billion audit that the National Audit Office (Nao) has submitted to the ACB implicated some seven serving ministers.

Kamphasa told journalists that the 13 said files which according to some lawmakers contained names of the corrupt ministers, only has names of private companies and suppliers which his office has since given to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).

According to the Auditor General not even any government office and official has been implicated in the files.

Steven Kamphasa

Steven Kamphasa says no Minsiters named in the files.

Kamphasa has since indicated that the out of the infamous K577 Billion loot, there could be other outcomes but was quick to say that his office is still basing the information on the 13 files which they have which ironically does not name any minister.

The Auditor General has since said that funds are coming in for the matter to be investigated.

This comes hot in the heels of a verbal war between President Peter Mutharika and  vice chairperson of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee Kamlepo Kalua.

In his speech at the official opening of the Sugar factory in Salima on Monday, August 15 Mutharika said Kalua should submit the names of cabinet ministers who are said to have stolen money from the public purse within 24 hours.

However, this did not go well with Kalua who demanded Mutharika to name the ministers and fire them if he is really the state president.

Apart from being coy on the K577 Billion loot, Mutharika has been slammed for not firing the said seven ministers involved in the other scandal involving funds up to K266 Billion.

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