A political analyst in Malawi has faulted the Auditor General for failing to name cabinet ministers involved in corruption amid political verbal war between President Peter Mutharika and opposition People’s Party (PP) legislator Kamlepo Kalua.
On Wednesday Malawi’s Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa said the initial 13 files of the K577 billion audit that the National Audit Office (NAO) has submitted to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has no names of seven serving ministers.
Kamphasa added that the files only implicate private companies and suppliers which his office has since given to the ACB and not any government official.
His remarks followed a verbal war between President Peter Mutharika and vice chairperson of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee Kamlepo Kalua on the seven cabinet ministers believed to have stolen from public coffers.
Reacting to the development, one of the country’s political analysts Mustapha Hussein said Kamphasa’s remarks show that politicians have interfered with the Auditor General’s work.
“The auditor general could have come out very clearly on the available files at this time when politicians are fighting on the same. We have now started suspecting political interference and it has showed complications for the process of the auditing,” said Hussein.
The analysts further demanded transparency and accountability on the 13 files submitted to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arguing that the public should know the truth about the sealed documents.