The Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) has called for speedy action on reports of financial mismanagement at district councils in the country arguing there are a lot of cases of that nature that are stalling.
The call follows a report of financial mismanagement at councils which implicated some Members of Parliament (MPs) and council officials.
The audit revealed that K80 million out of K3 billion meant for development projects remain uncounted for in 16 district councils in Malawi.
Reacting on the report, MEJN executive director Dalitso Kubalasa said authorities need to take action to help reduce cases of fraud that are piling up in the country.
“This is something that did not surprise us and we are glad that government took a step to audit after sometime to expose elements of fraud,” said Kubalasa.
Meanwhile the ministry of finance is yet to submit the report to the ministry of local government as it is still assessing the findings by the central internal audit office.
Treasury spokesperson Alfred Kutengule said he will submit the report soon to the ministry responsible for action.