A weak public service system and lack of coordination within it has been blamed for rampant corruption in government. Speaking for the first time after recovering from an assassination attempt Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo told the Parliamentary Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on Tuesday that a weak link between the Accountant General, the Reserve Bank of Malawi and the Ministry of Finance had led to the loss of huge sums of money through theft and looting, According to Mphwiyo thieves are taking advantage of the weak system to siphon off huge sums of money from the government. "The time I was appointed the Budget Director a few months ago, we started reconciliation of government ministries and departments accounts waiting for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is when we discovered that huge sums were missing" he explained. He said he had alerted the then Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga and then Secretary to the Treasury Radson Mwadiwa about the issue. "It was during this period when we were trying to work this out when I was shot while entering the gate of my house" he explained. Mphwiyo refused to be draw on comments on how billions were being looted from public coffers at the Accountant General's but expressed fear to PAC that his life was still in danger given that last week thugs had invaded his house to attack him but were caught by the police.
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