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Government to Audit State Residences, MDF and Malawi Police

June 20, 2014

Sylvester Kumwenda

In accordance to the Cash-gate Forensic Audit Report, the financial transactions of the State residences, the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and the Malawi Police Service will soon be audited.

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Goodal Gondwe disclosed this at a press briefing in Parliament to shed light on recent developments as regards the Cash-gate.

He said this was in accordance with the current report which recommends that government should conduct an audit in a number of government agencies like the MDF, Police and state residences in particular.

"I wanted to inform the general public that we have decided that this has to be launched straight away and as I am speaking, the auditor general and selected private auditors are going to conduct those audits in these three areas.

"Prior to that, we have had discussions particularly with the MDF and I am very pleased that the head of the MDF felt they would be very happy to have that audit. In this case, we are going to carry out these audits with his agreement and support," said Gondwe.

The minister however said care will have to be taken as not to compromise the security of the country.

"Of course we will make sure that such audits do not compromise the national security of the country but it is important that the audits should take place.

"The terms of reference of the audit have already been seen by Baker and Tilly Auditors and they have assured us that even in the United Kingdom, audits of security services are also routinely conducted that we are not doing something strange in this," said Gondwe.

As to state residences, the minister said it is very important that the audit be done so that Malawians would know how resources are used even in state houses.

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Source: AllAfrica

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