By Yamikani Msukwa
United Democratic Front (UDF) and the New Labour Party (NLP) say the failure by the country’s leaders to declare their assets is encouraging corruption in the country.
UDF President Atupele Austin Muluzi told Capital Radio that junior civil servants have taken advantage of the situation as they are towing the same line abusing public resources.
Recently, there were calls on President Joyce Banda to declare her assets, but such efforts have proved futile as the Malawi leader is not forthcoming on the matter.
“The only way to deal with it is to develop a result culture, a culture of accountability, if the problem is the law it must be dealt with, if the leader is hiding their resources, they are not being accountable, then what do you expect the rest of the government is going to do? The rest of the ministers are going to do? What do you think the civil service is going to do?” wondered Muluzi.
On his part, NLP interim President Friday Jumbe emphasized that there is need to revamp government’s payment system.
He observed that the current centralized payment system has weakened the IT System in government, a development that has led to massive defrauding.
“They deliberately centralized the payment to weaken the IT system to steal money from government purse. How can a ‘small clerks’ in government officers have K120 000 000 in their house?” queried Jumbe.
Meanwhile, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is probing how the Treasury paid out to various companies a sum of money pegged at K600 million.
The development follows revelations of financial mismanagement by social media at the Treasury and the Accountant General in the wake of the shooting of Ministry of Finance Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo on September 13, 2013 in Lilongwe.