Parliament has come out clear asking law enforcement agencies to deal with all who abused funds in foreign missions as one way of supporting President Dr Lazarus Chakwera agenda of clearing the rubble.
According to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on abuse of funds in foreign missions, which Zomba Chisi Parliamentarian Mark Bottoman presented, all controlling Officers, in this particular case the Heads of Missions,and all the other relevant Diplomats in the embassies should abide by the stipulations in those legal framework or else be arrested.
“The Committee noted, in general, that the abuse by the Diplomats needed to be
addressed by the concerned heads of missions and not by the Secretary for Foreign Affairs. It is in that regard that the Committee resolved that during its subsequent meetings on matters related to audit queries for embassies, the concerned Heads of Missions will be summoned to respond to the queries on their own and not just send responses to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the concerned heads of vigilantly play their respective roles in ensuring that we ‘drain the swamp and clear the rubble,”
The Committee, calls upon all the other law enforcement agencies to by the lessons therein that within thirty days culprits be dealt with.
“The Committee hereby gives a timeline of three months within which culprits be arrested. *It is the belief of the Committee that the Secretary to the President and Cabinet, the Secretary to the Treasury, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the recommendations herein will do their job as stipulated in the law.” he said.
According to the report, the committee established that there had been some obvious violations of the legal
instruments as well as procedures that govern the management of public financial
The Committee singled out major shortfalls such as transfer, expenditure and payment of funds without following laid down
procedures; breach of contractual obligations; and wasteful and over-expenditure of public resources.
The Committee also noted that there has been lack of effective internal financial control systems; abuse of visa funds and passport fees; under-contribution to utility bills against agreed modalities; and
misuse of funds.