NACA warns against mismanagement of Covid-19 funds

As individuals, companies and organisations are pouring in funds towards management of Covid-19, the National Anti-Corruption Alliance (NACA) has warned against financial mismanagement.

On Saturday President Peter Mutharika directed the Treasury to reduce his salary and that of his cabinet ministers by 10% for three months to support Covid-19 management.

In a related development, the country’s Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima, has pledged to channel his full salary towards the same initiative.

NACA Chairperson, Moses Mkandawire, has described the move by the leaders as a commendable development, however he has cautioned those managing the funds to ensure prudence and accountability.

Mkandawire said: “In most cases such resources end up in the pockets of people who are trusted to coordinate such events and you discover that only a small amount could reach the intended beneficiaries.”

He therefore suggested that 80 percent of the funds from the salary cuts must be channeled to the people who are marginalized.

Mkandawire further asked Non-Governmental Organisations, religious bodies and development partners to pour in more resources in the fight against the pandemic.

His remarks also comes in the background that previously money meant for disaster response ended in people’s pocket.

On March 20, Malawi’s leader declared a state of disaster in the country following the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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