Leaking health funds revealed
Publish date: 11 September 2017
Issue Number: 742
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Millions of rand seeped out of Malawi’s public health system last year through fraud, payroll manipulation and unauthorised payments, a leaked report from the office of Malawi’s Auditor-General has revealed. A report on the Daily Maverick site notes that the losses form part of audit queries to the tune of R80m highlighted by the report. Auditor-General Stephenson Kamphasa said the audit – signed in May 2017 – only covers about 68% of government accounts, as many Ministries and departments failed to submit their financial reports. The report was submitted to Parliament, the Finance Ministry and President Peter Mutharika, but has not been released to the public. According to the World Health Organisation, Malawi’s health indicators are among the worst in the world, with a high HIV/Aids prevalence and widespread malnutrition.