Malawi has in recent years become popular for abusing government funds. Revelations of Cashgate four years ago was an epitome of the trend.
It was quite chilling to hear that over K24 billion was lost in the systematic looting of public funds at Capital Hill.
When arrests on the people involved started, many a Malawian was not only interested in seeing justice prevailing but also the nation sealing all loopholes and drawing lessons from the saga.
It was believed there would be no repeat of Cashgate in whatever form.
Last weekend, our sister paper, Malawi News, reported that a recent Central Internal Audit Report revealed that 21 percent of funds in some councils were abused.
As if that is not enough, another report from the Auditor General’s office, probing the 2015/16 financial year, has revealed that another K4.4 billion was stolen from the public purse due to weaknesses in financial controls.
The question we need to ask ourselves as Malawians is: Who are those that are more Malawian than us to eat our K4 billion?
K4 billion is a lot of money which cannot jut vanish into thin air.
In the 2015/2016 financial, it was not news that some hospitals were running without essential drugs, schools ware lacking essential teaching and learning materials, some roads were impassable and civil servant continued grumbling because of meagre salaries.
Of course, K4.4 billion could have assisted. And here we are talking of such a huge amount of money vanishing into thin air, sadly in a Cashgate manner.
Why is the ghost of Cashgate still troubling our land? Is it because some are benefitting from its existence?
Cashgate is synonymous with the previous People’s Party (PP) regime. The current Democratic Progressive Party government distances itself from it. Why then does it allow these Cashgate tendencies to still occur?
When a report from within government points to such ills, it is clear that there is more that is lost.
It is, therefore, important that these reports should not just be there to make sure that shelves that are in government offices are filled with something. There is need to act on them. Fish out the perpetrators and let them face justice.