Human Rights Defendant Coalition (HRDC) has demanded that government arrests suspects who stole K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds within the next 7 days.
Addressing the media on Friday in Lilongwe HRDC National Coordinator, Luke Tembo, said they reacting to the audit report on Covid-19 funds that was released yesterday by the National Audit Office, which shows that K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds were stolen by government officials.
He said they put forward quite a number of recommendations, prime amongst them the arrests of the alleged suspects to be made within the next 7 days as details indicate who received the funds.
Tembo said, “We are calling for the arrests of the suspects failing which on the 29 April, the HRDC is going to mobilize Malawians to the streets to demand the return of the money that was stolen.”
Tembo also lamented on the issue of Malawi Police and Malawi Army saying as citizens they demand higher accountability and it is high time they appreciate how government entities utilise the tax payers money.
He said, “There are a lot of allegations of fraud cases that are happening in the Malawi Police. We have ongoing court cases across the country on funds that are given to these entities, it is only proper and legal that we also appreciate and know how they used the money obtained from Covid-19 funds.”
Tembo added that they ready for open conversations but their demands will not change. He said, “We are going to meet everyone but our demands will still remain the same, we need arrests for Malawians are tired of people stealing their money and people are angry out there. They need justice and accountability on how the funds were utilized.”
For the second wave of Covid-19, government allocated K6.2 billion tax payers money to fight against the pandemic, but the funds were looted by government official which led to President Lazarus Chakwera directing the National Audit Office to carry out the audit investigation.
By Dean Chisambo