Written by DAILY TIMES
LILONGWE - A high powered delegation of heads of mission from eight development partners on Thursday held closed door ‘talks’ with Vice President Khumbo Kachali and other government officials, where the donors expressed ‘worry’ on the continued reports of plunder of public finances.
The ‘talks ‘ which lasted over two hours were held at VP offices at Capital Hill and were attended by British High Commissioner Michael Nevin, German Ambassador Peter Woeste, American Ambassador Jenin Jackson, Norwegian Ambassador Asibon Edihammer, Ambassador from Ireland and a representative from the Japan government, among others.
Khumbo Kachali was flanked by Inspector General Loti Dzonzi, Chief Secretary in the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Hawa Ndilowe, Foreign Affairs minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume, and other principal secretaries.
“We wanted to get first hand information from government on what measures have been taken following these reports of massive looting at Capital hill. We are also worried to hear that the information IFMIS has crashed. I hope government understands what is at stake here.”
“You can’t keep blaming the system, its human beings who are plundering. As donors we agree with those who are saying that the reports of rampant corruption and theft of public funds is just a tip of the iceberg,” German Ambassador Peter Woeste told Daily Times in an interview after the meeting.