Sate President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has summoned controlling officers to submit expenditure reports on Covid-19 funds to presidential taskforce on Covid-19 in 48 hours.
The development comes amid public calls for transparency on the expenditure of K6.2 billion that Treasury disbursed to Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in August 2020.
Speaking during Presidential National Address on Covid-19 on Sunday, Dr. Chakwera said all Covid-19 funds must be accounted for.
According to Dr. Chakwera, some controlling officers in some ministries and heads of clusters of the Covid-19 response team are yet to submit their reports.
The Sate President warned that the act is inacceptable in the Tonse Alliance led government.
“To this date, there are controlling officers in various ministries and heads of various clusters of the Covid-19 response team who have not submitted reports of how they spent their allocation of the 6.2 billion that Treasury disbursed to them last year. This is completely unacceptable”, said Dr. Chakwera.
Dr. Chakwera warned the controlling officers and head of clusters that failure to submit their expenditure reports will call for unspecified action.
“I have therefore summoned all controlling officers and heads of clusters to meet my Taskforce in 48 hours and account for how they used that money. Make no mistake: Any cluster that either fails to account for the money it received or is found to have abused their funds is a cluster in which heads will roll”, warned Dr. Chakwera.
Dr. Chakwera has meanwhile hailed collective effort in the Covid-19 fight which has seen a sum of K2.2 billion realized 26 days after the President declared a state of national disaster.
Some quarters including the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) demanded government through DoDMA to give a detailed report on the expenditure of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds.