Tanzania based ICT company, Soft -Tech that was contracted to install the integrated financial management system (IFMIS)says the rooting of public money by some government officials was a well coordinated arrangement to steal the money in an organised way.
The companies director Mernard Rwabutaza has told the public accounts committee of parliament that there is nothing wrong with the system that is working perfectly in more than four countries in the SADC region.
He said it is strange to note that government officials were able to share password to the system which he said can not happen anywhere as it can attract criminal offence. He said it is only in malawi where the system has been abused in such away .
According to the company’s observations on the cashgate scam ,there was a compromise of strict controls in the system that led to the system abuse. Senior staff delegating transaction authorization to juniors and payments made to suppliers before recieving of goods and services are among the observation the company has come across
Rwabutaza has however suggested that in order to avoid reoccurence of the rooting ,government through the accountant general should appoint a core team to manage ,administer and support IFMS system with emphasis on integrity and professionalism .
He has however suggested that government government should institute , and enforce disciplinaly actions for the system abuse and non compliance to the financial procedures.