Management of anti-Covid-19 funds in Mali: More than 50 billion FCFA in financial irregularities detected by the Auditor General

A report from the Office of the Auditor General of Mali reveals mismanagement of funds allocated to the fight against COVID-19. The total amount of financial irregularities, according to the report, amounts to CFAF 50,733,274,104.

The report of the Office of the Auditor General of Mali on the management of State resources used in the fight against COVID-19 for the fiscal year 2020, was published on Monday, June 13, 2021.

Among the irregularities observed, the audit indicates that the President of the CCIM had contracts for the acquisition of masks without contract, for an amount of 9,462,500,000 FCFA. “The verification team noted that within the framework of the presidential program“ Un Malien – un masque ”, at a cost of 10,942,500,000 FCFA, the CCIM received masks and paid suppliers without having drawn up market contracts. beforehand, ”the report says. The latter also denounces the fact that the President of the CCIM authorized the payment of contracts without the payment of registration fees and the regulatory fee for an amount of FCFA 37 8087 500.

To this are added “6,500,000,000 FCFA, the amount not deposited in the banks by the Managing Director of the Private Sector Guarantee Fund in accordance with the provisions of the agreement. According to the report, the Coordinator of the Jigisemejiri Project did not return the remainder of the unused COVID-19 fund which amounts to 30,097,471,525 FCFA and its undue expenditure on the fund amounts to 25,200,000 FCFA. The report continues that the Special Advance Registrar of the Ministry of Malians Abroad incurred undue expenses amounting to 436,679,741 FCFA. The report also indicates that the Minister of Economy and Finance and the Minister of Industry and Trade ordered an undue expenditure of 2,085,600,000 FCFA for the benefit of an economic operator. At the level of the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection, 5 090 078 FCFA of irregular expenses of the imprest administrator on the Covid-19 fund were noted. The billing surplus paid to EDM SA on free consumption amounts to 760 177 650 FCFA. “The Managing Director and the Commercial Director of EDM-SA invoiced the State more than the energy consumption granted free of charge”, according to the audit. He will add that the Administrative and Financial Director and the Special Advance Registrar of the Prime Minister’s office made 202 802 875 FCFA in unjustified expenses. The report explains that the heads of tax centers reduced the registration fee and the regulatory fee paid on contracts concluded by the OPAM to 27,381,557 FCFA.

The CEO of OPAM, adds the report, authorized the payment of unregistered contracts at a cost of 20,727,000 FCFA. The report also notes 144,630,000 FCFA of undue expenditure made by the Director General of the INSP.

A total of 536,926,178 FCFA of undue expenditure was noted in the six reference health centers in Bamako, the large hospitals (Mali hospital, Point G University Hospital, Gabriel Touré University Hospital), regional health offices and health centers (Kayes hospital, Kayes and Kita CSRÉf, Koulikoro Regional Health Directorate, Banamba CSRéf, Dioîla CSRéf, Kalaban-coro CSRéf, Kati CSRéf, Bocar Sidy Sall de Kati University Hospital, Kolokani, CSRéf of Koulikoro, Regional health directorate of Ségou, Nianankoro Fomba hospital in Ségou, CSRéf of Niono, Regional directorate of Sikasso, Sikasso hospital, etc.)

Madiassa Kaba Diakité

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