The Ministry of Home Affairs misapplied K2, 494, 407 to buy 20 hecters of land for the construction of an air base and police houses for the institution, Ministry permanent secretary Chileshe Mulenga this to the Public Accounts Committee on Friday.
Appearing before the Committee on Public Accounts, Dr Mulenga admitted that the funds were missaplied because procurement of 20 hectors was not in the 2014 budget.
Dr Mulenga said he regretted having diverted the funds which were meant for the construction of a forensic laboratory.
And Chama North Member of Parliament January Zimba accused the controlling officers of underming the operations of Parliament.
Mr Zimba said there was no way a controlling officer could go against the resolution of Parliament. He said it was Parliament which approved the budget and therefore the controlling officer should not have gone against Parliament’s approval.
And Mafinga member of Parliament Catherine Namugala said it was unaccpetable to use K2.4 million to aqcure land which was not budgeted for.
Ms Namugala later demanded that the controlling officers produces documents supporting his submission on the missing funds.
And Leuna Member of Parliament Getrude Imenda, who is committee chairperson, demanded for an apology from the controlling officer for misleadig MPs.
Ms Imenda discovered that K2, 494, 407 was missing in the Auditor General’s report because the fund was diverted to a programme which was not budgeted for.
Dr Mulenga appologized, admitting that he was at fault for diverting funds to a project which was not in the budget.
Earlier, Dr Mulenga admitted that the Auditor General’s report was correct that there was unaccounted revenue amounting to K10, 266 collected at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport police. He however said a total of K5, 616 for receipt number ranging from 3730601 to 3730634 was deposited on March 19, 2014 at Bank of Zambia.
“It is unfortunate the officer invloved in this matter is late. Therefore, the balance of K4, 610 will be recovered from the officer’s terminal benefits,” Dr Mulenga said.