Malawi Govt Introduces new receipt to curb Fraud

By Staff Writer

The Accountant General’s office has announced the release of a new receipt effective March 1, 2015 in efforts to curb rampant fraud in government departments.

In a press statement released this week the office said that the new general receipt (GR) has enhanced security features and a specialised numbering system and state of the art printing paper.

“The introduction of these new GRs has been necessitated by the practice of parallel printing of counterfeit government GRs by some unscrupulous individuals with an intention to defraud Malawi,” reads the statement in part.

The forging and printing of fake receipts was one of the methods which was being used by some people in the cash gate scandal which saw government lose billions of tax payers money.

“Effectively, all concerned parties are advised that effective March, 1st, 2015, old General Receipts shall not be issued against payment of goods and services by government ministries, departments and agencies…all government clients are therefore advised not to accept old GRs after this date,” reads the statement in part.