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NNO speaks on alleged misappropriation of funds at NONM

Senior Advisor for the Norwegian Nurses Organisation (NNO), Kristin Iversen says there was no misappropriation of funds at National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) following an intense forensic audit by one of the biggest global audit firms last year.

Iversen said the exercise was a tough one and it was done because NNO wanted a review of all its partners including NONM.

She was speaking during the official opening of the 6th Biennial General Meeting (BGM) for NONM at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) in Lilongwe, Thursday.

“It became a long and labour-intensive process which basically halted most of NONM’s activities for months. Since funds were limited in the period, little information came out to NONM’s members. But the conclusion of the audit firm was; There was no misappropriation of funds,” said Iversen.

She said the audit report suggested that there is a room for improvement in some financial management procedures by NONM and so far a lot has been already to address those weaknesses.

“…And as NONM’s partner, we will continue to keep our focus on strengthening financial management, administration and internal control. And we will continue to do spot checks, reviews and audits,” she said.

Meanwhile, newly elected NONM President, Shouts Simeza has assured NNO that his leadership will ensure prudence and procedures in managing finances.

“Let me assure you our partners that we will do everything possible to ensure that we have proper financial management and you can be assured of proper use of the resources that you channel to us,” said Simeza.

NNO channels its financial support to NONM with funding from Norad.