Malawi cash-gate scandal: Government says it’s a crackdown

Malawi government has said the recent arrest of top officials at Capital Hill is a crackdown which is a result of intelligence it has been collecting on high level corruption at the government headquarters.
The Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Khumbo Kachale told a meeting with Development Partners in Lilongwe that the recent arrest from the Department of the Accountant General was the result of the crackdown
President Joyce Banda’s Press Officer Steve Nhlane referred to a speech the President made in Parliament on May on his government plan to root out high level corruption
“Information reaching my office suggests that there have been cases of fraud, embezzlement and misprocurement in several ministries, departments and statutory corporations. I am, therefore, requiring all Principal Secretaries, Chief Executives and all public officers who are aware of instances of fraud, embezzlement and misprocurement involving public funds in their institutions or that has come to their knowledge, to bring those matters to my attention as soon as possible….. Banda said State of the Nation Address on 18th May 2012)
“It is my reasoned view that for us to fight corruption, we need to build an efficient and effective public service that delivers on its mandate. For us to fight corruption, we need policies that emphasize equity and development. My Government is committed to ensure that we fight poverty by creating wealth and jobs so that people have access to decent incomes. My Government is developing new and unconventional ways to overcome corruption.”
Vice President Kachale aklso told a meeting between donors under the Common Approach to Budget Support CABS that the exercise would not spear any one.
Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has said that it would meet to discuss whether to continue with its Extended Credit Facility (ECF) to Malawi in line with the recent developments where civil servants working with the Accountant General have been defrauding Government of huge sums of money.
The arrests started with shooting of Malawi’s Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo who is battling for his life in South Africa after an attempt on his life.
Mphwiyo was shot three times by unknown assailants at the entrance of his residence in Area 43 in Lilongwe on Friday evening.
He was airlifted to South Africa to get more medical attention and his wife said he was in a critical but stable condition.
President Joyce Banda said the Budget Director was a victim of a corrupt syndicate that he had uncovered.
Speaking in Chichewa at a 9th Ijtima meeting, which is a gathering of Muslim women, at Lunzu, Blantyre on Saturday Banda said Mphwiyo’s assassins would be brought to book.
“Whoever stole money meant for purchasing of medicine and construction of school blocks will be caught despite the incident,” said Banda.
Later police arrested several high ranking civil servants who were caught with millions of kwachas in their cars.

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