Malawi Police Service (MPS) has arrested three people in connection to the shooting of Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo who was poised to unveil a network of corruption.
Mphwiyo, who was shot thrice by an unidentified gunman in Lilongwe’s low density suburb of Area 43 on Friday night, is battling for his life in a South African hospital .
The shooting took place outside his house.
Inspector General (IG) of Police Lot Dzonzi said the arrests follow police investigations and that the suspects will help in pursuing leads. The particulars of the suspects were not immedietly disclosed but that Police were ” interrogating them”.
Dzonzi said Police has “collected several pieces” in the matter.
The government said the shooting was not what had appeared to be a robbery gone wrong, but an attempt on Mphwiyo’s life.
The shooting was “a planned and targeted attack aimed at silencing him and the government in the fight against high levels of corruption and fraud,” the presidency said in a statement.
President Joyce Banda, who appointed Mphwiyo, 37, in July as the budget chief, told state radio that he was on the verge of busting a corruption ring.