ACB arrests 3 other civil servants, 1 contractor: Malawi cashgate crackdown

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has made fresh arrests of three other civil servants from the Ministry of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities and also from Ministry of Finance.

ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that all the arrested persons will be taken to court to be charged after they have been interviewed by the bureau.

“On 28th and 29th October, 2013, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Deusdedit Tenthani, assistant accountant, Chikondi Chimutu principal accountant; and Khumbo Banda accounts personnel in the Ministry of the Ministry of Disability and the Elderly and Pensions department in the Ministry of Finance respectively,” reads the statement.

The bureau established that between November 2010 and May 2011 the three together with others conspired to defraud Malawi Government of huge sums of money.

Tenthani: Nabbed

Tenthani: Nabbed

Chimutu: Nabbed

Chimutu: Nabbed

ACB also on October 30, 2013 arrested Cecilia Mervin Nga’mbi, owner of Protem Civil contractors on allegation that she corruptly procured the services of a public officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to defraud Malawi Government.

Since the cashgate started, the biggest arrested fish has been Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Tressa Namathanga.

Ministers for Disability and the Elderly Reen Kachere and Ken Lipenga of Finance and Ralph Kasambara of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and deputy minister of Industry and Trade Sam Ganda who is son in law to Kachere were also sacked in cabinet after  dissolving the previous one last week amid fraud and corruption  allegations.

The Malawian leader has also brought in some new faces in her new cabinet, among them non-politicians.

Maxwell Mkwezalamba was named new finance minister and Fahad Assani new justice minister, who once served as the country’s attorney.

Since September, there have been multiple arrests of government officials at the Treasury, Accountant General and the Office of the President and Cabinet, who were allegedly involved in a fraud scandal of millions of dollars.

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