Malawi President Joyce Banda has appointed Chauncy Simwaka as Ministry of Finance budget director in acting capacity while the holder of the office Paul Mphwiyo recovers following his shooting last month.
Simwaka’s appointment has been confirmed by spokesman in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Arthur Chipenda
Mphwiyo is at Milpark Hospital in South Africa in the general ward after surgical doctors removed four bullets from his body and reconstructed his jaw . His condition is reported to be improving as he is able to talk.
President Banda – who he was coming from the United States of America [USA] where, among other engagements, she attended the General Assembly of the United Nations – on Tuesday reportedly visited Mphwiyo on Tuesday at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg South Africa.
According to Malawi Embassy health attaché Nedson Fosiko , President Banda failed ti meet Mphwiyo as the budget director had been discharged.
She was however able to see Minister Eunice Kazembe who is receiving treatment.
Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting government said he was targeted because of his fight against corruption and fraud, but other reports have revealed an existence of a syndicate that has been swindling government through illegal encashment of government cheques.
Other reports have indicated that the shooting was a result of a deal gone sour and linked the incident to senior government officials including ministers.
The Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara and private lawyer Wapona Kita, who are believed to have connections to the shooting, came out through the press to distance themselves from the incident.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is said to have since intensified investigations on the entire public service as that government abandoned the government payment system the Integrated Financial Information Management System (IFMIS) pending the outcome of the investigations.
Major development partners including the USA, United Kingdom, the European Union and five others called on government to conduct thorough investigation over the corruption reports surrounding the shooting.
While Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) director John Kapito is calling for Banda and Finance Minister Ken Lipenga’s resignations.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :