Ex-Malawi envoy tells govt to investigate ambassador, ministry officials over fraud

Malawi’s former ambassador to Japan, Dr John Chikago has told the government to investigate the country’s envoy to Ethiopia, Chimango Chirwa following revelations that public money amounting to K184 million has been abused.

Chikago:   Probe the ambassador and other ministry officials

Chikago: Probe the ambassador and other ministry officials

Ambassador Chimango chirwa: Should also be probed

Ambassador Chimango chirwa: Should also be probed

Chikago said recalling the deputy ambassador Doreen Kapanga from the mission was not a solution.

“The deputy ambassador cannot authorize any payment. The ambassador is the in charge of the mission. He is the one who authorizes payments. He does this in agreement with officials from the ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said.

He therefore said there was need to widen the net of investigation to include the ambassador and the officials from the Foreign Affairs ministry.

Chikago said the K184 million that has been abused falls under special funding.

“The investigation should start from the ministry of foreign affairs, those who were sending the money, the culprits should be fired. Am sure there is a syndicate in the ministry that is abusing the money,” he said.

Chikago, who is also second director of Foreign Affairs in opposition Malawi Congress Party also tipped the government to ensure that embassies are funded only after getting expenditure returns that shows how monthly funds are used.

Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee challenged the government to institute audits in all its missions to find out the extent of the fraud.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila  said President Peter Mutharika has also ordered that the National Audit Office should take over the audit in Ethiopia.

“We need to audit all of our embassies to make sure that no single penny has been lost through these dubious transactions. Secondly, for those that were involved, there sure will be measures taken.”

“It is a criminal offense, and that has already been reported to the law enforcers, for them to take action,” said Kasaila

He added that other measures would be taken to make sure that there is a financial management system in all embassies and ensure that such transactions never happen again.

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Mathanyula
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Mathanyula
5 months 2 days ago

Where are the government reforms????? Mathanyula is finding out tha it is easier said than done ……….it’s business as usual all over

Suzgho Mukwena Ngwira
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Suzgho Mukwena Ngwira
5 months 2 days ago
it is not fair to keep apportioning blame on those that are excavating rottenness. Its sad that we Malawians always want to be judges and prosecutors and prison warders at the same time. The Audit time frame is very clear and it must not be used in a smokescreen to hallucinate authorities so as to think it is the current ambassador who is presiding over the looting. This will go to the roots of the matter and soon truth and nothing but the truth shall come out. Ambassador Chirwa is one of the brightest, youngest and efficient leaders that can… Read more »
Masozi Mwenifumbo
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Masozi Mwenifumbo
5 months 2 days ago
Mr Chikago, Thanks for opening our minds on the issue………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. My fellow Malawians, how will we continue in this cancerous corruption and evil, whilst we continue calling ourselves (most of us) Christians who are waiting for the soon coming LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!! Please, repent and be converted in spirit, heart, and soul, otherwise we will not be ready and will soon be easy meat for these now bloodthirsty and global-control-thirsty Antichristic powers currently being prevented to accomplish their wicked satanic agendas. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Repent you lovers of money, otherwise you will not escape from the impending wrath of God. To you… Read more »
chete
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chete
5 months 2 days ago
THIS IS THE PROBLEM OF APPOINTING PEOPLE INTO POSITIONS BASED ON TRIBE. NOW THEY HAVE STARTED STEALING BECOZ THEIR BELIEF IS THAT THEY SUFFERED DURING THE TIME OF JOICE BANDA AND NOW ITS THEIR TURN. THERE IS TOO MUCH FAVOURITISM GOING ON IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND I DONT KNOW WHY OUR WATCHDOG ARE NOT TAKING ACTION. IF PEOPLE DONT KNOW, ABOUT 90% OF PROMOTIONS IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND MINISTRIES, PARASTATALS, EMBASSIES ARE GOING TO MULHAKO WA ALHOMWE. I URGE PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (PAC) TO INVESTIGATE AND THEY WILL BE SHOCKED. DEPARTMENTS ARE READY TO COOPERATE. THIS GOVERNMENT IS SEROUSLY STINKING!!… Read more »
nyirenda wa pa mchesi
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nyirenda wa pa mchesi
5 months 2 days ago

Ambassador Chirwa anathyola galimoto ya embassy atatenga chibwenzi ethiopian usiku pokamusiya. It was Fletcher Chowe who repaired it without informinf governemt. Its a Toyota fortuner. Find out.

Mbwiye
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Mbwiye
5 months 2 days ago

MmaEmbassy muli kuba zedi. Tapitani pa South Africa mukaone momwe akubera Naomi Saukila, Masina ndi kamzimai kenakake kakafupi kamwano akuti Irenga. Ukuso ku Foreign Affairs kuli mbava za accounts zomwe zimatulusa ndalama mogwirizana ndi anthu ammaEmbassy. Cheeeee! Nditodabwa! Ine ndangonena zinathyole mkwani.

Mwini filimu.
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Mwini filimu.
5 months 2 days ago

Chimango Chirwa is 100% Lhomwe from Thyolo. This cashgate has taken place under his watch. He is in bed with his fellow cadets and they are using him and his office in Ethiopia to steal government money. Recall him.

Che Mbwiye
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Che Mbwiye
5 months 2 days ago

Remember when the then Reserve Bank govener constructed a K43 million swimming pool under the influence of his youthful wife Gift. He didn’t stop from there but to embessle public funds as well in Nairobi after doing the same is India. ACB do something

Agricultur Payrollgate
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5 months 2 days ago
People who once stole money would not agree with what John Chikago is indicating here. Unpatriotic Malawians will have no solution to an underlining problem. Shame! By the way, how is payroll gate case at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security progressing? When are court cases commencing because am an interested person since my tax was stolen by these stupid people? Ine iyiyo sindiisiya chifukwa panali kamba wina wache ku Chalichi cha CCAP amene amakhala dolo pakupereka ndalama zakhaninkhani pakakhala msonkhamsonkha wa mpingo. Kuyang’ana udindo wache, garu wachabechabe. Ankabwebwetuka kunena kuti mpingowo siwa anthu aku Mpoto kapena ku… Read more »
Ndanena
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Ndanena
5 months 2 days ago
Cash gate using embassies is a well known thing in government. The trail starts at the ministry of foreign affairs who issue the instruction to remit funds to the reserve bank. The Reserve Bank acts on the instruction as the account from which the kwacha is deducted is always a fat one…the Treasury does not require returns and reconciliation to fund this account. So the Rbm remitts the funds to the earmarked or used embassy. Then a network of officials with the full knowledge of the ambassador remit back the funds back to Malawi. These are the funds that are… Read more »
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