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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32 thoughts on “Ex-Malawi envoy tells govt to investigate ambassador, ministry officials over fraud”

  1. Mathanyula says:

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

  2. Suzgho Mukwena Ngwira says:

    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 not partake in this vulgar maladministration.

  3. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    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 patriotic, faithful, justice-seekers, and whistle-blowers, may the good Lord bless you as he blessed Mordecai for whistle-blowing in the book of Esther!!!!!! In Jesus’s name!!!!!! Amen!!!!!!! ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Arise O Yahweh God, our Heavenly Father, and judge the Church and nations as per Malachi 3-4, 1 Peter 4:17-18, and Psalms 82. “For it is time for judgement to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God. And if the the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the UNGODLY AND THE SINNER????” Church, Malawi, and nations of the world; fear God and God alone, not man or creature, and do justice, and God will surely bless you abundantly, FOR WOE TO EVERYONE WHO OBEYS AND WORSHIPS THE CREATURE ABOVE GOD AT THE EXPENSE AND DAMNATION OF THEIR OWN SOUL!!!!

  4. chete says:

    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!!

    WHERE WILL PATRIOTISM COME FROM WITH THIS OPEN FAVOURITISM?

    I ASK LIVINGSTONIA SYNOD, KAMLEPO KALUA, CEDEP, CHRR, OPPOSITION PARTIES, PAC, RELIGIOUS BODIES, CIVIL SOCIETY, NKHOMA SYNOD AND ALL CONCERNED PEOPLE TO RISE UP AND SPEAK ABOUT THESE PEOPLE. WE ALL PAY TAX AND MALAWI IS FOR US ALL.

    START WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF PRINCIPAL SECRETARIES AND CHIEF DIRECTORS, YOU WILL BE SHOCKED.

    MALAWI DZUKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. nyirenda wa pa mchesi says:

    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.

  6. Mbwiye says:

    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.

  7. Mwini filimu. says:

    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.

  8. Che Mbwiye says:

    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

  9. 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 Mwera koma wa anthu apakati pano. Chitsiru cha munthu. Ameneyu mkwizingeni nawo unyolo!

  10. Ndanena says:

    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 building Lilongwe; funding the ruling parties.
    So I don’t think NAO will do anything,. Involve interpol to follow the money…from Rbm back to Malawi…you will be surprised

  11. Bolero says:

    No. 2. Chimango is not a northerner but Doreen is. He bears a northern name but is 100% from Thyolo. The Ambassador my not have been involved in the fraud as the syndicate happened before he was appointed

  12. International Observer says:

    I believe the lady alleged to have misappropriated embassy funds is a grown up person and has guts and a mouth to talk for herself. Now I wonder why individuals should start poking their noses in businesses that do not involve them. If this was a conspiracy within the embassy staff I am sure the lady won’t accept to have her neck only on the chopping board. The fact that one worked for an embassy in the past doesn’t make that person wiser enough, or is he trying to enlighten us that the easiest funds to swindle in foreign services is the one he has pointed out and surely he is speaking from experience? Bwanji kodi Dr. Chikago, mudzimangitsa zinthu zoti sizanu chifukwa chobwebwetuka.

  13. Semadi says:

    We already heard that Chaponda had and Chirwa were all eying for Kapanga nee Chavula and that Kapanga was warned earlier by Chaponda that if she doesn’t report to the hotel were Chaponda was accommodating Kapanga would see the door home.Chirwa also was going with the woman and told her that if worse comes to its peak he will find a new job for her in Ethiopia than losing her to Chaponda. Minyendo yavuta.

  14. kamulonde says:

    But the guy though in charge of the Embassy and another thief whom the Government will fail to catch him Chirwa is sick can you see MILOMO YACHE WAPAKA LIP STICKS???AKUDWALA MUNTHU RE CALL HIM SOON

  15. Ndafunsa says:

    I DONT UNDERSTAND THE MIDDLE NAME OF GEORGE CHAPONDA, THE WRITER SAYS CHAPWISA CHAPONDA?

  16. kamulonde says:

    comment number 2, kapanga is also a northener. she is nee chavula.

  17. khanyiziral says:

    Chicago has gone straight to the point. Chirwa must be answerable to all these. What does he do in the office without checking with the bank monthly? Amapanga chani mu office after all embassy of ethiopia is always busy during summits basi and the other days amangokhala. Why wasnt he checking with the bank to see if all is in order? Amadya onse asawawoneke as if sizikumukhudza.

    Chirwa anathyolanso galimoto ya embassy and it the same Chowe who repaired it without government approval. Being the ambassador i think he was asking these two people to cash on his behalf and share the monies.

    Point or correction, Kapanga was recalled last year before this incident.

  18. Thongomilo says:

    Now when we dont have facts let not comment. Doreen Kapanga (nee Chavula) is from North..so lets stop this. I dont know where Chimango is from. Second, Doreen was acting ambassador fopr sometime after Klailangwe left the mission as such she could have been in charge…..these are facts bamabo Chikago should have before commenting willy nilly……

  19. Myao says:

    Send a thief to catch a thief, this is what am seeing in ChiCargo here.
    Ulenje umasimba wako!

    Cargo nthawi yako inapita ndi aSofa msana wa ma disc hi hi hi! Stop applying for govt jobs in the media!

  20. Chaponda says:

    Dorin Mvula Kapanga she is from Karonga district not from the south as one idiot is giving a false story.

  21. ZINAZI CHARLES says:

    TIKAMATI MA WELL WISHERS

    WELL WISHERS

    NDI MBAVA ZOTEROZO OSATI
    MA DONORS KAPENA AMWENYE
    IYAYI .

    MUWONANSO SENTENCING YACHE KUKAKHALA KU COURT
    NDI 2 MONTHS OR I YEAR IMPRISONMENT

    OR PRESIDENTIAL PARDON
    BASI ZATHA.

  22. Billy says:

    No.2 cooked up case
    You have really cooked up your argument. Doreen Kamanga is from the north but previously married to a souherner. Check your facts first before making a fool of yourself.

  23. Moya says:

    Chimango chirwa is smarter than this, whether involved or not he wouldnt leave any trail…..focus on what u have and don’t drag others into the mad. Chikago u had ur time time at the embassy and your hands are full of the same mad. Paja they say it takes a thief to catch a thief..probably go deeper.

  24. Jembe says:

    By the way, Mr No. 2 this Chirwa is from Mulanje. Save your anti-North verbosity for another day.

  25. Kenkkk says:

    I told you about dpp thieving and cashgating in the embassies. Dpp is trying very hard to invent as many as possible new cashgating avenues to raise money for 2019 and for purely self-enrichment of individual dpp guru top brass thugs.

    And you cooked up case, please don’t tribalise or regionalise this dpp thieving. As I understand this Ethiopia ambassador despite carrying a northern name is actually not a northerner. He comes from the south. In any case thieving of govt money involved malawians from all walks of life and regions, not just from a specific region.

    Now you can see why dpp gurus were trying to distinguish between theft and corruption and instructing their acb cohorts not to get involved in pursuing massive theft of govt coffers. This is embassies cashgate and dpp is at the forefront of it. Dpp is not the party or govt that can seriously eradicate cashgate or thieving of govt coffers. All these trials are just cosmetic until real big fish are caught and brought to court.

  26. The Partriot says:

    @COOKED UP CASE, how come you can only see everything in a regionalistic prism? Basi mukangoona wakumpoto mwaona the cause of the problem? Please get a life, this has nithing to do with North and South. Money has been stolen by a Malawian and the Malawian government is investigating! Thats the gist of the matter. No more no less. Otherwise ukhalira yomweyo , concentrating on regionalism anzanu alibe nazo ntchito zimenezo, za chikale zosankhana mitundu!!! Shame!!

  27. peter Kapanda says:

    Hahahaha this person named cooked up case is definately kape wa ku diaspora you don’t understand the situation back home full of nepotism ya nthawi ya Kamuzu. You have missed the point and for your information the deputy is from the north and the ambassador’s mother is from the south. The ambassador is just new and was in the private sector before at Standard Bank. Mwatani achicago kodi? I used to respect you koma ndinu ofoila, kape.

  28. Mlungisi Lungu says:

    By the way Chimango Chirwa is from Mulanje and not the north. Go check your records. Why do you hate innocent northerners?

  29. Go says:

    I can see the Turtle Chaponda involved in this cash-gage at the foreign affairs.

  30. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    Growing up is hard and costly . . .
    . . .When we were young and less knowledgeable about issues; life was gay, dandy and free.
    . . . But growing up, and acquiring knowledge and starting to know whats going on around; quickly gets one worried about life and concerned about their country.
    . . . I now believe that knowing too much is not always a good thing.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Nanga . . .
    . . . is it healthy to always greet your ears with pricking news of some govt official stealing money somewhere?
    . . . is it fair to always surprise one’s heart with the need to pump more blood upon hearing news that the already bleeding country is still being milked?
    . . . Just how do we expect a country to develop like this, good people?; when all we hear day-in-day-out, is the govt purse being mercilessly ransacked by those entrusted with it’s safe custody and proper use?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . I just wish APM was a professor of law (not in name only); surely, being president; he could have swifty and single-handedly reviewed all these useless laws we have in Malawi and have some of these people’s heads, chopped off for this abject unpatriotism.
    . . . Of course the assumption is that APM is not party to all this madness. Otherwise, thieves have no business policing themselves and the corrupt always celebrate ACB’s lack of independence.
    . . . But its not possible to catch each and every one stealing govt’s money, hence the need to just kill one or give him/her the longest enough sentence, so as to warn the rest and this is only possible if our laws are reviewed.
    . . . Otherwise, izizi ndizokwiyitsa zedi!
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  31. COOKED UP CASE says:

    If you look carefully on this issue you will find that Chirwa the northener did not want to work with his debuty from the south. He probably earmarked another norther for this post, just ask him who he want to act in place of the deputy.

  32. Manyuchi says:

    How can DPP investigate itself? Stealing frm the embassies is a strategy that DPP instuted to raise money for 2019 campaign, thats why they have been appointing party diehard to represent Malawi in foreign mission so that they could be fundraising for the DPP. Those who are recalled were stealing for themselves after seing the party cronies stealing too much but with the blessing of George Wa Ziphwisi Chaponda.

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