Govt suspends two for intimidating auditors at Malawi embassy in Ethiopia

Malawi government has suspended its two top officers at Ministry of  Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for allegedly  intimidating a member of  the audit team who are currently auditing the Malawian Embassy in Ethiopia following revelations that K293 million was siphoned out of the public purse and deposited into personal accounts.

Mkondiwa: The two were

Mkondiwa: The two were

Theft of public resources at the mission was detected April 2016 after former secretary for administration and finance, Fletcher Chowe, wrote a cheque in his name.

The cheque was signed by Malawi’s deputy ambassador to Ethiopia Doreen Kapanga.

According to the letter dated 29 April and signed by George Mkondiwa the Chiefs Secretary to Government,  the suspended  officials are Martin Kantikana the Deputy Director of the Administration as well as Grant Kayipa.

The suspension is for a period of three months but on full pay salary.

Mkondiwa said in the letter that the two asked  Gift Mawango, a member of auditing team assigned to investigate at the Addis Ababa mission, to  “safeguard” Chowe who has been involved in the fraudulent of the transactions at the Embassy.

The Chief Secretary said that the actions taken by the two were “prejudicial to the administration, discipline or efficiency of the Civil Service contrary to the Malawi Public Service Regulation 1:201 (19).”

Mkondiwa said in the letter that “in view for the above and in accordance to the Malawi Public Service Commission Regulation (MPSCR) 45 (1), I am here to suspend you from the exercise of powers and functional of your offices with the effect from 28 April 2016 to pave a way for the investigation of the allegation as well as un-interference progression of the audit in the Ethiopia.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila said auditors who were assigned to investigate “have indeed uncovered massive fraudulent activities taking place at the mission”.

Kasaila said the officials implicated were using “a well-crafted operation” to siphon money out of the public purse, which they would then deposit in their personal accounts.

“The report shows this systematic and merciless plunder of public resources at the Addis Ababa mission started in 2013,” said Kasaila.

The fraud has all the characteristics of the infamous Cashgate, which saw government losing multi-billions of public funds.

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18 thoughts on “Govt suspends two for intimidating auditors at Malawi embassy in Ethiopia”

  1. Kadewele says:

    vuto lolemba ntchito ana achemwali ana achimwene apongozi. see now your failing to take action on the culprits. but what you should know is that you re punishing innocent people in the hospitals, schools, agriculture sector and many more institutions of which one day things will turn against you nothing is forever. mark my words. lero ndinu madolo mawa tiona adzakhala dolo ndani

  2. Chronicles says:

    Hehehehe!!! but this indeed is a crazy world.engaging civil servants to act like mafias kuopseza ma auditors..I have one free advice for you two “mafias” kaipa and kantikana, you are still young and please be useful to yourself and desist from being used by these filthy politicians. Remember, God is very much around, and is watching, do me a favour will you, stop this!!

  3. Bob Chiswe says:

    I agree with Chindere 100 per cent.

  4. Makanja says:

    koma malawi, aaah!!!
    now, when people steal all this money, what do they do with it?
    they steal money and someone else dies in hospital for lack of medicine. are they themselves going to be healthy after that? these people are naive: there is a law of karma; religious or not, we humans reap what we sow. when we deliberately cause death like this, the gods immediately put logs of fire on our bodies and we fall sick. our sickness could take years to manifest, long after the theft is forgottenits not surprising that healthiest BLOOD in the country is found in the down-trodden rural poor. This is how GOD does it.

  5. Chindere says:

    Well all these fraud havent started now. At foreign affairs Mkondiwa the current chief secretary was the PS when all this fraud was being perpetrated. He either is complicit to it or is an incompetent administrator that he never detected the fraud when he was PS. Surely he should have been examining expemditure returns and would have seen that expenditure was too high at addis embassy compared to other embassies. And with such incompetence ot dishonesty he is head of civil service. Are we surprised then that Malawi is the poorest country in the world?

  6. Magufuli says:

    Tribalism at its core. So chaponda recruited his sister at Foreign affairs to be spokesperson!!1 KKKKK

  7. The real northerner says:

    I also do not understand this government. Why are these thieves left unarrested. What is the government trying potray to the taxpayers. Dorreen has been a thief and is still a thief. Why is she still uncaught.

  8. Zilani says:

    The truth about cashgate is that it benefits the powerful, including the presidents.

    This is corruption at it’s highest level. There is high chance that the proceeds from such loot benefited some parties.

    Ironically, when politicians change party colours they don’t change their character. Cashgate keeps hoping from one govt to another.

    Possibly, current govt’s cashgate will only be known after they’re out of power. That’s why parties aim at winning elections more than fighting corruption. Access to public Info law has been changed not to take care of what is happening today just in case current administration is out of govt next elections.

    Engaging auditors is just a face- saver gimmick. How many audit reports have been shelved at Capital Hill pending disciplinary action?

    None of the audit reports will ever be concluded.

  9. FKR says:

    Its easy…Does Malawi really need an embassy in Ethiopia ? I didn’t thing so, close it down and safe tax payers hard earned money. That should go for embassies in other non functioning countries

  10. Zilani says:

    No wonder Malawi is now a thieving nation.

    We are even scared to arrest culprits. Main reason is that, if they’re arrested, they will spill the beans about being a well wisher to some party or some presidential iniative or some first lady’s trust.

    Even the cashgaters know in advance how to bribe their way out.

    Cashgate will be hard to fight if govt continue trampling on Access to Info bill.

    Eventually, when we suggest it’s deliberate, they’re all arms up stalking whistle blowers.

    Unfortunately, legal crooks are also in it. Who is not in it?

  11. Ngalamayi says:

    Until we Malawians change our culture of believing that it’s OK to steal, especially from our boss or the institution for which we work, Malawi will be poor. When these matters are finally brought to light, we spend years and much more public money ‘investigating’, putting small fish on trial… but convictions are few and employees learn that crime pays! The big fish remain free.

  12. cashgate says:

    I feel sorry for my brother Kantikana. wangofera zaeni. He is new at MOFAIC eni ake koma a Kayipa wo. the guy is filthly rich for his position. He is untouchable. He is never moved from the ministry coz he buys everybody. He has well known connections at Accountant General and Treasury. Akudziwana anthuwa!
    The plunder started long time ago and if our auditors are worth the name, they will uncovered a lot of mess in most embassies. Vuto ndi loti there are very few auditors that CANNOT be bought these days. I salute those that went to Ethiopia.
    Now I hear the police are reluctant to arrest those on the wrong in the Ethiopia scam. Cry my beloved country!

  13. zoona says:

    If govt was to seriously audit every embassy few would remain. Remember the same scandal was once pepetrated by late Chimwemwe Ngwira and the current Director of pensions in Ministry of finance Ambrose Mzoma. There is a lot of theft in embassies. Will govt audit New York? I doubt very much. The systems are very weak and it takes time to detect fraud. How do you deposit stolen money into your personal account? Is this insolence, carelessness or stupidity? Doreen should have learnt from her experience when she was first arrested by her employer the police service. Yes she was acquitted and i believe she will be acquitted again because our auditors are too dull they cant do a good job.

  14. Thoko says:

    A Martin kusamva uku. You mean after NIB kuzakhala panyumba for sometime when UDF lost it kumapnganso zibwan zimenezi ndi ntchito? Some people never learn. Zinazi tamakulani and musiye kuba

  15. Tikukuonani says:

    Much as we can appreciate the revelation of the fraud and the investigations being carried out to nail the devils stealing,killing and destroying the resouces and lives of innocent malawians but its surprising to note that suspects are being mentioned but not arrested,delayed arrests always provide space and time for suspects to destroy evidence.if we are able to mention the suspects it means the important part of investigations is done.As innocent malawians/taxpayers are starving economically even civil servants pocketing little and late some illmindedand ingrateful creatures who were entruted to build are destroying.sometimes it helps me define the satanasts,these are some of them stealing huge some of money at the expense of poor and innocent malawians living without food and medicine…basi kwinaku ndiyamba kulakwa chifukwa cho kwiya iwill continue mtima wanga ukatsika.Mark 8v36 will finsh for me today(what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul.

  16. Kuba Sikutha says:

    If this government was serious in curbing theft of our tax they should have been thorough in the audits. Mr Kantikana has been stealing government money through the Malawi mission to the UN in New York. His accomplice is the accountant at the Embassy Mr Aubrey Saiwala who happens to be nephew-in-law to former minister of foreign affairs George Chaponda. When auditors came to audit the Embassy they were hosted by the accountant. That was a directive from Chaponda to have the guys palm oiled. If you want to know what fraud is audit the N.Y. Embassy earnestly. But because Chaponda is involved you won’t do it. God is watching you

  17. MOKOWA says:

    CASH GATE YALOWA
    MASANJE

  18. me says:

    Why has nobody been arrested? Govt is not serious here. Kapanga and Chowe are walking freely and they can tamper with witnesses and evidence. After all they have too much stolen money to bribe anybody. Why shield them.

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