Karonga cashgate: Council suspend director of finance Sanderson Nyirenda over K3.7mil looted

Officials of the Karonga district council have suspended a Director of Finance (DOF) Sanderson Nyirenda with an immediate effect after he allegedly embezzled about K3.7 million from local revenue since January this year.

Karonga council officials in a full council meeting

Karonga council officials in a full council meeting

According to the report presented to the full council meeting on Friday by the chairperson for the district financial service committee councillor Katambika Msiska, their investigation has revealed that Nyirenda pocketed K3.7 million only in April 2016.

He said the development has made the council fail to pay the salaries of its direct employees as well as utility bills for three months within the stated period.

“After seeing that the council is failing to meet the three months wage bills despite generating a lot of funds from our markets, we conducted an investigation,” said Msiska.

“It is where we noted that millions of kwacha was misused by Mr. Nyirenda. For instance, K1.8 million from local revenues within the month of April is nowhere to be seen so is the K2.6 million for water and electricity bills,” he revealed.

He further said “Nyirenda has also been circulating fake revenue tickets to steal the money and has failed to explain to us.”

In his remarks, Paramount Chief Kyungu proposed to dismiss the accused saying “this will be a lesson to others.”

“I also order the council to sell all the big mansions that officers here build within the district because the money they used was stolen from the council, enough is enough,” added Kyungu.

However, the officials agreed to suspend the DOF for unspecified period in order to pave way for their investigation.

They then settled to establish a temporary revenue caretaker that will run on the department of finance within the period.

Karonga district council officials are making news for bad reasons on w issues of misusing public fund a development that has affects number of projects.

Recently, hundreds of flood victims at Kakoma camp who were supposed to be the beneficiaries for the K5 million President Peter Muthalika’s donation in the district stormed the District Commissioner’s office after smelling a rat.

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Ku Mchinji kwatani? GO deeper man of God?

Concerned Citizen

Please abale anga ma civil servants the problem is us who tend to portray our immediate bosses like small gods…often the times people in Malawi we give unnecessary spaces for district controlling officers such as DCs, DADOs, DHOs, DEMs, etc…you see them stealing but kungokhala chete…this country wont develop in this way.

Anytime we suspect misuse of funds lets quickly report such cases to police as well as the media. Otherwise, the rest of the country should not suffer because of the few selfish individuals…Bvuto aMalawi kuzolowera kupeleka ulemu even kwamunthu woti akutibera…


Kwasala ku Mchinji! Nyirenda and Mchinji DOF are the same.


Sick nation. Nation of thieves.

Very sad indeed to see the once disciplined Malawi civil servants, known throughout the world for their hard work and discipline have degraded so low. Where have malawians gone so wrong? Is it multi party democracy? Is it the central government failing to run the country? If malawians understand better the Kamuzu way of enforcing discipline under one party democracy, so let be it other than running the country into the state it is now. Think of thugs wielding pangas into Church gathering and no arrests; politicians rooting and yet being recycled back into government as law makers; the list… Read more »

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