Malawi govt appoints Financial Intelligence Unit boss: Atuweni-Tupochile Phiri

Malawi Government has appointed Mrs. Atuweni-Tupochile Phiri as Director of the Malawi Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

Head of FIU Atuweni-Tupochile Phiri

Head of FIU Atuweni-Tupochile Phiri

Her appointment is with effect from 2nd December 2014, according to communication from the Chief Secretary to the Government,  George Mkondiwa.

She was on an acting capacity from August 2012.

“This is a significant development for the country as it will improve the rating at regional and international levels on the country’s commitment towards fighting money laundering and terrorist financing,” said Mkondiwa.

“ We are hopeful that she will be confirmed by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament very soon. “

Mrs. Phiri joined the FIU in 2008 as Policy and Legal Advisor.

Apart from being one of the technocrats who took part in the development of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crime and Terrorist Financing Act which was passed in 2006, she has been very instrumental in various achievements of the Malawi FIU over the years among them: · the FIU’s admission as a member of the EGMONT Group of FIUs in 2009; · uncovering of fraud scams in the public sector through analyses of financial transactions  and capacity building of financial institutions in the country on their anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) obligations.

Others include; capacity building of law enforcement agencies; · leading Malawi’s participation in activities of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti- Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG); · entering into memorandum of understanding with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies such as the Malawi Police Service, Malawi Immigration Department, Revenue Authority and Reserve Bank of Malawi; · entering into memorandum of understanding with other FIUs like United States of America, Denmark, France, Kenya, Macedonia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe;.

Phiri is a holder of Master of Law (LL.M) in Public International Law obtained from Oslo University in 2004 and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree obtained in 2001 from the University of Malawi.

She is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a trained AML/CFT assessor under the 2012 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and Mutual Evaluation Procedures.

 

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46 thoughts on “Malawi govt appoints Financial Intelligence Unit boss: Atuweni-Tupochile Phiri”

  1. Alekenianene says:

    Amalawi chonde musiye nsanje. pali anthu ena akhala akudyerera maboma onse kuyambira boma la Muluzi mpaka pano akudyererabe.a VERY GOOD EXAMPLE NDI MRS HAWA NDILOWE. WAKHALA PS , KUMAEMBASSY NDIYE LOLO WHAT IS SPECIAL WITH HER AND YET NDIYE WA CASHGATE WENIWENI. WAMANGA MANYUMBA IYE NDI ABALE AKE AMBIRIMBIRI YOU COULD NOT QUESTION. ABALE ENA AKE MPAKA KUSIYA NTCHITO ZABWINO MA BANK KUFUNA KUMUTHANDIZA HAWA CASHGATE. PLEASE ATUWENI MUMUUNIKE HAWA NDILOWE NDI AZIBALE AKE. KODI INU MUKUMUNYOZA ATUWENI MUMAFUNA MUNAKAKHALA INU KAPENA ABALE ANU? WHAT YOU MUST KNOW IS THAT THERE IS GOD ABOVE IN HEAVEN WHO LOVES EVERYBODY SO STOP CASTIGATING THIS YOUNG INTELLIGENT LADY BECAUSE GOD WILL PUNISH YOU HEAVILY. IF AT ALL IT IS TRUE THAT HER MOTHER IS A NIECE TO DR CHAPONDA WHAT IS THE PROBLEM THERE. INUYO MUMAFUNA MUNAKAKHALA ABALE A DR CHAPONDA/ CHONDE SPARE THE HONOURABLE MINISTER, THIS MAN IS A GENTLEMAN AND A MAN OF FEW WORDS SO WHYPROVOKING HIM, SHAME FALL UPON YOU. CONGRATULATIONS ATUWENI NKHONDO YAKO WAYIMENYA NDI MULUNGU WAYENDA MAFUNDE OOPSYA BUT GOD HAS TAKEN CARE OF YOU AND THE SAME GOD WILL DO THE WORK FOR YOU SO THAT MALAWI CAN BE PUT ON THE MAP. CONGRANTS CONGRANTS ATUWENI

  2. timothy mauluka says:

    zero grazing.cashgate. jetgate.crude oilgate. campaignbuses-gate.did not catch any of these during her “acting” tenure. loser.

  3. clement says:

    Acting since 2012 not from 2012 koma atolankhani enanu umbuli sudzakutherani bullshit.

  4. Zosautsa says:

    Acting since 2012 until 2014. Cashagte happened the same period and no record of detecting as an achievement. CASHGATE PRODUCT. I don’t see FIE performing satisfactorily under her leadership.

    Otherwise congratulations.

  5. Sakhwi says:

    Nenaninso kuti makolo ake anakhomeleledwa ndi boma la Muluzi poti mayi ake ndi mchemwali wa Brown Mpinganjira. Koma na uyu yekha mulekeni anaphunzira yekha anali wa nzeru tili ana sizokokelansoyi izi

  6. Bimuba says:

    The face looks similar to one of the Kulambira Fame; known as Favoured Sisters, is she the one?

  7. chosatheka says:

    apart from the qualifications, i think the lady is gorgeous!!!!!

  8. Achanda Atonga says:

    Mwamuna wako uja ikamutenge ok………. Unasiya mwamuna wako mwana wa Mr Phiri, mayi ake amagwira ntchito ku PEP just because he is poor kkkkkkkk

  9. Chindazi says:

    Atuweni….. from the comments I can see that pipo do not wish you well. Some are from where you work others your friends you meet day day out in town. What I can say,,, they will talk and talk but not achieve anything… they are all losers.

    From me Chindazi… I say congratulations….. I pray that Parliament should approve your appointment… we need you on that desk…….

    Atuweni Juwayeyi Phiri….. ALL THE BEST…

  10. mwana mulopwana says:

    Something was not on , how can someone be on acting capacity since 2012 , This woman is an achiever from the looks of things, Congrants Atu, you deserve it

  11. Chenda says:

    what would have been the appropriate professional qualifications for a job dealing with money……………? I can see that Atuweni is a holder of very good law degrees.

  12. Mfwethu says:

    It doesn’t matter whether she sees Dr Chaponda as an uncle, she is well educated and has worked in the field for years, lets judge her based on her performance. People shouldn’t be ostracized just because they have blood relations with certain politicians because when she was studying for her Law degrees the so called Chaponda wasn’t with her. So she should not be sidelined just because she is connected. What is so frustrating is when some people are given positions which they can not perform and do not have the required papers for them.

  13. Mtonga wa Mtonga says:

    School ili choncho ndi nzukulutu wa Chaponda uyu.

  14. wing says:

    Ndi Mayi wa nzeru

  15. Jah Vier says:

    Congratulations Atuweni …..you deserve it! Praise be to God

  16. Piche Yakiti says:

    Congratulations Atu. Continue to be a people centered boss. Wish you all the best.

  17. H. Davis kabeta says:

    What exactly is she supposed to do for Malawi. What intelligence is there in malawi about finance. Can somebody educate me on what value will this position add to malawi. We seem to have failed completely as a country in any form of financial management hence money laundering cases in courts together with cash gate cases. What is this person and post all about ?????????

  18. Charter says:

    Congrats Atu!

  19. mdili ashingtonia wa mai C says:

    nachisale ndiwe chisilu eti! mumango yakhula kuti mutchuke muthuyi anaku uzani ndi nee chipendo ndindani uchisilu basi munthu ophunzila amaganiza asanapange comment kuti do i have the ryt info pa zomwe ndalembazi u r a shame, mwina akulembeni inuyo khope ngati pumbwa muli ndizokuyenelezani ntchito yabwino ngati imeneyo mufa ndi nsanje imeneyo anzanu aphula ntchito yamu aircon inu muku gagaza, all the be atuweni

  20. Suzgo says:

    Mukakhala azibambo inferiority complex ndie ikukuvutani.Congrats Atuweni. Musova Muli do kukamwa nyindu kuzolowera kudyesedwa mamuna ali gone mkumangozelezeka mma officemu. Atuweni is intelligent and simupuma nae bwino.

  21. APM says:

    It has pleased his excellency the state president to appoint. Stupid thing you meant no interviews.

  22. Witness says:

    Iam a lady and always applaud when a deserving lady is appointed to a higher post.Koma kunena zoona Atuweni has never impressed me if we talk of achievements.She is bright in class that is indisputable but practically mmmhhhh i doubt.Ku parliament adutsa.Azikadutsa,…… muisova.

  23. Kumbuyo Kucheta says:

    Congrats my Sister from another mother., am proud of you, you deserve it.
    Patience pays, you had to endure a tough 3years to be confirmed.

    May God give you guidance and protection as you continue servicing the nation inmthat capacity.
    Love you lots.

  24. clement says:

    Do not fill vacancies so that you are given a good rate by foreign bodies. You are good at impressing international communities and not Malawians

  25. zagwazatha says:

    she deliberately ignored cashgate to avoid embarrasing appointing authority. Dont trust her. There are bettet gurus out there.

  26. john phiri says:

    At least for the first time Government has appointed the right person for the right job, sizinazi iyayi. Congratulations Atuweni,

  27. Kadakwiza says:

    She was appointed to fight money laundering and financial terrorism, and was working as acting since August 2012. My question is, what has she achieved since 2012. Anthu ochokera mayiko akunja zikumveka kuti akutulutsa ndalama zambiri mbiri kupititsa kwawo. Nanga mayiwa agwirapo anthu angati chiyambire ntchito yawoyi? She will be confirmed by Public Appointment Committee on merit not because she comes from north, central, east or south. So good luck Mrs. Phiri. Wish you all the best.

  28. Batuso says:

    Good lucky cctr tìthandizeni ngakhale zavûta kale zìkatikanika osamalozana chala adaziipisa ndi awo awelamisa nkhopewö kuipa ngt Bibi ya nkhumba

  29. ged says:

    Thumbs up mama

  30. mmihavani says:

    The funny thing is that most of you commenting trash here never even passed MSCE or if you passed you accumulated 36 points. The lady deserves it. She has a masters degree. She acted on that position for long. Koma dzina lake akanakhala Chawezi Mabushi Nyirongo bwenzi mukuti kukamwa nyindu ngati kunyero yewo yewo yewo.

  31. nachisale says:

    mai ake a atuweni is nee chipendo ndipo akamawaona a chaponda ndi uncle awo. kkkk connections

  32. Mmmmmmh xul anachilimika nayo…! Congrants

  33. Big brain says:

    Brilliant lady

  34. botolo says:

    This is great news. Haters will always hate. Inu mukunyoza olo degree mulibe…mukhalila yomweyo. Always talking bad, ntima wa chikolopa basi. Musovenge. Mpando wanu umenewu mayi, asafuna asiye. Ife takunyadilani

  35. wanangwa says:

    How can someone act for almost 3 years? That is unfair.

  36. Alufeyo says:

    The appointment was done by Chilima. He told OPC to do it because of ……

  37. nyamalikiti says:

    Colleagues,

    This lady sharp and professional. These nasty comments are coming from some goats from Thekerani may be.

    Congrats my sister. What is meant for you, no one can take away from u. Do your job. Amangidwe amenewa achulewa.

  38. INU Lalirani says:

    if she is not Lhomwe, and if she is not from the South or Central, then she can be confirmed

    1. nenani sawasawa says:

      chindele

  39. ujeni says:

    Mr Mkondiwa, it should not be about ratings, thats window dressing. It should be about fighting graft

  40. mdili ashingtonia wa mai C says:

    timaziwa ansanje simumalephela make u r achievements tikuoneleni apa basi mwakhuta uko muti mupange comment zopanda nzeluzo she has achieved takunyadila

  41. nyamalikiti says:

    Mtima wa ufiti umenewo. You should be happy with other people success. Thats why country is poor because of envy people like you. Can you do her job? Look at you. Face like lizard.

    Go to hell big Satan.

    Congrats my sister. This is long overdue. God has answered your prayers.

    Good luck!

  42. Degrees yes but performance zero,she was there during the cashgate breeding period but failed blow the trumpet.Honourable members be alert!We have been submitting classified tips but know follow-ups -juliet must die.

    1. Malindima says:

      So all heads of department that were there when cashgate was happening in their departments MUST be fired? Ndiye tichuluka ife a kumpotofetu!

  43. lilian says:

    She was appointed by JB and was unable to detect cashgate or if she did she shielded.she should not be confirmed

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