Police arrest 7 Karonga council officials over K57mil  scam

Malawi  Police have arrested seven senior Karonga Council officials in connection with the alleged misuse of K57 million meant for public works program of Malawi Social Action Fund 4 program.

Mwamondwe speaking during the protests

Mwamondwe speaking during the protests

Police have confirmed the arrest of director of planning David Gondwe, Irrigation oifficer Philmon Masekoz, acting director of public works Mbale and a forestry officer, among others.

Confirming the development, Karonga police spokesperson Enock Livason said  the decision follows the district council order after their four hours meeting.

“We have indeed arrested 6 officers suspected to have plundered the council funds. Those arrested include the district physical planning officer Philemon Maseko, Water officer Aaron Chaponda, Irrigations officer David Yafeti, Director of Planning and Development David Gondwe, Fisheries officer Simon Ngwira and Forest officer Sam Mbale,”  he said.

Livason also disclosed  that the police are now hunting for the remained suspects who include the district disaster officer Walusungu Mwafulirwa.

According to the council report, the officers misused K25, 714, 404 out of K57 million meant for Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) project.

“Each officer was stealing the cash out from the amount of money allocated to his or her department. For instance, out of K5, 577, 000 budget allocated to the disaster office Mwafulirwa looted K4, 260, 000,” said the chairperson of finance service Bidon Katambika.

Wavisanga Silungwe who was the spokesperson for the demonstrators including the MEJN said this will send a big signal to other officers.

Reliable sources at the police say the number will rise to nine as the law enforcers are looking for a disaster department officer and a land resources officer who are currently out of the station on official duties.

The arrest of the seven senior council officials comes barely two days after business men and Karonga based civil society groups made a vigil at the council offices to force management take action against the nine suspects.

District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo said on Tuesday a full council meeting was expected on Wednesday to adopt a resolution to have the nine arrested and answer relevant charges.

Police said they will charge the suspects on Thursday.

The abuse of the money led to failure by the council to pay some council workers.

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GRM
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GRM
11 days 2 hours ago

I just wonder if the council has mandate to arrest or recommend arrests of people? This appear frivolous to me. Let Police do their job.

ojere
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ojere
11 days 3 hours ago

Let us wait and see these people may be free apart from two in the group who are ring leaders

Big Fisherman
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Big Fisherman
11 days 3 hours ago

Even you Symon? I trained you how to manage fish and not how to mismanage govt, money. I’m disappointed, but I hope you’re not guilty until proven so.

Lol
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Lol
11 days 4 hours ago

I am pleased to hear that they have been arrested. They should face the rhythm. Please anticorruption organization please go also to Chitipa district council where there is a rotten corruption thieves who have squandered a lot of million Kwachas. May you guys give me the email address for anticorruption of Malawi, I want to write to them to go to Chitipa district council please guys.

Munthu Wankulu
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Munthu Wankulu
11 days 2 hours ago

The AntiCorruption Bureau is a corrupt Bureau. just report to Germany Embassy

bwatansa
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bwatansa
11 days 6 hours ago

Innocent until proven guilty!

Silly Malawi
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Silly Malawi
11 days 14 hours ago

This is a mirror image of the several cashgate practices flourishing at different levels of public institutions, and perhaps in some private organisations/NGOs in the country. Currently, Malawi is suffering from moral bankruptcy; people expected to act professionally are becoming unethical. We need a strong will from leadership to fight these evident corrupt tendencies. The current leadership is not inspiring in this regard. Shame on irresponsible leadership, Shame on our corrupt ministers who are Cashgate Instructors and bad role models, Shame on all cashgaters.

chilungamo chimawawa
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chilungamo chimawawa
11 days 17 hours ago

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Aaron Chaponda also involved in stealing? i think this is blood line curse!!!!!!

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