Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested former Accountant General David Kandoje, one of the key officers in the ongoing Capital Hill cashgate investigation.
ACB confirmed the arrest of Kandoje.
“We have arrested Mr Kandoje on cashgate related issues. We are interested to question him,” ACB spokesperson Egritta Ndala told Nyasa Times on Thursday.
She said the Bureau conducted investigations which established that
Kandoje, the then Accountant General authorised payment of two cheques amounting to MK500m payable to Staddal Building Contractors without appropriate supporting documents.
ACB said Kandoje is likely to be charged with the following:
- One count of abuse of public office contrary to Section 25 B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.
- One count of procuring of a person for the improper payment of public money contrary to Section 88 g (1) of the Public Finance Management Act
- One count of theft contrary to Section 178 as read with Section 21 of the Penal Code.
Kandoje was removed from the position of Accountant General and was redeployed to become PSII in the Ministry of Health.
He was Accountant General when Capital Hill was embroiled in a financial scandal christened as cashgate which saw public servants and private businesspersons siphoning money from public coffers without delivering goods and services.
The culprits took advantage of loopholes in the government’s electronic payment system, the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis).
In the wake of financial scandal, some of the country’s major donors suspended their budget support .