ACB arrests Tourism Ministry PS, AG’s officer in Malawi cash-gate crackdown

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) continues rounding up suspects in the cash-gate scandal  at Capital Hill with latest arrest of Principal Secretary  in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Tressa Namathanga Senzani.

The anti-graft body has also arrested Geoffrey Sinoya, Accounts Officer at Accountant General’s Office for tampering with transactions in the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) currently under suspension.

ACB Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala told Nyasa Times that the bureau has arrested Namathanga Senzani for instructing the Ministry to make payments in favour of her company Visual Impact without supplying any service.

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Geoffrey Sinoya and Mrs. Tressa Namathanga Senzani On Monday 21st October, 2013. They will be taken to court for them to be charged after they have been interviewed on the matter,” explained Ndala.

Egritta Ndala: Another  arrest
Egritta Ndala: Another arrest

Ndala said Sinoya would be charged with abuse of official powers contrary to Section 25 B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act while Namathanga Senzani may be charged with corruptly performing official duties contrary to Section 25 A (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

“She may also be charged with intent to defraud contrary to Section 364 as read with Section 21 of the Penal Code and negligence contrary to Section 284 of the Penal Code”.

The arrest of the two government officers follows an investigation the Bureau instituted after a tip-off, which alleged that government officers at Capital Hill were making entries in the IFMIS thereby defrauding the State billions of money.

Several officers at Accountant’s General, Office of the President and Cabinet as well as other government ministries have been arrested since September in relation to the looting at Capital Hill under what is termed locally, Cash-gate Scandal.

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