Another arrest in Mphwiyo case: Malawi Police says more arrests looming

Malawi Police on Tuesday said it arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the shooting of the Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

“Police have arrested the fourth suspect with Mphwiyo case, “said National Police publicist Rhoda Manjolo.

Manjolo said the Police arrested Chikond Majawa, 28 in Blantyre following a tip-off from the public.

She said Majawa comes from Mtefula Village, Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre was residing in Ndirande Township.

Police spokesperson hinted that more arrests are looming.

Manjolo: Fourth suspect arrested, more may be nabbed

Manjolo: Fourth suspect arrested, more may be nabbed

“Investigations are still going on,” she said.

Recently police arrested Dauka Manondo   after he reportedly deposited K300 000 into a bank account of one of the initial suspects, McDonald Kumwembe who was arrested together with Robert Kadzuwa.

Manjolo said Malawi Police also approached International Police (Inetrpol) to track another suspect at large –Pika Manondo.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting government said he was targeted because of his fight against corruption and fraud, but other reports have revealed an existence of a syndicate that has been swindling government through illegal encashment of government cheques.

Other reports have indicated that the shooting was a result of a deal gone sour and linked the incident to senior government officials including ministers.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is said to have since intensified investigations on the entire public service with reports also indicating that government has since abandoned the government payment system the Integrated Financial Information Management System (IFMIS) pending the outcome of the investigations.

On Friday major development partners including the USA, United Kingdom, the European Union and five others called on government to conduct thorough investigation over the corruption reports surrounding the shooting.

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