Another OPC accountant arrested: Malawi ‘cash-gate’ scandal

The Anti-Corruption Bureau in Malawi has again arrested another accountant from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) in the on going crack down of public officials connected to the illegal encashment of millions of kwachas from government coffers.

The Principal Accountant in the OPC Chazika Munthali was arrested Monday October 7 just three days after the arrest of an Assistant Accountant in the same office Frank Mwanza.

The two are said to have been involved in the preparation of three payment vouchers that resulted into payment of over K1 billion to International Procurement Services (IPS).

Munthali is said to have been the one who approved the three payment vouchers, according to ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala.

Egritta Ndala: Fresh arresr
Egritta Ndala: Fresh arresr

“The ACB arrested Chazika Munthali on the following possible charges: Corrupt Performance of functions by a public officer contrary to 25A (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act; (and) Abuse of office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” reads a statement from Ndala.

The arrest of Mwanza was described as a game changer in the on going ‘cashgate’ scandal as it transpired that he was directly connected to almost K120 million cash which was found in a car boot of one of the accused.

OPC and State House insiders have described the arrest of Mwanza as a tipping or breaking point in the ‘cash-gate’ scandal.

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