One of the country’s social and political commentators, Emily Mkamanga, has described as serious the recent attacks on some of government’s high profile figures saying they portray heightened national security lapses.
Mkamanga told local press that the string of happenings was they were all intentioned.
In February alone, Nyasa Times and other media houses have reported of the gutting of fired agriculture minister offices George Chaponda and Justice Charles Mkandawire.
Last week, we reported of an attack on budget director, Chancy Simwaka’s house that left one shot dead and an attack on chief secretary to government, Lloyd Muhara, alleged to have been set for a ‘planned accident.’
Mkamanga, a regular commentator and writer on social issues, said the events “make everyone wonder.”
Said Mkamanga: “It is getting everyone suspicious. It is as if everyone in this country must take care of their own security.”
Mkamanga’s fears are not unfounded.
In September 2013, former budget director Paul Mphwiyo survived gunshots as he entered his posh Area 43 residence on the night of September 13.
The shooting cracked a nut that exposed a multi-million dollar scam known as ‘cashgate’ that had civil servants obtain money from government coffers using dubious means.
Malawi, one of the world’s most struggling economies, is yet to fully recover from the syndicate which got most of her donors pull out their aid.