The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested two accounts officers in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Services for allegedly being involved in looting of public funds christened as Cashgate Scandal.
The graft-busting body said it arrested Martin Kamuyambeni an Assistant Accountant and Gladys Mmangisa Senior Accounts Assistant in the ministry for making huge payments to companies owned by themselves or their colleagues for services not offered to government.
ACB Public Relations Manager, Egrita Ndala in an email to Nyasa Times, said investigations against the two started in October last year.
“On 5th October, 2011 the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint. We instituted investigations into the matter. It was established that payments were being made to companies of public officers without offering Government any service,” explained Ndala.
The two are reasonably suspected to have prepared various payments between April and August 2011 to Green Rose General Suppliers and RA and AJ Inter Trading belonging to Richard Kapinga.
Ndala said the suspects might each be charged with three counts of abuse of office contrary to Section 25 B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.
“The two companies did not offer the Government of Malawi any services”.
An audit report by British firm recently revealed over K13 billion of tax-payers money was stolen from various government ministries and department under Cashgate