Germany aid to Malawi ‘not cut off’

Germany embassy in Lilongwe denied media reports suggesting that Berlin has secretly suspended its aid to Malawi over the Capital Hill ‘cash-gate’ scandal which government is vigorously fighting.

There has been reports suggesting German has cut aid and that its ambassador in Lilongwe has communicated the development.

However, Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ephraim Mganda Chiume said there has not been any communication from Germany on aid cut, saying any such decision is formally communicated by the ambassador.

When Nyasa Times contacted the Germany embassy in Lilongwe, officials said the envoy was out of the country on holiday and there has not been any communication on aid review.

The German Ambassador to Malawi Dr Peter Woeste: On holiday, no communication on aid
The German Ambassador to Malawi Dr Peter Woeste: On holiday, no communication on aid

A source at the embassy said “Germany aid and assistance relationship with Malawi has not been cut off.”

Malawi has been going through a season of rumours after the shooting of Finance Minister Budget Director Paul Mhwiyo.

The incident which has been linked to corrupt activities at Capital Hill and several other illegal activities involving billions of kwachas has however, been followed with a series of arrests with some of those arrested being found with millions of kwachas.

The latest of such arrests is that of an Assistant Accountant in the Office of the President and Cabinet Frank Mwanza.

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