JB vows crackdown of Malawi corrupt fat-cats: Issues warning in Mphwiyo shooting saga

Malawi President Joyce Banda, currently in United States, has assured the nation that her government will get to the bottom of the   shooting of Budget Director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo and that all corrupt barons will be rounded up within the law.

Mphwiyo was shot three times by unknown assailants a recently as he was entering his residence which is located in Area 43, Lilongwe.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting, President Banda’s office said it was connected to corruption and fraud as he has been discharging his duties of controlling funds in the ministry of finance perfectly.

But others claim the shooting relates to fraudulent activities involving millions of moneys being withdrawn from treasury.

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President Joyce Banda: There will be no sacred cows

In a statement issued by State House, President Banda promised “thorough investigations” on what she called “barbaric shooting” of Mphwiyo.

“While investigations are undergoing, I must make it clear that while a lot is being said about the incident, my administration believes in the rule of law and that’s why I have directed for the Police and the Anti-Corruption Bureau to immediately institute thorough investigations so we can all get the truth of the matter in time to enlighten the public as to what exactly happened,” said Banda in the statement.

President Banda issued a stern warning that she will not allow any government official or ordinary citizen to interfere with the ongoing investigations.

She also made an appeal to the media and the citizens to “refrain from making speculative statements that will interfere with the investigations. Let us all give opportunity for the process of criminal investigations regarding the shooting to be completed. “

President Banda retaliated on her zeal to fight corruption saying, “there will be no sacred cows in my quest to root out corruption in Malawi and please be rest assured that no official allegedly involved in shady dealings will be spared from the long arm of the law.”

Banda also informed that she has “learnt with a big sigh of relief that Mr. Mphwiyo is currently recuperating in the Republic of South Africa and is making steady progress according to medical reports.”

She wished the Budget Director a swift recovery “so he can assist our government with the ongoing investigations as soon as possible.”

Eight of Malawi’s donors including the United Kingdom, the USA and the European Union community offered Malawi government assistance to help to thoroughly investigate all issues emerging following Mphwiyo’s shooting.

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