Malawi President Joyce Banda has vowed to prosecute corrupt people regardless of their membership to the ruling People’s Party (PP).
Banda issued a stern warning on Friday evening when he met all PP national executive committee members from the southern region after she dissolved cabinet.
The meeting which was being held at top-hill Sanjika Palace was “tense”, according to insiders.
Nyasa Times sources reveal that the President used the opportunity to extend a warning to party executives against using the name of the PP to steal public funds.
“President Joyce Banda said aid her government would fight corruption in all its forms with commitment and vigour,” said an insider.
The PP officials who spoke to Nyasa Times after the Sanjika meeting said warned those who allow themselves to engage in corruption that they are taking a serious risk and that once caught they will be prosecuted irrespective of their status or position.
The President said government is interested to investigate any past and present acts of corruption by all those responsible and prosecute culprits within the due process of the law.
President Banda on Thursday s sacked her entire cabinet amid a corruption scandal, dubbed Cashgate by the media.
Up to 10 government officials have been arrested – including one who kept $25,000 at home and another who stashed banknotes in a car boot. They have been charged with money laundering, misuse of public office and corruption.
Nine senior police officers were each jailed for 14 years last month for their roles in a $164,000 fraud. Paul Mphwiyo, a budget officer in the Ministry of Finance who was seen as an anti-corruption crusader, was shot and seriously injured last month in an apparent effort to silence him.