K47m looted in Malawi ‘ghost workers’ from payroll of Ministry of Agriculture -report

Press reports on Friday indicated that K47 million in taxpayers money has allegedly been siphoned by officials through payments to ghost workers at Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development the principal secretary Erica Maganga confirmed the embezzlement of funds.

Manganga: Confirmed

Manganga: Confirmed the embezzlement of funds

Fresh cashgate with "ghost workers" in public sector payroll

Fresh cashgate with “ghost workers” in public sector payroll

The fresh cashgate involves five accounts assistants, three of them working at the ministry headquarters and two in agriculture development divisions (ADDs), The Nation reports.

The paper citing information which it has seen and corroborated by a police officer, the ministry headquarters based trio Cosmas Chafulumira, Chimwemwe Kampanje and Mwaiwawo Chipatso was allegedly conniving with their colleagues at ADDs notably Bertha Chakwera and Mabvuto Chilimba.

The officials were then giving each other exaggerated salaries of up to K600 000, almost tripple their monthly salaries and also created a chain of ghost workers who would then withdraw the money on their behalf and later on share.

The stolen money so far is estimated at K48 million, according to the report.

National Police deputy spokesperson Mable Msefula said the five “have been charged with conspirancy and theft by public servant.”

They are on bail.

According the the report, the ministry of finance, economic planning and development has since instituted a pay roll audit at the ministry to verify the number of employees and the monthly wage bill.

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Hameed Chiwaya

Ma accountant ntchito yawo ndi kuba zomwe akunena a PS ndi zowona accountant yemwe amamubwerekera ku Agriculture ku Balaka Tiyamike Boaz simmene amabera ndalama zaboma ndiza mafuta zomwe limodzi ndi Tsitsi komanso Vetta Zirahowa amakhala ndima ghost participants ama training ine ndine mboni ACB mubwerenso kuno mayi ameneyu wawonjeza


Ana a mabwanatu ndi omwe akupanga izi. Kuzolowera. Mutaonetsetsa anthu omwe ali pa list ya anthu a Accounts a cashgate, ambiri abale awo ndi ma bwana mbomamu. Komanso gulu lake ndi lija linalembedwa mu 2007 lija. Analembedwa mwa chinyengo aja. Taonani mainawa, Kampanje, Chipaso. Tsegulani maso a Malawi.


Koma anthu a ku Accounts akuwonjeza. Ma Cashgate okhaokha. Choonde sinthani. Mukutichitisa manyazi ife ma bwana anu.

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If we have presidents and their cabinet as thieves then what do you expect ordinary people to do in their offices?The government pays these civil servants very low salaries but yet these people are able to build a multimillion house,drive an expensive cars,send their kids to expensive schools,and they can even afford to drink for the whole month and where do you expect these to get this extra money without any viable business?The short cut ndikusolola. Malawi is rotten from the top most person to the office sweeper.This is cancer in Malawi from the Public sector to the private sector.


kampanje ife kudabwa ma surf munthu osapanga ndi business yomwe kkkkk koma umabela fans deleku?and drinking like a fish was the habit,f**king like a horse was the day order, money money money is a serious evil


The government should conduct a head count Of personnel in all government departments in malawi it will cost money to do so but it has to be done basi . Other countries are doing that. Its the only way to reduce or stop the malpractice. Atulukilidwawo ndiochepa. It means it is happening in many departments.Please Government take this seriously. Ndiponso, ogwidwawo alandidwe property which is obviously beyond their means to aquire and the property sold to recover the tax payers money.This is why malawi has lagged behind in development chifukwa cha anthu akuba ngati amenewa

Nana Nyamchete

Shire Valley ADD Should Not Be Exempted From This,Mmene Alemelera A Ku Accounts Is Very Questionable


Malawians….even if Jesus was president of Malawi, he could not stop stealing, that is why His treasurer ‘sold’ him to the Pharisees. Why blame APM and Goodall for this? Save your bitterness and hate!


Counting heads or human beings? Anyway, paying through the bank has its own challenges such as this one. Actually, I knew the time payment of salaries was to be done through the bank that such ways of siphoning money from the government would ensue.

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