K51m fraud at Accountant General: Malawi gov’t suspends 3, on bail

Malawi Government has interdicted three officials from the Ministry of Disability, Transport and Public Works and Account General’s Department for allegedly embezzling over K51 million.

According to published reports, the suspended suspects are named as Squire Chakwana, Deusdedit Tenthani and Tendai Naeja who were working as accounts assistants.

The three were arrested and charged for the fraud but are on bail.

Chakwana, who was working with the Accountant General, is alleged to have misappropriated money amounting to K5 million. A letter announcing his interdiction bears the reference number AC4600.

Msowoya: Three interdicted
Msowoya: Three interdicted

Tenthani, who was stationed at the Ministry of Disability and Elderly Affairs, is alleged to have misappropriated K19.8 million. The reference number for his letter of interdiction is AC4599.

Tendai Naeja is alleged to have misappropriated money amounting to K27 million.

He was working with the Ministry of Transport and Public Works and the reference number of his interdiction letter is AC4601.

Ministry of Finance spokesperson Nations Msowoya confirmed the interdiction of the three officers .

“I can confirm that the money missed in the ministries and department the named officers were working,” Msowoya is quoted by Daily Times.

“When the issue was reported, investigations were instituted. After investigations there were some grounds that warranted the interdictions.”

Meanwhile, it has been reported that  the National Audit Office (NAO) is auditing the Accountant General’s Department following the alleged missing of money amounting to K150 million.

The Department reported the missing of some discarded cheques that were meant for destruction by the Reserve Bank of Malawi, and it was alleged that some people used them to cash money.

Malawi News in its editorial last  Saturday said the revelations are “disheartening” and erode the trust of the members of the general public.

The paper said the Accountant General Department is “not inspiring hope.”

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