Malawi cash-gate crackdown: Accounts Assistant Sithole re-arrested

Malawi Police in Lilongwe have re-arrested an Accounts Assistant for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Patrick Sithole who was nabbed earlier last month for being found with K120 million which was in different currencies.

Following his arrest, Sithole was granted a court bail only to be arrested again on Wednesday for contravening some of the set out conditions, National Police Public Relations Officer, Rhoda Manjolo confirmed to Nyasa Times.

Manjolo said meanwhile Sithole, who was arrested on September 7, 2013 and was charged with possessing property suspected to have been stolen and illegal possession of foreign currency, has been remanded at Maula Prison.

Manjolo: We re-arrested Sithole
Manjolo: We re-arrested Sithole

“He is at Maula Prison as am speaking now. He is said to have failed to live up to some of the conditions outlined in his bail,” Manjolo explained.

Police arrested Sithole following a tip off from his housemaid who in fact stole part of the money.

The maid was arrested by police in Blantyre after been found in possession of over K3 million cash and she revealed during interrogations that she got the cash from her boss, Sithole in Area 47, Lilongwe.

Criminal Investigations Department officers raided Sithole’s residence where they found over K80 million in a brand new Toyota Fortuner that he had just bought and about K30 million in a Toyota.

The Police found about US $3,000 and R127,000 that was kept in the suspect’s house.

Sithole, 27, comes from Chitedze Village in the area of T/ A Dambe in Mchinji.

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