Malawi Police on Wednesday continued its crackdown on the ‘Cash-gate scandal’ involving public servants at Capital Hill in Lilongwe when they arrested Martha Banda from whom they confisticated K7.8m (about $19 500) kept at her home in Area 49 .
National police Public Relations Officer, Rhoda Manjolo told Nyasa Times in an interview that Banda failed to justify why she kept such amount of money without supporting documentation.
“The suspect could not explain how she was found with huge sums of money in her house.
“She is in custody right now and she will be taken to court soon after we have concluded our investigation,” said Manjolo.
The national police publicist said the officiers are carrying out an ongoing investigations in relation to gross mismanagement in the accountant general’s office hinting that more arrests would be made.
She said Banda has been pressed with a charge of money laundering.
Manjolo also disclosed that Police arrested five people from the accountant general’s office to be interrogated following revelations of gross mismanagement of public funds.
The arrest comes after the law-enforcers arrested Franklin Ndovi Principal Accountant in the same department after being found with K3 million and US$25,000 (about K10 million)cash that was starched his house.
Tension is growing up in the country with Civil Society Organizations, Church leaders and opposition parties calling on government to wake up from its slumber and curb the high level of corruption that seemed to have become the order of the day.
The development also comes at a time some people are being arrested in connection with the shooting of budget director Paul Mphwiyo who was reportedly attacked at a time he was about to expose a corruption racket.