Malawi government has expressed worry and concern that the loot at its mission in Addis Ababa has drastically gone up to K293 million from K24 million initial investigations showed, Foreign Affairs minister Francis Kasaira said this on Thursday.
“This was a well crafted operation. When we sent them remittances, they would withdraw them and put into personal bank accounts,” he said.
He said the police have now been ordered to investigate and arrest suspects, saying what the government wants is the money back in public coffers.
Deputy ambassador at the embassy Doreen Kapanga was recalled in connection with the theft of the money in 2013 but Kasaira said there were a number of officials involved.
“The operation was very systematic,” he said.
He said the officials took advantage that embassies were not audited for many years due to lack of money but said after the incident, Malawi foreign missions would be audited every year.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said in addition, the National Audit Office (NAO) has made recommendations on how to ensure that the money in embassies are used on intended purpose.
“We will recover all the money. The police will use the CID to help on these investigations,” he said.
The revelations come on the same day when it was known that 1000 employees from the ministry of Health have looted K2 billion meant for HIV and AIDS fight donated by the US government.