Malawi Foreign Minister tells SADC cash-gate ‘masters’ uncovered

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ephraim Mganda Chiume Wednesday told Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) delegates that government has successfully exposed those that were involved in Capital Hill looting.

Chiume was speaking during the opening of a two-day Extra Ordinary Council of Ministers Meeting for the SADC region underway at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

“Some people have been stealing our money from Capital Hill for so many years. Some money processing piece of machinery was deliberately tampered with which has led to a lot of our money being stolen.

“But I would like to assure you that we have a forensic audit in progress and everyone who was involved in the stealing will be brought to book regardless of their position in government,” said Chiume who highlighted that he was only sharing the matter because SADC is family.

Chiume: Government is on top of things to sort out the financial mess
Chiume: Government is on top of things to sort out the financial mess

In her opening remarks, Executive Secretary for SADC, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax said the filling of deputy executive secretary position, which fell vacant on September 16, 2013, is crucial in enhancing the SADC regional integration agenda especially now that Africa is geared towards socio-economic development.

“The position of Deputy Executive Secretary: Regional Integration is crucial as it champion’s the SADC Secretariat’s role as a think tank by leading and managing the implementation of SADC regional processes,” Dr. Tax said.

The Extra Ordinary Council of Ministers is in fulfilment of a decision by SADC Heads of State and Government at the 33rd Summit which was held in Lilongwe in August which set the deadline for recruitment of the position on 30 October, 2013.

The meeting started on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 and is expected to end on Thursday, October 24, 2013. The delegates have been drawn from all SADC member states.

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