Police nabs 7 more over K6.2bn Covid funds

‘A total of 46 people have since been nicked.’

Many more people will be arrested in the coming days in connection with the misappropriation of the K6.2 billion which the government set aside to help in fight against the novel COVID-19 global pandemic have said.

The Malawi Police have confirmed that on Wednesday they arrested a seven officials people in Zomba City Councils, Mangochi Municipality Council and Mchinji District Council suspected to have been involved in the mismanagement of the K6.2 COVID-19 funds.

A total number of 46 people including senior government officials have so far been nicked by the police on suspicion that they took part in the misappropriation of the K6.2 billion and awaiting to face the law.

Malawi president Dr. Lazurus Chakwera sacked his Labour Minister, Ken Kandodo for purportedly misuse of the part of the K6.2 billion funds.

Kandodo is said to have used K613, 000 worth of Covid-19 funds for a foreign trip to South Africa at a time many Malawians were dying of the rampaging pandemic which has so far killed over 3 million people worldwide.

Kandodo, who is said to have paid back the money has been pleading his innocence saying he had nothing to do with the transactions pushing the blame onto his controlling officer at the Labour ministry.

Malawi Police Service national publicist, James Kadadzera in an interview said:

“I can confirm that we have arrested seven officers in connection with the K6.2 billion funds as highlighted by an audit report, which was conducted by the National Audit Office at the request of the state president, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

“These suspects willl be answering to the charges of fraudulent accounting, theft of public funds and abuse of office among others.”

The police spokesperson, Kadadzera revealed that many more people will be arrested to answer fraud and theft charges and other charges.

‘No sacred Cows’

Months ago, President Chakwera in a televised national address commissioned an audit into how the K6.2 billion ($7.95 million) intended for the Coronavirus response programme had been spent amid strong suspicions the money had vanished, been misused and in some cases left idle, while people were dying and as hospitals were overwhelmed with pressure and lack of medical equipment.

Charged a visibly angry President Chakwera on the televised national address last week:

“I will spare no one. As I speak, over a dozen people who are suspected of committing the crimes exposed by the audit report have so far been arrested.

“There are no sacred cows. If the finger of evidence points to you, you are going to jail.”

Both President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his vice, Saulos Klaus Chilima, politically trading as Tonse Alliance, promised to curb and nip corruption when they took office 8n June 2020 after trouncing the out of favour then ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) out of power.

But just months into office, the corruption and theft of public funds have resurfaced in the Southern African country with the vanishing and misusing of the K6.2 COVID-19 funds.

President Chakwera has said under his administration, civil servants would be made to repay stolen money and promised that he would commission further audits into coronavirus related spending and the use of funds in others areas like infrastructure and procurement.

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Opel Kadett
19 days ago

Akubawa akwana angati. Ndalama za emergency kumakamwera mowa. Kumakagula magalimoto. Anthu oyipa.

Shua
Shua
20 days ago

Bolani amuchosako unduna kandodo adakakhala Peter adakangomusitha kumupasa udindo wina kkk

Nyekhwest .
Nyekhwest .
21 days ago

delay giving them bail. it should be at least next month. ka mphepoka akamveso nawo anthu okubawa.

Flamingo
Flamingo
21 days ago

Let’s wait for convictions

Na Lero
Na Lero
21 days ago

The Chief Immigration Officer is on interdict on COVID-fund related issues for the past two months. Both deputy Director Generals are remanded at Chichiri Prison on misuse of COVID-funds pending bail hearing next week. Who is running the immigration department now? The arrested bwanas will end up getting COVID in jail for the abuse of COVID funds.

Chitsiru Changa
Chitsiru Changa
21 days ago
Reply to  Na Lero

The chief immigration officer appeared clean after investigation

Shaft Sachapandimadzi
Shaft Sachapandimadzi
21 days ago

The fired Minister Kandodo should have been the first one to be arrested. Mr President why are you protecting him???

James R
James R
21 days ago

Is this the best police force in the world or what? My salute to you!

Corned Beef
21 days ago
Reply to  James R

Our police is the best

Guideon
Guideon
21 days ago

Tikufuna mumange big fish not akawalala then nkumabwera nkumati thamanga anthu ambiri why not the big fish and we know very sure kuti even nduna zina zili mugulu please come with surprise and be serious at once.

Amaravi
21 days ago
Reply to  Guideon

Komatu akuba ndiakawalalawo no big fish,wakuba ndiochenjera ayise

Pete rSamu
Pete rSamu
21 days ago
Reply to  Guideon

BIg fish (politicians) do not prepare or sign any payment vouchers. It is the controlling officers who do. So when you’re, a public servant beware of what you give to politicians as they are not directly liable.

Kambewa Ngozo
21 days ago
Reply to  Pete rSamu

That’s very right remember that when you authorise a payment you are answerable to any quarry which may arise. Ndimayesa kuti anthuwa anapita ku school.

Jobless
Jobless
21 days ago
Reply to  Guideon

Big fish yes. As long as you have evidence. Probably Mr. Mainja will produce evidence that some big fish were involved in the deal that has seen him cornered with men in uniform otherwise he will suffer alone if proved guilty

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
20 days ago
Reply to  Jobless

Mainja koma nkhosa zake nde anaziombanitsatu.
amawadyera cacikhumi for a long time kwinaku akutapa posalima. FAKE PASTORS

Kamchiputu
21 days ago

Without the arrrest of Kandodo all other arrests are null. We are eagerly waiting to see what happens after the 7 day ultimatum given to the President by HRDC.

Citizen
21 days ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

If you don’t have enough information as to why some are arrested and some are not , try to gather that information first before displaying your crazy comments. Have you really understood the Kandodo issue?

Cairo
Cairo
21 days ago
Reply to  Citizen

Ken Kandodo’s firing from cabinet is a big goof for Tonse Alliance govt. I dont feel this was his error because what happens is that its the days that the accounts need to know and they do the calculation of the allowances. Or tell us how much a minister gets as an international allowance then we can also judge.

Kambewa Ngozo
21 days ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

Kandodo did not sign the cheque or authorise the payment. The accountant in his department signed the cheque and also authorised the payment voucher.

Ineyo
Ineyo
21 days ago
Reply to  Kambewa Ngozo

Nzomera Ngwira anapanga sign cheque? What’s so special ndi Kandodo?

Wadidi
Wadidi
21 days ago
Reply to  Kambewa Ngozo

Mbava protecting mbava

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