Regime thugs in ‘conspiracy to defeat justice’

Top government officials involved in massive corruption probe are said to have hired thugs to destroy evidence at Malawi’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the National Audit Office (NAO).

ACB and NAO are acurrently investigating the loss of K400 million ($2.3m) at the Accountant General’s office which also implicates the Police , Malawi Defence Force and others in Treasury.

However, Nyasa Timessources said the regime thugs have been hired to “to erase all evidence” connecting to the top government officials. The thugs broke into Audit offices in Lilongwe and three computers were stolen.

Nampota: ACB officers under threat

NAO public relations officer Thomas Chafunya confirmed the incident but said “no valuable information has been lost.”

Chafunya said NAO, which audits public institutions and examines accounts of controlling officers and institutions that collect revenue on behalf of government, has a back up  system for all of its information.

Press reports also said a gang stormed ACB head office in the commercial city, Blantyre last month and threatened to burn it unless the bureau drops investigation into the K400 millionscandal.

ACB director Alex Nampota said that his officers are facing threats from gangs, saying that he has since commissioned a separate investigation into possible obstruction of ACB officers in an investigation.

“I would confirm that people who came in unregistered motor vehicle entered the ACB and threatened bureau officers. They even threatened to burn ACB offices. They did not take long at the ACB. They disappeared,” Nampota told Weekend Nation.

According to Nampota, the bureau has reached an advanced stage in the investigation and that they intend to finish the case despite the threats.

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