German Ambassador Peter Woeste has said the burglary into the house of a high-ranking German official handling the K557 billion forensic audit of government coffers could be politically motivated possibly to defeat justice.
Published reports indicated that thugs broke into the house of the official who is working on financial management system reforms where they only stole Cashgate work-related papers—prompting fears that the attack was motivated by the investigations into the K557 billion audit.
Woeste said they have told Malawi government their anguish on the “criminal attacks that may appear to be politically motivated” happening in the country.
The German envoy warned that the politically inspisired gangs may put Malawi on a dangerous road if government may miss the opportunity to take decisive action.
“Any criminal attack on one of my colleagues is unacceptable. I have had further meetings with the highest ranking officials on the matter. Of course, we are still waiting for a police report on the matter,” said Woeste as quoted in the press.
“We consider this work-related. The expert is working on the financial management system reforms. He had contact with the people who did the audit; well, the thieves should be disappointed because we have no information apart from what is available on the Internet.”
But National Police public relations office said they had no information on the matter.
Germany, through its international cooperation wing, GIZ, is technically and financially supporting the audit, which is being carried out by auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC)—focusing on financial mismanagement in government between 2009 and 2013.