15 more govt officials arrested for abusing Covid-19 funds

Malawi Police Service (MPS) has revealed that 15 more government officials have been arrested on Thursday, April 22, 2021 on suspicions that they had a hand in the massive plunder of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds. The recent arrests bring a total number of arrested people to 61. Through a Press Statement, 1 Police Public Relations Officer James Kadadzera said the new arrested government officials are from Blantyre City Council, Ministry of Information, accounts department. “The Malawi Police Service (MPS) wishes to inform Malawians that it has, today April 22, 2021, arrested 15 more government officials suspected to have taken part in the abuse of Covid-19 funds. Five arrested officials are from Blantyre City Council. They include Richard Chakhala, Director of Finance. 10 arrested officials are from the ministry of Information, accounts department. They include Alick Kampeza, Civic Education Officer,” reads the statement. Kadadzera : more arrests will follow According to Kadadzera, the arrested officials will answer charges of theft by public servant and fraudulent accounting among other charges. Police has meanwhile assured the general public to expect more arrests as detectives are still on the ground. An Audit Report from the Auditor’s General Office released last week revealed that there was massive plunder of K6.2 billion funds which were meant for Covid-19 response, a development which has seen arrest of government officials who were mention in the report. Among notable arrested officials include Director, Response and Recovery at Dodma Moses Chimphepo, Grace Chirwa, District Commissioner for Salima; Fletcher Nyirenda, Commissioner, Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services and Godfrey Nundwe, Procurement Officer, Blantyre City Council. Sharing is Caring!