LILONGWE-(Maravi Post)–The former deputy Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Doreen Kapanga with her counterpart Fletcher Chowe, former Secretary for Administration and Finance have been granted bail following their arrest on Tuesday for being allegedly involved in the looting of taxpayers money pegged at MK293 million at Malawi’s embassy office in Ethiopia.
Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa on Thursday granted the duo bail bond of MK 1 million each and ordered them not to dispose of their properties until the case ends.
Magistrate Chinangwa further ordered the accused to report to Area 30 Police Headquarters once every week.
Chinangwa has therefore set May 30, 2016 as the date Kapanga and Chowe will appear in court for committal.
Both Kapanga and Fletcher Chowe who were serving as Malawi’s deputy ambassador and first secretary for administration and finance at the mission respectively were implicated in the plunder and were consequently suspended and recalled from Malawi’ Embassy in Ethiopia.
But earlier this month, when addressing a news conference, Francis Kasayira, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed sadness over the looting which is currently pegged at MK293 million from earlier disclosure of MK20 million.
Kasayira promised the nation that all public officers involved in the looting would be taken to task for repayment of the money stolen. He further disclosed that the ministry plans to recall 50 diplomats in foreign mission who have stayed more than the required three years-tenure of office.
“I would like to report to the nation, through you, members of the press that the Auditors we had assigned to undertake the exercise are now back and they have indeed uncovered massive fraudulent activities taking place at the Mission.
“The report, shows that there has been systematic and merciless plunder of public resources at the Addis Ababa Mission from 2013. As much as US$406,246.15 (or K293 million) has been siphoned out by three of the Missions officials of the Embassy into their accounts”, says Minister Kasayira.
Kasayira further indicated that the issue was now a matter of theft and has been forwarded to the prosecuting authorities to do their investigations and prosecute those who were involved in this plunder of public resources.
It is reported that the diplomats in Embassy had been writing cheques in their names until they were caught red handed in similar acts.
The development comes amid the nation’s struggling economically with high inflation, skyrocketing good and services prices among others.