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Legal commentator calls for a system overhaul in Malawi govt

BLANTYRE (MaraPost)—One of the Malawi’s legal experts has blamed the continued looting of government coffers at Capitol Hill on lack of checks and balances in the whole system.

The observation follows a series of arrests on fraud by senior government officials and the shooting of Budget Director in the ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo two weeks ago.

Mphwiyo is claimed to have been targeted because of his fight against corruption in government. 

Executive Director of Justice Link Justin Dzonzi told Capital Radio that there is a lot of work to be done to set things right.

“There is need for a very serious financial overhaul not just interms of changing the system but also even shaking up the people that are managing the resources, I personally would expect that there should be cleaning up at capitol hill particularly in the departments that handle money” said Dzonzi.

Dzonzi also called for introduction of some legislative reforms as it was before multiparty democracy where government had the power to ask any citizen the source of their wealth. 

The Malawi Police have so far arrested seven civil servants in connection to “gross mismanagement” of public funds in the Ministry of Finance and Accountant General’s department. 

On Wednesday, the law enforcers arrested Martha Banda from after being found with K7.8m (about $19 500) without supporting documentation. 

This also followed the arrest of Principal Accountant Franklin Ndovi after being found with K3 million and US$25,000 (about K10 million) cash at his house. 

“The other five people from the accountant general’s office are being interrogated and the outcome will be made public,” said Rhoda Manjolo, National Police Publicist.-MARAPOST.

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