BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has today arrested eight more individuals suspected to have taken part in the abuse of Covid-19 funds.
This brings the total number of the arrested to 39 after the audit report on K6.2 billion Covid-19 fund was issued.
National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera says among those arrested today include Moses Chimphepo -Director, Response and Recovery (Dodma); Grace Chirwa, District Commissioner for Salima; Fletcher Nyirenda, Commissioner, Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services and Godfrey Nundwe, Procurement Officer, Blantyre City Council.
Kadadzera said: “detectives are still on the ground and more arrests will follow”.
Following the release of the audit report, fourteen people, including senior officials, were arrested and President Lazarus Chakwera fired Labour Minister Ken Kandodo over misuse of COVID-19 funds.
Chakwera said in a televised address he had commissioned an audit into how 6.2 billion Malawian kwacha ($7.95 million) intended for the country’s Coronavirus response programme had been spent, and that this had identified that funds had vanished, been misused and left idle.
“As I speak, over a dozen individuals suspected of committing the crimes exposed by this audit report have been arrested,” he said, adding this included an arrest at the office of the president and cabinet.
“There are no sacred cows,” Chakwera said. “If the finger of evidence points to you… you are going to prison.”
Kandodo had used 613,000 kwacha worth of COVID-19 funds for a foreign trip, Chakwera said, adding that even though he had since repaid the money his actions meant it was not available for its intended purpose when it was needed.