5 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:15 AM

Malawi Cashgate: ACB to arrest more people

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has disclosed that it is to make fresh arrests in connection to the massive plunder of government money known as ‘cashgate’.

Confirming the development, ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba said the body is to arrest suspects listed in the Bakers Tilly report on public funds looting.

Reyneck Matemba

Matemba; More cases will be taken to court.

“We are just waiting for court vacation to bring some cases in court, out of five cases that are ready we have to make two new arrests and also we will be arresting civil servants connected in any way to the looting of funds,” said Matemba.

In 2013, some government officials were reported to have been exploiting a loophole in the civil service financial system to divert billions of Kwacha from government coffers following a financial audit.

Money up to $250 million (£150m) was recorded to have been lost through fraudulent payments to businessmen for services that were not rendered.

Allegations of the massive looting of government money became public following the shooting of the finance ministry’s then budget director Paul Mphwiyo in September 2013.

Just days before, a junior civil servant was found with bales of cash totalling more than $300,000 in the boot of his car.

Since the release of a financial audit by Bakers Tilly, ACB has dragged some civil servants to court for prosecution including the cashgate Chief Oswald Lutepo who is currently serving a 11 year jail term

4 Comments On "Malawi Cashgate: ACB to arrest more people"

  • Romeo says:

    I do not trust ACB

  • Igabel of Harties says:

    These people need to face life sentences.My worries are that the progress of these cases are very slow which gives the donars no confidence.

  • tiwonge says:

    What about the seven cabinet ministers?

  • Nyoni says:

    When are you doing the arrests? And what about continuity of the other cases? Is ACB facing financial/Political or challenges??? for the dragging of these cases? Else this is just same old songs nothing new here