More arrests expected in embassies fraud

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There could be more arrests of public officers as the National Audit Office (NAO) has completed probing Malawi’s embassies following reports of fraud.

President Peter Mutharika ordered for a probe in all Malawian embassies following reports of siphoning of financial resources by embassy workers.

The ten embassies in the audit exercise report are Berlin, London, Brussels, Cairo, Tokyo, Dodoma, Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg, and New Delhi.According to NAO, the report has now been submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ethiopia embassy fraud leaps to K293 million

The probe followed reports that funds amounting to K293 million were diverted into personal accounts at a Malawian embassy in Ethiopia.

The revelations witnessed the arrest of former deputy ambassador to Ethiopia Doreen Kapanga over her role in the looting at the embassy in Ethiopia.

First secretary for administration and finance at the Malawi embassy in Ethiopia Fletcher Chowe was also arrested over the fraud. The two are on bail but following the probe more arrests are expected.

Up to MK184 million was reportedly diverted into personal accounts at Malawi’s embassy in Ethiopia in a period of 12 months.

The Mutharika regime was then forced to institute an audit into this matter something which analysts believe was the way to go in a bid to end corruption.

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