IG says new crimes committee independent

Inspector General (IG) of Police Lot Dzonzi says the newly instituted Crimes Investigation Committee within the Malawi Police Service (MPS) is independent and will lead to more efficient operations and coordination of investigations into the fraud and corruption happening in the civil service. Dzonzi was responding to queries on the independence of the committee and…

Thugs target Cedep, steal office equipment

Malawi’s Centre for Development of People (Cedep) has become the latest victim of poor security in the country after thieves swept their offices clean of most equipment such as computers, printers, photocopiers and three brand new cameras dawn of Sunday. But Cedep executive director Gift Trapence said he would not jump to conclude that the break-in was linked to…

Britain flying in forensic auditors

Britain has become the first country to respond to calls for a comprehensive forensic audit of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) whose loopholes have been blamed for the loss of billions of kwacha through theft by public servants. A forensic audit is defined as an examination of an organisation or individual’s financial dealings,…

Cash-gate suspect denied bail

The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court yesterday denied bail to Llyod Banda who has been charged with obstructing the prosecution of justice for attempting to conceal payment vouchers amounting to K89 million. (US$245 179) His wife Martha Banda, an accountant at the Accountant General’s office, is a suspect in the ongoing fraud at Capital Hill and was…

PAC sends back CMST officials for expired drugs

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday sent back officials of the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) after they failed to satisfactorily respond to an audit query of a K1.1 billion (US$2.8 million) worth of medical supplies which were destroyed this past August. The officials comprised acting chief executive officer Fred Mzoma, director of…

Victim Support Unit impresses Mlambo-Ngcuka

The visiting United Nations Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka yesterday lauded the Police Victim Support Unit (VSU) system which empowers women and children to report cases of abuse in the family. Mlambo-Ngcuka is on her first official country visit since she was appointed to head the UN agency in August this year and has since…

US govt shutdown concerns embassy

As the United States (US) government entered day three of operating without a budget yesterday, its embassy in Malawi has expressed concern about the impact of the shutdown in the long run. But the embassy has assured Malawians that the shutdown would ‘generally’ not affect assistance Washington provides to Lilongwe in the areas of health,…