Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Dr George Chaponda has ordered a recall of two officials at the Malawi Embassy in Ethiopia on allegations of defrauding government money amounting to over $30,000 ( K20 million).
Chaponda confirmed to Nyasa Times that the suspended officials are deputy ambassador Doreen Kapanga (former police deputy chief) and Fletcher Chowe the first secretary responsible for adminstrtion.
The Minister said he has ordered suspension of two senior officials at the Embassy as
one way of showing seriousness on issues to do with looting out corruption.
In an interview with Nyasa Times soon after his arrival from Ethiopia, Chaponda said, the suspended officials were already on their way to Malawi after being recalled.
“What was happening was that the officials were writing cheques in their names for themselves and when I got hold of the news I immediately took action,” said Chaponda.
Chaponda said he will leave no stone un turned and make sure that all people found stealing government money are brought to book.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has since formulated an audit plan for its missions whose audit reports have not seen the light of day.
It is reported that about K3 trillion of government funds spent over the years has not been audited.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Dalitso Kabambe told a local paper that there were ongoing audits at the Brussels mission in Belgium and the mission in Germany.
“We are processing audits for New York, Harare, South Africa, Nairobi and Maputo. In the end all embassies will be audited as mandated by the Public Audit Act,” he said.
Chaponda traveled to Ethiopia on his first trip as Chairperson of Ministerial Panel of African Union.
He was elected at the position during the 28th Ordinary Session of the executive Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia.