As the battle between the public and the government is refusing to die over the call that the government should disclose the names of suspect mentioned in the forensic Audit report carried out by Baker Tilly. Reports indicate that the Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) has arrested three more civil servant suspected being involved in the plundering of public funds at Capitol Hill dubbed cash gate.
The three are Joyce Mkandawire an Accounts Assistant in the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development, Zainab Swaleyi now working as Accounts Assistant at Health Services Commission then working at the Pensions Department and Patricia Chatuwa Accounts Assistant in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and urban Development.
ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala confirmed and she said:
“On 5th October, 2011 the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that public servants were making huge payments to companies owned by themselves or their colleagues for services not offered to Malawi Government.
“The Anti-Corruption Bureau instituted investigations into the matter. It was established that payments were being made to companies of public officers without offering Government any service,” said Ndala in a statement issued to the press.
According to Ndala, Chatuwa prepared payment voucher of K 5, 260,854.11 payable to Hannet Enterprises owned by Hunter Kavina, while Mkandawire collected a cheque worth K4, 225,092.29 in the name of Green Rose Investments and gave it to Richard Kapinga.
Ndala further said Mkandawire also issued cheques worth K4, 245,813.67 and K5, 527,624.29 payable to RA & AJ Inter Trading owned by Richard Kapinga.
“Zainab Swaleyi now working as Accounts Assistant at Health Services Commission then working at the Pensions Department prepared a payment voucher amounting to K2, 890,315.00 payable to Hannet Enterprises owned by Hunter Kavina. All the mentioned companies did not supply goods and services to Malawi Government,” said the statement.
The British firm advised the Malawi government not to publicized the names saying, doing so will jeopardize the investigation in the looting of public funds.