President Lazarus Chakwera has fired minister of Labour Ken Kandodo who was named by the audit report as having spend Covid-19 funds amounting to Six hundred and thirteen thousand.
“I have dropped him from my cabinet accordingly, I cannot have in my cabinet any individual who either spend money budgeted for other purpose” said Chakwera.
Speaking during presidential national address Chakwera said that even thou the minister has returned the money but his usage of the fund means that the money was unavailable for its intended purpose when it was needed most.
Chakwera has also directed the secretary to the president and cabinet Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi to interdict without pay public officers on whose watch the financial mismanagement occurred.
According to Chakwera, “” I want all thieves hiding in the civil service to mark my words, Mubweza!! ( you Will pay back). He added that laws will be used to pay back Malawians money if the finger of evidence points at anyone as one of the thieves who stole covid money.
He assured Malawians that the audit report is only the beginning since he has intension of conducting similar audits in various institutions, ” I can assure all of you that there is no place on earth where these criminals will hide” he strongly say that.
Chakwera stressed that there are so many public servants who are eager to get rich that they are willing to corrupt their own country.
Meanwhile Malawi Police Services has arrested fourteen individuals suspected Covid-19 funds abuse.