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Malawi Fires Labour Minister, Arrests Officials Over Misuse of COVID Funds

Fourteen individuals, including senior authorities, have been captured in Malawi and Labor Minister Ken Kandodo has been sacked over abuse of COVID-19 assets, President Lazarus Chakwera and police said on Sunday.

Chakwera said in a broadcast address he had appointed a review into how 6.2 billion Malawian kwacha ($7.95 million) proposed for the country’s Covid reaction program had been spent, and that this had recognized that finances had disappeared, been abused and left inactive.

“As I talk, over twelve people associated with perpetrating the violations uncovered by this review report have been captured,” he said, adding this incorporated a capture at the workplace of the president and bureau.

“There are no untouchable relics,” Chakwera said. “In the event that the finger of proof focuses to you… you are going to jail.”

Kandodo had utilized 613,000 kwacha worth of COVID-19 assets for an unfamiliar outing, Chakwera said, adding that despite the fact that he had since reimbursed the cash his activities implied it was not accessible for its proposed reason when it was required.

Kandodo revealed to Reuters he was stunned by the choice yet declined to remark further until Monday.

Chakwera vowed to check debasement when he got down to business in June a year ago, delivering his Malawi Congress Party once again from resistance without precedent for a very long time.

He said there would be more captures identified with the review, that government workers would be made to reimburse taken assets and that he would commission further reviews into Covid related spending and the utilization of assets in different zones like foundation.

Malawi’s police said a sum of 14 individuals had been captured up until now, including a migration official and 10 people working at area boards.

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