Malawi Fires Minister over Covid Funds Graft

April 19, 2021, 9:00:22 AM

Malawi Fires Minister over Covid Funds Graft

Malawi's president Lazarus Chakwera fired Labor Minister Ken Kandodo on Sunday for diverting $ 800 in COVID-19 funds for a government trip that is part of a broader embezzlement scandal.

Chakwera, in a televised address to the nation, said the minister listed the funds in his travel allowance to South Africa in an audit report. 

“I have dropped him from my cabinet accordingly. Even though the  minister has since returned the money, his usage of the funds means that  the money was unavailable for its intended purpose when it was needed  most,” Chakwera said. 

“I cannot have in my cabinet any individuals who either spend money  budgeted for one thing on something else or do not ask tough questions  to ensure that the money they are spending on something was budgeted for  that purpose.” 

Chakwera also ordered the arrest of dozens of officers involved in the looting of $ 7.8 million of covid-19 funds.

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