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Anti-Corruption Bureau storms Karonga

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An Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) team of investigators stormed Karonga District Council on Tuesday to question council officials on alleged squandering of K57 million Local Development Fund (LDF) funds.

ACB, one of the country’s fiscal agencies, is conducting an independent probe on the fraud that saw the money meant for Public Works Programme go unaccounted for.

“They communicated yesterday [Monday] that they are coming on Tuesday but they have not indicated the purpose of their coming,” Chairperson for the Finance Committee at the council, Patrick Kishombe confirmed in an interview.

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The inquest by the graft-busting body comes hot on the heels of another probe by Ministry of Finance whose findings, despite being finalised, have not been made public.

But when contacted, ACB Public Relations Officer (PRO), Egrita Ndala, said though issues of investigation at the bureau are a secret in terms of when and how they are conducted, communication can be made directly to the people involved.

Ten people at the council, Kishombe said, were questioned sometime in February this year over the LDF funds.

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Kishombe, however, disclosed that officials on ACB’s trail include, an officer from Forest Department a Mr Mbale, Philemon Maseko from the Physical Planning Department, Ngwira from the Fisheries Department, a Mr Mwankangama who is a Sanitation Officer and Wakusungu Mwafulirwa from the Disaster Department.

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