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Doreen Kapanga arrested over Embassy fraud

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Former police deputy inspector general, Doreen Kapanga, has been arrested for her alleged involvement in the looting that happened at the Malawian Embassy in Ethiopia where K293 million is said to have been diverted into some embassy officials’ personal accounts.

This follows an audit report that indicated that $406,246.15 (about K293 million) of public resources was systematically plundered at the Addis Ababa mission from 2013.

Deputy National Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude confirmed the arrest but could not disclose where the suspect is being kept.

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However, information within the police sources indicated that she was being detained at Lilongwe Police Station at Area 3.

“Mrs Doreen Kapanga has been arrested in connection with the fraud at Malawi’s Embassy in Ethiopia and we are investigating to establish what happened. We will give you more information once we finish our investigations,” said Nyaude.

Kapanga, who was serving as Malawi’s deputy ambassador at the mission, and Fletcher Chowe, who was serving as first secretary for administration and finance were implicated in the plunder, and were consequently suspended and recalled from the mission.

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This was after Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Francis Kasaila said the scam was busted when Ambassador Chimango Chirwa came across a $30,000 cheque whih was issued without his knowledge.

A preliminary audit that was released earlier this month indicated that K183 million was looted at the embassy but the figure rose to K293 million after a final audit was conducted.

Kasaila earlier said the K293 million audit report that Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported the matter to police and chief secretary to treasury to allow an investigation for the stolen funds to be returned to government by those implicated in the fraud.

The final internal investigative audit report of the Embassy revealed that Kapanga, first secretary (administration and finance) Fletcher Chowe and an accountant Msekeremu Muleta allegedly defrauded the embassy $75,000, $288,933.15 and $41,500 respectively.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Rej o i c e Chaponda-Shumba confirmed the suspension of three more officers in connection to the fraud.

Although Chaponda- Shumba could not disclose the names of the three officers, some sources within the ministry told The Daily Times that deputy director of administration Martin Kantikana, senior accounts assistant Grant Kaipa and accounts assistant Mtendere Kajiya were as well implicated in the saga.

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