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Vincent Nundwe, George Kainja dismiss interdiction allegations

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NUNDWE— We have not used the allocation

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Vincent Nundwe and Police Inspector General George Kainja have dismissed allegations that they have been interdicted over allegations of abuse of Covid funds.

A write-up making rounds on the social media alleged that the two and Dokani Ngwira, Head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), had been interdicted for the alleged abuse.

It was alleged that Nundwe was sent home as head of a cluster for MDF that was allocated K120 million that was believed to have been abused.

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Nundwe dismissed the allegations as fake and being paraded by people who have their own agenda.

“I am in Blantyre right now coming from Mulanje, where I visited soldiers. I have not been suspended and those people have narratives they want to accomplish. Normally, I am not at those meetings. We have our Chief of Operations who goes there. When the funds come, these are the people who budget and disperse the funds and, so far, we are one of the departments which have done well.

“For your information, from the K6.2 billion, we were given K85 million and we have not used it because Dodma [Department of Disaster Management Affairs] had not given us permission to spend the money until Wednesday. If anything, the money they are talking about was given to my predecessors and they used it,” he said.

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Nundwe also trashed allegations that he used part of the money to finish constructing his lodge, saying construction of the lodge in the question was completed in 2018 before the advent of Covid.

It was also alleged that Kainja had been sent home for committing similar offences, among them that he used part of Covid funds to repair his shops in Ntchisi, Dowa and Lumbadzi.

Kainja, too, dismissed the claims as fake news.

“Social media has a lot of information but most of it is fake. This is fake and propaganda being driven by people who have their own agendas against me,” he said.

On NIS’s Ngwira, the write-up said he used part of Covid funds to purchase furniture for his home in Area 44.

Ngwira declined to comment on the matter saying this would be going against the National Intelligence Service Act.

“Go and grab for yourself a National Intelligence Service Act copy and see. I cannot be commenting on such issues and, in fact, I am too angry to comment,” he said.

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