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Newsline: Malawi Police arrests deputy ambassador over Ethiopia embassy fraud

Malawi Police in Lilongwe have arrested the suspended Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia, Doreen Kapanga, in connection with K293 million theft at the Embassy. Before her appointment to Ethiopia, Kapanga was a Deputy Inspector General of Police. A preliminary audit report into a suspected fraud indicates that over K184 million might have been stolen covering a period of 12 months. Kapanga and Fletcher Chowe, who was first secretary for administration and finance, were suspended and recalled from mission after being implicated in the fraud. The fraud was first detected when Chowe allegedly wrote a cheque of US$30,000 in his name and the cheque was signed by Kapanga. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has instituted reforms in Malawi’s missions abroad which includes reducing the number of diplomats in established positions from 234 to 152 and established an appraisal system to apply to local and Malawi staff. Government has since recalled 82 diplomats from the country’s foreign missions and plans to reduce the number further by the end of June next year. There are 19 Malawi foreign missions of which eight are in Africa, four in Europe, five in Asia in addition to the United Nations mission in New York.



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