Former principal secretary (PS) at Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) responsible for Finance Joster Njanji was arrested yesterday in connection with ongoing investigations over the looting of public funds at Capital Hill dubbed cashgate.
Malawi Police Service (MPS) national spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo confirmed in an interview that Njanji was in police custody as we went to press.
However, Manjolo did not mention the police station where Njanji was being kept, but said he will appear in court any time soon.
Manjolo said: “I can confirm that [Joster] Njanji has been arrested and the charges are his connection to cashgate when he was at the OPC.”
Currently, Njanji is PS at the Ministry of Defence.
Two weeks ago, Njanji was also arrested and questioned for about an hour at Area 18’s Lingadzi Police Station.
The investigations on massive embezzlement of taxpayers’ money from public coffers at Capital Hill have seen a number of arrests of both junior and senior public servants.
On one hand, the misappropriation of taxpayers’ money has prompted Malawi’s major donors sitting under the Common Approach to Budgetary Support (Cabs) delaying budget support to Malawi worth $150 million (over K60 billion) citing concerns over theft at Capital Hill.