Government on Thursday confirmed the immediate interdiction of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo following his recent arrests.
Mphwiyo was until his interdiction the director of implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC).
Confirming the development to Weekend Nation, OPC public relations officer Arthur Chipenda said the director was interdicted just after he was arrested on Cashgate related cases.
“I can confirm that indeed the former budget director has been interdicted following his arrests by the Anti-Corruption Bureau,” said Chipenda.
He said the interdiction is in accordance with the Malawi Public Service Regulations concerning public officers that have been arrested and charged with various offences.
According to the regulations, an interdiction is temporary suspension pending official inquiry and, if cleared, the officer is reinstated.
Mphwiyo was a year ago shot three times by unknown thugs at his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe and was flown to South Africa for surgical treatment.
His shooting opened a wave of revelations of the plundering of taxpayer’s money at the seat of government with some civil servants being caught with cash stashed in car boots and homes.
His interdiction comes after two arrests in two months
Mphwiyo is currently on bail facing theft and money laundering charges amounting to K2.1 billion.
Just last week MRA in conjunction with ACB arrested Mphwiyo and a business man for evading tax.