Blantyre - A top Malawi official suspected of embezzling
$15m from the state coffers was arrested and charged with corruption on
Thursday, officials said.
Treza Namathanga Senzani, the principal secretary in the
ministry of tourism, is most senior official to be arrested after the
revelation of a graft scandal that prompted President Joyce Banda to dissolve
her cabinet last week.
Senzani was arrested along with Geoffrey Sinoya, a junior
Authorities said the two were nabbed after complaints that
they were making "illegal entries" into the government payment
Senzani is accused of ordering payments to her company for
services or business that never took place.
She is out on bail and her case will resume next month.
The impoverished southern African country was last week
rocked by a major corruption and fraud scandal dubbed the "Capital Hill
cash-gate" scandal, named after the seat of government.
Several public servants have been arrested on suspicion of
emptying the public purse.
On Monday, Vice President Khumbo Kachali blamed the looting
of government coffers on "loopholes" in the state's payment system
and vowed to punish culprits.