By Staff Writer
New information has emerged that Paul Kanyama resigned as Inspector General of Police to avoid increasing pressure from two senior State House aides who were pushing for illegal deals.
The Chief of Staff Peter Mukhito and President Peter Mutharika’s special aide Ben Phiri had been pushing him to award contracts to owners of Ocean Industries Limited (Oil) to supply guns and anti-riot gear.
“Actually that deal has been made which is the reason why the Malawi Police Service overspent than any other department in government in the last 6 months,” said a State House source worried about how the two are denting Mutharika’s image.
Zuneth A.R Satta owns Ocean Industries Limited registered in Malawi and fronts two companies registered in Singapore and Hong Kong which were also implicated in the Cashgate and are still under probe.
Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe last week told Parliament that the Malawi Police Service overspent by 163 percent in the last six months. He didn’t elaborate.
Kanyama resigned last week in what he said health reasons. The resignation came as parliament was busy debating his appointment which, according to experts, was illegal because he had already retired and collected his pension.
President Mutharika appointed Kanyama alongside Rodney Jose for the post of Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General of Police respectively after the retirement of Loti Dzonzi as the countries IG