Press Statement on The Shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphiyo: Joyce Banda Horrified
PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT HORRIFIED BY SHOOTING OF BUDGET DIRECTOR, PLEDGE SUSTAINED FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND FRAUD
The President, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda and her Government are deeply appalled and horrified with the barbaric and targeted shooting of the Budget Director in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Paul Mphwiyo, on Friday night as he was getting into his residence.
Mr. Mphwiyo was severely wounded from the shooting and was evacuated by Government and is presently in hospital in South Africa in a critical but stable condition. Government wishes to assure Mr. Mphwiyo’s family and the whole nation that it will do everything in its power to save the life of the Budget Director.
The Government wishes to assure the public that the police and other law enforcement agencies are
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working around the clock to apprehend and bring to book perpetrators of this heinous crime.
The Government wishes to notify the public that it strongly believes that Mr Mphwiyo’s shooting was not just any other robbery but a planned and targeted attack aimed at silencing him and the Government in the fight against high levels of corruption and fraud.
Furthermore, the Government wishes to assure all officers in the Malawi Public Service and Malawians in general that it will do its utmost to provide adequate security to those assisting the Government to fight corruption and fraud.
The President and the Government therefore wish to assure all Malawians that the fight against corruption and organised fraud in Government, which had become entrenched in the past years, will in no way be deterred by this shooting but it will be sustained to ensure that these evils are rooted out of the Government and the nation at large.
Office the President and Cabinet
15th September, 2013
01 789 311