Belekanyama says Mutharika wealth corrected in fear of verification

Malawi President Peter Mutharika was forced to correct an amount which was indicated that he holds in a bank in the United States of America (USA) after hearing that a verification exercise would follow and realised that the figures might not tally with what he had declared, Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament chairperson Lingson Belekanyama has said.

Belekanyama: Decision lacks legal basis

Belekanyama:  Mutharika feared of being caught out during verificaton

Mutharika has to correct his wealth after it was publicised and Office of the Director of Public Officers Declaration said he actually holds $2 million (around K840 million) and not $8 million (around K3.4 billion) in the foreign account.

Office of the Director of Public Officers Declaration said it will verify the assets and that Mutharika tops the list of those that his office will target in the verification exercise.

Belekanyama said for fear of being caught out lying, Mutharika was forced to change the wealth information.

“Just like if I declared that I have four cars and before verification I have sold one, then I would rush to change what I declared before the exercise in order for it to be in line with what I actually have which is in line with the Act,” said Belekanyama as quoted in The Daily Times.

Assets director Christopher Tukula said every declared property is subject to verification, including foreign-held accounts and, in order to verify the President’s US account, they are going to use diplomatic protocols.

“All foreign held accounts, including that of the Head of State will be subject to that verification exercise; admittedly, it’s an exercise that requires a lot of money. At the moment, we are releasing this information so that whistleblowers that suspect something on the assets declared can come forward to help,” he said.

A legal expert and human rights activist, Justin Dzonzi, said there would be nothing wrong with correcting a genuine mistake as long as the correction ties with the actual bank statement.

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44 thoughts on “Belekanyama says Mutharika wealth corrected in fear of verification”

  1. Sacks Chilli says:

    It is probably in their genes!

  2. Gavalanala Banda says:

    He inflated the figures to rip off docile sleepy Malawians.There is nothing like a genuine mistakes.Dont play around with words to make Mutharika look innocent.The man is just a shameless liar and a thief imposed himself on Malawians and others on positions through crooked means.Every sensible Malawian have lost trust in this old crooked thief.

  3. John M says:

    Pitala, kodi Umbava azaleka liti? Kanyimbi weniweni!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ndadabwa says:

    sanaphonyetse mutarika koma nanakonzekera kuba. they inflated the figures deliberately. him, mulli and goodal gondwe

  5. Chengolopiyo says:

    Are there ‘genuine’ sins? Will God call a certain sin as ‘genuine sin”? DZONZI you must be an imbecile. Galu wachabechabe ukutaniko ku Chanco? Chule mapazi ako wamva?

  6. chalera M. says:

    Tsono pamenepa chimunthubchimenechi ndi mbavadi chikhulupiliro mwa iye ndachotsa,correction pachuma nanga titati tichite correction pamavote aja mavote atsikilatu ndizoonadi munthuyu upresidentiu ndi wakuba ngakhale maphunzilo adachita kubanso

  7. great mazo says:

    kaya zanu izo..

  8. Nanunso Bereka moyo. Have you declared your assets. Mbavanso iwe. Tikukudziwatu bwinobwino iwe.

  9. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Ahlomwe amenewo. Umbuli, umbanda, umbava, usatanic, ugay, uhule, uchigawenga ndiye kudya kwawo. Mighty MCP woyee!!! AChewa anthu akhalidwe osadana ndi mitundu ina yobera mavoti!

  10. Awful President of Malawi (APM) says:

    It must have been Prime Minister Ben Phiri who schemed this fake declaration of assets by the unsuspecting puppet master. Unfortunately this embarrassing scheme has hit a snag and the marauding scheming thieves have been laid bare. Shame!!!

  11. English Guru says:

    the legal profession in malawi is the most rotten, corrupt, leaves-nothing-to-be-desired profession on planet earth, as exemplified here by the comment made by the so-called legal expert, justin dzonzi! i do not know whose ego he is trying to massage by calling peter mutharika’s attempt at day robbery, a genuine mistake! my gosh! you are a failure as a human rights activist, a legal expert who doesn’t seem to know or understand the law, just shut your face dzonzi, your opinions on anything stink!! tenthani in his muckracking on this issue is the one who succinctly calls what this issue really is, a joke thats NOT funny!
    legal profession in malawi! does it have governing regulations, does it have an umbrella body that monitors performance of members?? why do we have criminals representing criminals?? who keeps renewing their licences?? if there was any sort of regulation, justin dzonzi would have his licence revoked for talking rubbish, among other things!!

  12. totani says:

    Ine ndimaonangati 8 millioniyo amabwera mukaphatikiza chuma chonse pamodzi chifukwa munthu utha kulakwitsa total nkulemba 8 pamene zophatikiza zikukwana 2,,,koma ngati masamu a addition sanayende bwino nkumakwanila 8 million ndendende ndekuti umbava unalipo pamenepo

  13. MBACHI says:


  14. i suspekt a foul play in de correktion.dc old shagger wanted 2dupe malawians.

  15. NYAKWAWA says:

    bravo APM
    for being realistic
    and patriotic.

  16. MALAWI WANGA says:

    songiso at work.

  17. Commoner says:

    A Dzonzi musatikwane,inu masiku ano mukuonekeratu kuti muli mbali ya Satana ali pamsana pathuyu(Peter). Chifukwa in ALL ur analysis there is nothing wise u say apart from backing government

  18. Gondwe JK says:

    Belekanyama ali mu cashgate report uyu

  19. Bamusi says:


  20. matako says:

    its good to see pressure put on these corrupt politicians. They declare more than what they have to leave room for the intended stolen loot. Lets be vigilante and make sure there is transparency and accountability in government. Verification should also apply to the book value of the declared vehicles.

  21. stephen says:

    masamu omwe anayenda pa 20 may ndi omwe wo. amaphatikiza choncho man wa;
    ati 5+7=12, 3+9=11, nkukhazikapo,ali pheee.
    Man wa si proffessor of law koma numerical skills

  22. Kokotowa says:

    That is your ill thinking mister Bear-an-Animal.

  23. Jack Ruby says:

    Tangopelekani City rates,paja ma office anunso ku Bt akufuna kukulandani,Tembo was using the money all these years but no one dare to ask him,typical Nyau,ask Majoni

    1. Here we go again says:

      jack ruby ndiwe chitsiru bwanji kuphatikiza nkhani, if u dont have anything to contribute just keep quite, this is about your president who wanted to steal money from poor malawians, here u r castigating other ppo, be careful otherwise u will see!!!

  24. mbani says:

    Dzonzi just shut up ur mouth

  25. Namiasi says:

    Vote 4 mcp to chase these drunkads-Mr Peter chibuku mutharika and Mr Vodca chilima.

  26. Vikhumbo says:

    Belekameat,u must understand things

  27. Mbanangwa says:

    Amagula kutibera mdalayu

  28. Malawiana says:

    So he planned to steal US$ 6 million from the unsuspecting poor souls? Very crude and cruel people these politicians are. Already, politicians like Mchacha are seen terrorising parastatals with fake claims of huge sums of money on services half or not delivered at all. Check with Escom, TCC and others and you will discover the rot in there.

  29. MELINDA says:


  30. mphande yituwa says:

    Iioiiiioiiio what was the intetion

  31. Chatty Man says:

    lasala la chi 40! Mugwidwa kenako.

  32. Nesho says:

    I hate Politicians. these pipo are the same

  33. Kenkkk says:

    And why should someone show off or pretend to be richer that what he really is worth? The declaration doesn’t even include the millions of cash stashed in their houses.

    1. M23 says:

      When they steal, they will declare the true values and the difference wouldn’t be so significant to raise eyebrows. If APM’s wealth is US$2 million but declared US$8 million and during his tenure accumulates an addition $6.5 which makes his true wealth at the end of his term US$8.5 an increase of only US$0.5 million from the declared worth of US$8 million. Surely, people will care less about how he got the the US$0.5 million. But if he declared US$2 million, the increase will be US$6.5 million and every Jim and Jack would want to know how he acquired this worth within a very short time when he had failed to do so in 40 years he had been in the States. Remember, it is only people with sharp minds who may demand the details of his wealth at the end of his term but most of us will be satisfied with the simple statement that APM had US$8 million before he became head of state and left when his wealth was only US$8.5 million. We wouldn’t waste our time scrutinizing the make up of this US$8.5 million.

  34. BOMA LA KUBA says:

    The guy is ready ready to rule the country. He is there to milk poor Malawians. Please remember you have a case to answer before God. You stole the votes.

  35. BOMA LA KUBA says:

    The guy is ready ready to rule the country. He is there to milk poor Malawians. Please remmember you have a case to n=answer before God. You stole the votes.



  37. Brave Nyanyaluwa says:

    Paonetsa kuti pali Bodza kale pamenepa ndiye mwina zina sananene kuti izinso sizili bwino We are all ears Fire away.

  38. che bint says:

    Ziliko nkulinga utatosako.go go go mr tukula.mwinanso ka 840 million..ko kulibe!! Who knoz!! I support u peter koma na pamasamu oti uzitiberawa ndiye ndidana nawe i swear b4 ¡

  39. ujeni says:

    Mutharika was aiming to steal that’s while he was inflating his assets. Crook of a man

  40. Charombanthu says:

    Really??? And we expect to develop as a nation with this line of thinking a Dzonzi?? Genuine mistake??? Are we serious people??? Utter rubbish and waste of tax payers money. I totally agree with Belekanyama. A whole president telling a lie and we laugh about it, take it as business as usual? No wonder all the suspects in the cashgate cases keep changing statements without being scared of being locked up for lying under oath. This nation is a big joke. C’mon Malawi, wake up. I think Raphael Tenthani just hit the nail on the head in his $ sign article.

  41. Hestings Chivundu says:

    Why To Hide?

  42. Ezekiel Peter Ching'oma says:

    kho kho kho

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