‘I cannot fire 7 cashgate ministers’: Mutharika defiant on Malawi grand corruption

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has put his foot down saying he would not fire any minister   implicated in the  K577 billion (about $856 million) financial analysis report in the wake of revelations that seven Cabinet ministers were allegedly involved in the mismanagement of the public funds.

President Mutharika: Tell me the names of the 7 rotten ministers

President Mutharika: Tell me the names of the 7 rotten ministers

A statement from Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani says Mutharika cannot implement policy decisions on rumours and speculation.

He said the Auditor General has not yet released the details of those involved.

The statement comes amid calls for Mutharika to fire his seven ministers named in the report.

Social media say the named ministers are Mutharika’s frontline troops who include  also Agriculture minister George Chaponda, Mutharika’s inner circle which include Finance minister Goodall Gondwe, Labour minister Henry Mussa, Mines and Energy Minister Bright Msaka.

Malawians in social media and other sections of society have expressed concern over delays to take action against the seven cabinet ministers but Kalilani, in the statement says anyone with information on the names of the seven senior cabinet ministers should come forward with the names with evidence.

Kalilani says the President is following the Attorney General’s legal opinion which is against releasing the names.

“The president too is anxiously waiting for the names and the companies so that collective measures are taken,” says Kalilani in the statement.

He accuses newspapers of “hijacking” the report to misinform the public, saying it is in public domain that the Auditor General has revised the figure from K577 billion to K236 billion.

He describes those commenting on the matter as ‘comedians masquarading as governance experts’.

Revelations of the K577 billion cashgate came hot on the heels of a forensic audit report by British firm, RSM (formely called Baker Tilly), that established that K24 billion was looted from Capital Hill between April and September 2013 under the administration of Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP).

Banda is on record saying “ There must be a stubborn link between the MK577 billion scandal of 2009 and 2012 and the MK20 billion cashgate of 2013.”

Observers also note that lack of political will has crippled Malawi’s anti-corruption  bureau, undermining their efforts through political interference and threats.

Given Malawi’s political patronage system, it is highly unlikely that President Mutharika will put his trusted ministers in the dock .

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31 thoughts on “‘I cannot fire 7 cashgate ministers’: Mutharika defiant on Malawi grand corruption”

  1. mr presdent its high tym u have had shed crocdiles tears ,,,,,,,do yu mean to say the whole presdent hasnt bin served with acopy……minus the acb ?……………………rily?

  2. kabishuda says:

    a mgeme kalirani kodi mumadya nsete za peter muthalika eti… dont spoil your career a peter atha kale zoti muzilankhula zinthu za nsete pano nde mupwetekeka…..

  3. Maunisi says:

    Chitimbe a DPP man don’t mention opposition. Just bring the 7 minister to book. I know Peter is also involved. My worry is Kamphasa will be in trouble if the names by tomorrow are not released for investigation by ACB.

  4. wamuthalika says:

    Bisani ndithu mbava zinzanuzo koma musatitengele kuchala 2019 adzakuchotsani

  5. Kanthu Ako! says:

    It appears everyone knows the 7 names.

    why has no one listed 7 names on this forum which keeps mentioning up to now a maximum of 4, and How was Msaka involved? he was not a minister until after cash gate, in fact if I am not mistaken he was a diplomat part of the time of the cash gate.

    Too much speculation. This forum shows images of confidential memos and cheques etc, and you want us to believe no one has been able to look at this report and hence the names?

    I believe this is a ploy, so that when the names are published and the ones people have been made to expect to be there do not appear you cry cover up.

    Very strange that no whistle-blower has seen the names?

  6. tozer tsono says:

    According to Nyasa Times contributor Wanga Gwede’s article of June 19, 2015, Peter Mutharika responded to a question from a reporter about the then K92 billion cashgate. The question was asked during a news conference held in Capital Lilongwe, on June 18th 2015, a Thursday. As Wanga Gwede reports Mutharika is quoted as saying, “he would pursue convictions in all scandals, saying his administration will not spare anyone as far as cash-gate is concerned”.
    The article also mentions that he, the President Peter Mutharika, during this evening news conference, was accompanied by Ministers George Chaponda, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Joseph Mwanamvekha and Patricia Kaliati.

    Well, the question to the President is as follows, when the names are in the possession of both his government’s Auditor General, Kamphasa and his attorney general, Kaphale, why can’t he just ask them to provide him with the names? Kamphasa should publicize the names to inform the president of those involved but also to protect those auditors already know about the list. No one knows who killed Issa Njauju, from ACB, to date. Will they kill again and who is next on the hit list? Publicize the names to receive protection from fellow citizens and Malawi’s international partners.

  7. Iggy Bo says:

    Efulefu!

  8. The Analyst says:

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    Munthu akakunena kuti ndiwe hule (usali hule) or kuti ndiwe mbava (usali mbava).
    . . . you do everything possible, using whatever opportunity, no matter how small; to save your name.
    . . . Why does APM seem not concerned or bothered, he is being accused of shielding some thieves?
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    Do such answers as, “Am not aware” or “the Auditor General has not yet released the details”, show someone who is interested in exonerating himself from the blame? Not at all.
    . . . What if, for some reason; the Auditor General decides not to release or give you the details?, will you not make a follow-up? Certainly, you will!
    . . . why dont you follow up now?, since you seem to imply that the Auditor General is the one holding you?
    . . . And why wait for the Auditor General when we all know that the Auditor General acts on your instructions?
    . . . So you are waiting for yourself to act? Does this even make sense? Professorial sense, maybe.
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    Its strange that APM has, on several occasions had so many opportunities to clear his name off the cashgate hook, simply by taking an interest in the the report and possibly acting on it.
    . . . Or does he not care about his integrity? which is paper-thin now, the more he keeps giving lame excuses?
    Malawi deserves more from you, professor. Otherwise, you are acting less of the professor you are, and more of a commoner you are not.
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    1. Nyasa265 says:

      That is so true,the APM would’ve been working day and night trying to cleanse the fact that he is being accused of shielding thieves
      Otherwise this case is being studied and soon will be changed

  9. Issa says:

    Chititimbe lives in Iraq and Peter lives in Afghanistan that’s why the two of you don’t know anything about the report. If the Turkish president can fire the entire nation what are 7 ministers

    1. Chititimbe says:

      Some people are sluggards. How can you compare the Turkish case with the Malawi’s case? How can you believe what the opposition is saying without giving you any evidence but the number of ministers? Hahahahaha if this is the way Malawians think, then Malawi will remain economically poor for at least the next hundred years. Is it surprising that they started with no any other name but that of Chaponda? Later they added Henry Mussa’s name and now they have added another, Bright Msaka. Don’t you really have eyes to see what is going on here? I could correctly guess the opposition’s “wisHful” list of shame. This is just a cooked up story to achieve their selfish desires.

      My argument is that whosoever (opposition) saw Chaponda’s name in that report also had seen the names of the rest of the 7 most hated ministers. Then why is the opposition giving us Chaponda’s name only? When Malawians asked them to give us the names and not the number of ministers implicated, they went back and cooked up Mussa’s name. Observing that their propaganda is still not a hot potato on the market, they now have cooked up the third name (Bright Msaka). The opposition (not the report) will implicate all the mid-night six plus ….your guess is as good as mine.

      The fact of the matter is that there are no ministers’ names in the report. This is just hatred and jealous or dirty politics if you like. Instead of these politicians developing this country, they are busy outdoing and killing each other politically with their hearts filled with hate and jealous. But I am not surprised to see that majority of commentators here are buying this failed propaganda. After all this is just NyaSatimEs. The road to foolishness is as wide as that going to the hell while the road to wisdom is narrower as that going to salvation.

      Hahaha Issa, ndiye wati ndine Iraqi cause my views are different from yours? Ndavomera kkkkk. I think Iraq is better than Chititimbe kkkkkkk. I will definitely move to Iraq

      1. Kumbukani says:

        Mr. Chitimbe, do you think those files handed over to ACB do not have names? Can the president not get information of those files? Really? Malawians are not kids. Why should these names be protected while those files involved in the MK 20 billion cashgate were released to the public? Are these sacred cows? Why?

  10. tsetsefly says:

    Now you can believe that we have an organised team of armed robbers in gvt. I am glad we are getting to know the DPP better. We thought the arrogance was long gone but my shocking surprise may be this is a family trait. So yes don’t fire them coz we will fire all if you in 2019.

  11. melifa says:

    even if the names are known to the president,i dont see him doing anything because he is worthless coward.

  12. Life says:

    By now, the president, if he was indeed the leader of this nation, should have known or insisted to know who was involved in this financial mismanagement. He is the PRESIDENT!! It is in fact a sign of being passive, lazy, ..that he still has not asked the auditor general to brief him on this issue. I MEAN, he is supposed to be the “owner” of this country. How can he not make that effort to know this issue inside out based on the information currently available: that’s making him unable to get donor approval and consequent funding? Either he is extremely lazy, stupid or is useless-there is no other option. Anyway, only coachroach sized people would expect anything from this MAN!!

    1. Penya says:

      The rat is sitting on the gourd.

  13. Achimidzimidzi says:

    One thing for sure is that the names are not for ordinary people or companies, otherwise these names would have been out by now. You know what I mean?, “All the rats are afraid to put the bell on the cat’s neck” Somewhere, somehow the report is being studied and changed.

    What is was the purpose of the audit if the findings are kept secret now…??????

  14. vizala says:

    Chititimbe ndiwe mbuzi yeniyeni yamano kusi.

    1. Chititimbe says:

      Hahahahaha ok ndine mbuzi. I would rather be mbuzi than burning inside with jealous of those who are doing well or letting myself be a victim of propaganda like yourself.

  15. Gerard mapanga Phiri says:

    Sometimes its hard to understand Malawians

  16. Dr Mbilixi says:

    Malawians will fire you come 2019

  17. Chititimbe says:

    By the way, how can the president fire those so called ministers when he doesn’t know their names? Where is the list of those so called rotten 7 ministers? The media is still giving us the number (7) and not the names. Why is that? NoboDy knows the names because they were just created by some jeAlous people. Njala, nthenda, nSanjE in our national anthem yavuta kwambiri pa Malawi pano.

    1. The Analyst says:

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      Chitimbe,
      . . . how difficult is it for APM to ask the Auditor General to brief him (APM) about the contents of the report?
      . . . is it not embarrassing for the whole Head of State to keep telling us he doesnt know what is in the report?
      . . . and why wait to be briefed when he (APM) can equally get a copy and read it?
      Truth is, the answers that APM is giving are not convincing.
      . . . Thus, either he has seen the report and doesnt want to act on it OR he is not interested in seeing the report. And either way, it does not bode well for APM’s integrity, let alone Malawi’s; since he is the Head of State.
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      1. Chititimbe says:

        The fact of the matter is that APM has seen the report and the names of the most hated ministers by the opposition are not there and it’s not correct and right for APM to tell the nation that the most hated 7 ministers’ names are not in the report. The right mouthpiece will do that job. What APM and the opposition are doing is just politics.

        1. kanchenga says:

          I thought you were right about Malawians being jealous but come to think about it this way. Anything that goes long in government the president is responsible. Huge monies went missing and a report is issued. Who should get this report first. Surely if Malawian are this careless then no wonder we have foolish leaders. They are a product of foolish voters. It’s really a shame the whole president is not aware. I thought he should saying no my fellow Malawian it’s a lie there is no such report. But then his senior officers have acknowledged it so he should be aware. Which means he is lying. Okay if this is opposition propaganda. Why is the president lying.

        2. Alfred Minjo says:

          Bravo Chitimbe…you inspire me with your responses. Continue to school them please….

          1. Chititimbe says:

            Thanks

        3. The Analyst says:

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          The first part which states that APM (being Head of State) has seen the report is very true.
          . . . so why should the whole Head of State lie to us? as already asked by Kanchenga below?
          But the second part of your response (of some names not being there), may not be true.
          . . . Otherwise, APM or his mouthpiece could have said it already.
          In fact, they could have sent a copy of the report to Nyasatimes for the public’s free download as they did with the Baker Tilly report. Moreso, chiefs could have been paraded on MBC throwing disparage at the opposition.
          . . .the fact that they are just jumping up and down, giving such lame excuses as ” I am not aware” or “am waiting for the Aditor General,” tells us something. The report is full of bad-smelling stuff. Good thing is, time has a way!
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          1. Chititimbe says:

            Alright, I get you, The Analyst. Let me agree to disagree with you for the first time on this forum. But before I go, I want you to appreciate how I reached to the conclusion that there are no names of the ministers in that report. I have many unanswered questions on this issue.

            Let’s assume that it is “trUe” that among those on this list of shame are the so called 7 ministers. Then the question is who saw those names in the report and subsequently leaked them to the opposition? The right answer could be “some people who are not the fan of the current government”. If so, why did they just leak Chaponda’s name only and shield other ministers? Is this really adding up? Are they a fan of those ministers they are shielding? Probably no, they are not. If so, then they would also be a fan of Chaponda and would not have leaked his name. Let’s also assume that these people who leaked Chaponda’s name are neutral. That’s they are neither pro-opposition or pro-government, just like you and me. Then the biG question is: As neutral as they are, why are they shielding ministers but Chaponda? No sensible answer can be given here. If they are not either apolitical or political, then who are they? This comes to the conclusion that there are no ministers names in the report. If this is true then who came up with the name of Chaponda the number 7? There are no people who leaked Chaponda’s name from the report because in the first place there are no ministers’ names there. The fact is that the opposition just cooked up this story.

            We can go on with these assumptions and pose these questions forever and ever, but nothing will add up. And the more we do this the more we expose and put this lie to it’s right position. I will stand firm and defend my position on this story until more new information is given.

            Thank you, I rest my case.

          2. The Analyst says:

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            “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” – Mahatma Ghandi
            . . . And trust me, we are making progress (mental/knowledge/thought) here when we ask such thought-provoking questions as the ones you have brought forth, specifically on why only two or three names are mentioned and not all 7, if indeed the report has names which someone happened to see.
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            . . . While this observaion shall remain a puzzle, APM’s responses (pretending not to know whats going on, and blaming the Auditor General for his [APM’s] pretence of lack of knowledge) is a lie and an indication that there is something in the report..
            . . . and lack of knowledge/ignorance or lying, is not a virtue for a president.
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          3. Chititimbe says:

            I have one question for you. If the president had told you that he has the report and there are no ministers’ names, would you believe him?

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