Catholic bishops demand justice on K577bn cashgate

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government is yet to respond to the powerful Catholic bishops pastoral letter that has blamed the Peter Mutharika administration for being too slow and reluctant to deal with crucial issues affecting Malawians.

President Peter Mutharika's audience with Catholic Bishops at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe (C) Stanley Makuti

Before the pastoral statement: President Peter Mutharika’s audience with Catholic Bishops at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe (C) Stanley Makuti

The hard hitting letter, read in all Catholic churches on Sunday also asks the government to prosecute all those involved in K92 billion and K577 billion scam that some people allege concerns former head of state Bingu wa Mutharika, brother to the incumbent President.

The Bishops of the influential church, said in their pastoral statement that Malawi government should treat the cashgate  matter  from 2005 with the seriousness it deserves considering the serious damage and untold suffering it has brought on many poor Malawians.

“Up to this point, it is encouraging to note that Cashgate cases are being pursued in courts and that suspects are being tried fairly and sentences provided within the laws of the country. However, the general expectation from the public has been that of anguish and anger to the years the culprits are given as punishment. Many believe that the penal code needs to be reviewed to take into consideration cases like looting of public funds of this magnitude since such cases were never considered in the past,” reads the pastoral statement.

The Catholic church also expressed worry with the media trial on some suspect it did not name.

“We are worried with the government’s tendency to prosecute some people through the media. We appeal to the Government through its relevant prosecuting agencies (Anti-Corruption Bureau – ACB, Director of Public Prosecution – DPP) to investigate and prosecute such suspects if there is enough evidence,” said the church.

The church also advocated for “an enabling environment” for the law enforcing agencies to independently investigate and prosecute cases without interference from the Executive.

“We also call upon the prosecuting agencies to expedite investigations of corrupt practices with full-scale and not selective justice. We wish to remind the Government that in governance, how citizens perceive their Government is as equally important as reality itself.

“Therefore, the Government should investigate and bring to conclusion the K92 billion and K577 billion audit queries. We believe that national interests should come first before any individual gain or political expedience.”

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) executive director , Martin  Chiphwanya said it was worrisome to note that since the announcement of K557 billion forensic audit into government was made, both the National Audit Office (NAO) and other government agencies have shied away from updating the nation on its progress.

He said while the nation understands the need to ensure security of the audit and investigators, it was essential that periodic updates were made to ensure that the process remains transparent and credible to the citizenry and all stakeholders.

However, soon after the pastoral letter was read, state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation was leading with a story that the government was congratulating Pope Francis on his Pontiffic Day on Sunday.

The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs read on the radio says the government wishes the Pontiff personal good health and peace and said the government was grateful for the church for the continued assistance to Malawians.

The statement says the government wants the relationship between the church and the government will grow stronger and further for the benefit of Malawians.

The reading of the letter critical of the government comes barely a day after some clergy condemned President Mutharika for commenting on a prophecy by renowned Nigerian prophet TB Joshua.

Mutharika called the prophet crooked and a scam after he prophesied the death of two leaders before the end of their presidential terms in southern Africa.

Government spokesman Jappie Mhango and DPP spokesman Francis Kasaira could not be reached for comment on Sunday evening.

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11 thoughts on “Catholic bishops demand justice on K577bn cashgate”

  1. Amos chapanila says:

    It was written that all these hapening wil apper at the very end of tym. Azibusa onyengawo nawoso ndi agalu.

    1. holly says:

      galu ndiweyo ndi’mathanyula wako yo

  2. mjomba welewo says:

    As far as theste crooks are in gout Malawi will never develop,rejecting the ATI bill,refusing to amend that law of appointing ACB boss,forget about donors…

  3. Masiku otsiliza anthu odyera mbale imodzi adzadana,zonsezi yesu asanafe ananena kudzakhala chilala komanso anthu amaufumu adzadana nthawi yatha or Muthalika achoke sikuti zinthu zisinthika ayi tipemphere molimba akatolika omwewa ndi omwe atatisocholetse

  4. chembwiye says:

    please, please, Malawians what is our problem? this bishops can not go to the president with ideas which they find to solve the problem this country is facing?can we build our country in this way.shame on us.

  5. UNKWON says:

    WHEN ALL THESE THINGS BEGIN TO HAPPEN , LIFT UP YOUR HEADS UPON HEAVEN AND KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON. DON’T BLAME ANYONE FOR THE HUNGER OR RAIN SHORTAGE FOR THESE WERE ORLEDY FORETOLD THAT THEY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE LAST DAYS.WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE SUPPOSE TO NEEL DOWN PRAY AND COMMIT OURSELVES UNTO THE LORD.WE WILL WASTE TIME POINTING FINGERS.SOME EVEN WHO ARE IN FORE FRONT ARE ELDERS IN THEIR CHURCHES.GOD IS VERY ANGRY THAT WHY DD HE CREATE HUMAN BEINGS.

  6. The Analyst says:

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    While the call for justice on the K577 bn loot is as good as the demand for justice on the K92bn loot; the timing itself is as bad as wrong as the people this demand is being made on.

    If the Catholic Church-leaders were busy or were made quiet with something else, its unfortunate; for they missed a golden opportunity for the call on K92 bn and K577 bn loot during Joyce Banda’s rule; coz she is the one who could have done it, with the benefit of a doubt that she wasn’t party to this loot.
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    . . . You see, it is not feasible for the DPP-led govt to investigate these cases, for reasons which are palpable – a thief does not run after and catch and then had him/herself to people (for mob justice) or to Police (for injustice).
    . . . And even if circumstances force them (these thieves) to investigate, no logical conclusion can be reached on these cases.

    Even in the days of long ago (when the world was young and all girls were virgins [not anymore]), the people who accused that adulterous woman before Jesus, were convicted by their own conscience and left the woman scot-free. Coz they knew that they themselves were 5-star fornicators.

    In short, it is only good timing that can determine practicableness and feasibility hence effectiveness of such cases as these, where you rely on thieves to catch fellow thieves.
    Let us therefore make demands that are practical.
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  7. MERCEDES says:

    THATS WHY IN MALAWI DONORS HAS PULL OUT THEY HAVE SEEN TOO MUCH STEALING OF GOVERNMENT MONEY BUT DONT FORGET YOU WILL DANCE TO YOUR TUNES NO MORE AID FOR EVER UNTIL YOU MUST CONFISCATE ALL THAT CASHGATE MONEY DONORS ARE NOT STUPIT ARE WATCHING KIKI!

  8. Vyantonda says:

    577 is the key to donor aid who says no should come out

  9. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Gentlemen one thing at a time, let them finish with the cash gate issues that are there.

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