Chakwera accuses Mutharika of shielding ‘cashgate hyenas’ in cabinet

Leader of opposition in parliament and president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera has faulted the Peter Mutharika led-government  of shielding seven cabinet ministers  implicated in the K230 billion Cashgate report.

Chakwera: Cashgate ministers are being shielded from facing the long arm of the law

Chakwera: Cashgate ministers are being shielded from facing the long arm of the law

Mutharika  has  said he will not act on any minister implicated because the Auditor General has not mentioned them despite names  already in public domain after a leak from the National Audit Office..

“The President too is anxiously waiting for the names of such individuals and organisations so that necessary investigations and corrective measures can be taken,” State House press office said.

State  House said it is “pure misinformation and lack of sincerity”  for some individuals and media houses to be accusing the President of not acting on Cashgate ministers when information on the individuals is not available.

President, the State House statement said,  should not be expected to make policy decisions based on rumours and speculation.

But Chakwera said there is no justification for hiding the names of people involved in the fraud since Malawians need to know the truth.

“I think this is just a way of looking into how they can protect those involved in the cashgate scam because we do not see any reason to hide the names,” said Chakwera.

He added that everything need to be let out so that those involved in the corrupt practices should face the long arm of the law.

Vice chair of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee  Kamlepo Kalua dismissed the State House statement as lies, saying the Auditor General provided the names to both the committee and Anti Corruption Bureau.

Social media is awash with the names that include Mutharika’s strong man, Agriculture minister George Chaponda, Mutharika’s right handman, Finance minister Goodall Gondwe and Mutharika’s inner circle of Labour minister Henry Mussa as being amongst the seven.

But Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has stopped the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), National Audit Office (NAO) and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from releasing names of companies and businesspersons implicated in the K230 billion Cashgate report as government is yet to verify any wrongdoing on part of the implicated companies.

The legal opinion was requested by Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa  following a raging public debate on whether the names of the companies should be released to the public after auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) analysed financial transactions in government between 2009 and 2014.

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19 thoughts on “Chakwera accuses Mutharika of shielding ‘cashgate hyenas’ in cabinet”

  1. MKWATHU says:

    Winston Msowoya, you must be one of the stupid people in the world,
    How about Robert Chasowa and 20 July people not forgeting Jaunja what ever i may call? how about the night people who killed their own brother Bingu?

  2. Mgonapamhanya says:

    Kodi a Chakwera zoona mwatemetsa nkhwangwa pamwala kuti simudzaya nkhapo za ‘tractorgate’ popeza inu ndi chipani chanu cha MCP chikukhudzidwa. Mwayambira kutali kupanira mchila pakati miyendo ndiye mudzatani mukadzawina kukhala President? Chipani chanu chikukhudzidwa ndi Cashgate komanso tractorgate. Ndiye tidzakuvotereni chifukwa chiyani?

  3. Winston Msowoya says:

    To fellow patriots,I profoundly apologize for my error close to the last paragraph instead of “PARTIAL”,I used the word “IMPARTIAL”.However,I enjoyed reading your brilliant minds on the issue affecting the entire nation,we must not give in to corrupt and misguided notions.Let’s carry on the struggle to final conclusion.Peter and his boot lickers must be defeated once and for all.

  4. Winston Msowoya says:

    Much as I strongly agree with Chakwera’s demand that Muthalika reigns over his seven rogue Ministers involved in CASHGATE SCANDLE,he forgets the fact that his MCP evil Party did not investigate the diabolical murders of Dick Matenje,Aaron Gadama and Twaibu Sangala.What about the brutal slain of the founder and first President of the dreaded MCP and first African QC,Mr.Orton E.C.Chirwa in Zomba Prison.How about the brilliant economist and orator Dunduzu Chisiza,brutally murdered at Nthodwe bridge by the MCP ruthless operatives,Sweetman Kumwenda,recommended by the colonial Police Commissioner himself to take over his position,was mysteriously poisoned,and highly placed colonial officers pointed at MCP culprits,Richard Mandinga who was likely to become the first Governor of the Bank of Malawi instead of the cruel butcher John Tembo,was tragically killed in a fake car accident,Matupi Mkandawire former Rumphi West MP was wantonly bludgeoned in Dzeleka (Auswitz) concentration camp the list is too long.The high priest,why can’t you remove an object from your eye first and then you go to help the other victim? Personally,I feel that you are impartial for accusing Mathanyula and his servile puppies over the scandal.CHAKWERA,TUMBUKA LIFE MATTERS TOO!!!!

    1. Mgonapamhanya says:

      Correction: Dunduzu Chisiza did not have higher education. Get your facts right before you expose your ignorance.

  5. Mgift says:

    Pita must die so that Malawi can be healed

  6. bulutu says:

    The taxpayers need to know the names and if anyone will be found to be innocent after legal prosecution, the compensation will be paid by the same people through their taxes and so, give them the names of suspects. The same citizenry has paid large sums in compensation because of illegal arrests due to political hatred or illegal dismissals by incoming governments each time govt changes. Is it that now they are busy destroying evidence? It is too few people who are scared of revealing names as if compensation will be paid from their personal pockets!!!! Malawi has alot f money and it is really misdirected in use. If all these monies were prioritised for food growing and education there could have been no cries, but alas!!!

  7. Gogodasi says:

    I have read most of the comments made on this forum, but all are missing one point. There is no need to blame the President, the Attorney General or the Auditor General. They are simply using their right to shield their friends and protect their jobs, but the major problem is the opposition which is so weak. The opposition MUST and I repeat the opposition MUST call for a meeting of Parliament to discuss this matter so the nation be told the truth about the whole saga. Malawians want to know the names of the so called cashgate hyenas. All that the opposition is doing is play devils advocacy to seek public support. They are a government in waiting and MUST take this government to task until until it reveals the names of the alleged thieves (Misters) if we are to believe that the opposition is up for serious business, osangobwebweta ngati Kabwila without tangible results.

    1. Kanchenga says:

      You are wrong my friend. There is nothing the opposition can do apart from talking. Do you expect them to start civil war. Calling parliament is impossible when the president who is supposed to do that in consultation with the speaker is involved. The opposition is talking to excited you to do something but docile as you are the opposition could end up isolated and foolish like the CSOs have ended up every time they tried to lead you into positive action. Foolish cowardly poverty stricken citizen. A broken nation and a broken people.

  8. We ask the Mps to boy cot the November parliamentary sitting until the rotten hyenas who stole our money are named, put to shame and jailed. we do not wan dabble standard type of gafment. This is why Muluzi’s cash gate case is stalling at ACB. You were swift in naming and arresting those who were involved in cashgate during Jyce Banda’s regime. Now khoswe ali pa mkhate try to kill it mkhate usweka and that will be the end of dpp gafment.

  9. CHIKUTUMBWE says:

    APM WAS QUICK TO ORDER THE ARREST OF ANIVA IN NSANJE FOR PRACTICING KULOWA KUFA BUT SUDDENLY, HE HAS GROWN COLD FEET ON JUST FIRING THE SEVEN IMPLICATED CABINET MINISTERS. WHERE DID MUTHARIKA GET THE NEWS ABOUT ANIVA? I THOUGHT IT WAS THE SAME PRESS. NOW WHY IS HE NOT DOING THE SAME WITH THE SEVEN HYENAS WHO STOLE OUR MONEY?

    MGEME KALIRANI, CAN YOU ANSWER THAT?

    YOU MEAN THE WHOLE STATE PRESIDENT CAN FAIL TO GET THE NAMES OF 7 ROTTEN CABINET MINISTERS? REALLY? IF THAT IS THE CASE, THEN AM SORRY TO SAY THAT WE HAVE A COMPLETE FOOL FOR THE PRESIDENT>>>

  10. Trendex says:

    THE WORLD IS AGAINST THE POOR. SEE HOW ANIVA HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND SENTENCED IN FEW DAYS. SEE HOW KUMWEMBE AND KASAMBARA HAVE WASTED PUBLIC TAX PAYERS MONEY. SEE HOW THE PRESIDENT IS SIDING WITH THE SEVEN THIEVES INCLUDING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO DELIBERATELY BENDS THE LAW. IF THE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL ARE NOT WILLING TO RELEASE THE NAMES OF THOSE MINISTERS INVOLVED IN THE SCAM, A TENTATIVE CONCLUSION CAN BE DRAWN THAT THEY ARE PART AND PARCEL OF THE SYNDICATE. VIVA KAMLEPO!!!!! VIVA CHAKWERA!!! IF THEY ARE HIDING NOW, LET THIS BE A PRIORITY IN THE NOVEMBER PARLIAMENTARY SITTING. ASATINAMIZIRE NDI ZA HYENA WA KU NSANJE. ZIMENEZO ZATHA KALE KOMA YA MA BILLION NDIYIMENE TIKUFUNA IFE PAKALI PANO. WINA ALIRA CHAKA CHAKE NDI CHINO. WASATA AMBUYE AKE.

  11. The Patriot says:

    These are the real hyenas, worse than Mr Aniva and even worse than Albino killers! Just because of Cashgate the whole nation is suffering but somehow the names of these hyenas are more important than all Malawians!
    Imagine some of these hyenas even have ambitions to rule us one day! We are indeed a hyena republic!!
    Here is what will make APM relaese the names of the 7 hyenas: report the issue to BBC and APM will act, he gets goose bumps every time bad news from Malawi reaches BBC.

    1. Gunman says:

      On point

  12. poly police says:

    The real cashgate is the DPP one, the one in media domain now. A Joyce anagodya makombo. I can bet that the DPP will tirelessly keep this under wrap. You can not tell me that the whole president in plot number one is not aware of the names. The issue here is whosoever got involved and in whatever mode the DPP as a party must have benefitted. So do not expect APM to act. All this talk about corruption from DPP is to blind fold the public to think that they are clean. But let it be known that Malawi of today is not as dull as the DPP thinks. We will get to the bottom of it. We will name and shame perpetrators of theft of public funds. Can we not be ashamed that this country like a cow that has not grazed for years and yet we still want to milk it.

  13. mphatso says:

    Anyone involved must be arrested whether Joyce Banda Henry Mussa or Chaponda we dont care a thief is a thief.billions were stolen so there must be a thief attached to it.If the people are indeed the tax payers then give them the full report because they are the bosses otherwise i will request all Malawians to stop paying taxes

  14. Achimidzimidzi says:

    If it was me, this would have been reported to police and immediate arrest. I could prove my innocence thereafter.

    Dr Chakwera forget about this issue. Our police officer, constable Peter Arthur Muthalika, the President is busy catching hyenas in Nsanje district. You know hyenas are on the run now

    1. Kaziulika Chimugonda says:

      Unbelievable! Some are already serving jail terms for the same cashgate scandal while the state is shielding senior cashgaters. Ordinary citizen can’t just understand rationale here. This is selective justice at best. Free all involved in this case. God, have mercy on us!

    2. zoona says:

      Pilizi pilizi APM dont fire us we are very loyo to you. Enawa bwana ndi nsanje chifukwa sanadye nawo. Fire Kamphasa kupupuluma kwambiri kodi amati tikadye kwa amake ife. Chonde tidzakuvoterani ndipo ife sitilimbirana mpando waupulezidenti ndi inu. Komanso aliyense wokutsutsani timulodza abwana. Cashgate cashgate chiyani apa osalankhula za Chindagate bwanji. My last recommendation bwana is that fire all ACB, NAO, FIU employees and the police akutisokoneza kulemera ife. Vote DPP vote APM.

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