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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MKWATHU
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MKWATHU
1 month 29 days ago

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?

Mgonapamhanya
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Mgonapamhanya
1 month 29 days ago

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?

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
1 month 29 days ago

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.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
1 month 30 days ago
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… Read more »
Mgonapamhanya
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Mgonapamhanya
1 month 29 days ago

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

Mgift
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2 months 13 hours ago

Pita must die so that Malawi can be healed

bulutu
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bulutu
2 months 1 day ago
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… Read more »
Gogodasi
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Gogodasi
2 months 1 day ago
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… Read more »
Kanchenga
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Kanchenga
2 months 6 hours ago

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.

Petre Mathanyula.
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2 months 1 day ago

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.

CHIKUTUMBWE
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CHIKUTUMBWE
2 months 1 day ago
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… Read more »
Trendex
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Trendex
2 months 1 day ago
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… Read more »
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