Chakwera vows to end PP’s mafia rule: Cashgate source of Malawi woes

President Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP) led government are running Malawi in a “mafia way of governing” according to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera.

Chakwera made the accusations during a Tambala Night at Sunbird Mzuzu on Friday, Chakwera said people have suffered under the PP administration.

He promised to end the “mafia” governance with cashgate scandal as one of them, once he gets into power in May.

Chakwera: I will end the mafia rule

Chakwera: I will end the mafia rule

“We want to bring an end to cashgate. It is a Mafia way of governing,” said Chakwera.

The MCP president said the financial malfeasances at Capital Hill has caused drug shortage in hospitals, hunger and late payment of civil servants salaries.

He said Malawians are facing economic turmoil as a result of few greedy people in the PP who resorted to wrongful self-enrichment.

“Cashgate is killing the country. Cashgate is affecting the country, there are late salaries, drug shortage and most parts of the country are experiencing hunger,” he said.

Chakwera said corruption has been institutionalised under the PP through cashgate mafia networks, saying the PP government cannot to promise reforms when cashgate is their handwork.

He accused PP of introducing cashgate to use the money for campaign, saying MCP would not follow that evil route.

“For MCP, Tambala Night is the approach we have taken and shown for fundraising,” he said.

Chakwera’s choice of mafia words comes after former justice and constitutional affairs minister Ralph Kasambara has accused the State of shielding former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo and businessman cum politician Osward Lutepo prosecution-alleging the two of being main catalyst of the massive looting of State funds famously known as Cashgate scandal.

He said the origins of the scandal were a Cashgate scheme where what he termed the Zomba Mafia who decided how to loot the State and allocated certain people positions in government to facilitate the looting.

PP spokesperson Ken Msonda dismissed accusations as aimed at denting the integrity, good reputation of PP and its leadership.

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