Chakwera’s K650 million mansion raises questions: Chidzanja- Nkhoma alleges party funds abuse

There is tension in the main opposition party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) following  accusations that party leader Lazarus Chakwera has been diverting party funds to fund the construction of his personal mansion in Lilongwe.

Chakwera Palace

Chakwera Palace

Chakwera mansion under construction

Chakwera mansion under construction

The said mansion sits on a 5-acre land in an exclusive suburb of Area 6 in Lilongwe and ha so far consumed MK600 million of  what  the anti-Chakwera faction—led by Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, claim is  MCP money from Parliament and private donations.

According to sources who took pictures from all angles, the mansion has close to 15 rooms excluding spaces for kitchens, bathrooms and storerooms. It also has got 6 staff houses.

“It is huge and one wonders why Chakwera has only managed a house now after failing to do so for the many years he was church pastor as Assemblies of Gof church. This vindicates what we have said all along that party finances are being abused here,” laments Chidzanja Nkhoma.

The politician-cum-pastor has managed to construct the mansion all in a space of one year which raises more eyebrows on his dealings.

Just last year Chakwera accused people who were involved in Cashgate of constructing huge mansions in few months, a thing he argued is not possible when one is using honest funds.

Chakwera’s wealth has come under scrutiny over the past months with reports that he has diverted close to K80 million of money meant for the party to his personal account.

He is also being accused by disgruntled party members of enjoying dodgy funding from Asians and other crooked financers.

There revelations that Chakwera is failed to account for millions of kwachas he was given by MCP lovers in diaspora in United States, Germany and South Africa among other places during the last campaign.

Also under question is a fleet of 15 cars that Chakwera has registered in his name right now from a background of owning only two cars when he became MCP leader.

All this comes at a time when the party has only K5032. 50 in its Standard Bank account and is struggling to finance party functions across the board.

MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila could not comment on personal assets of Chakwera.

But party administrative secretary Portipher Chidaya said MCP detractors “are all out fishing on anything that could dent Chakwera’s image,” saying “unfortunately they will not succeed.”

Some disgruntled members of the party, among them ex-district and regional committee leaders who lost recent elections, called upon Chakwera to resign or call for a convention. They accused him of mismanaging affairs of the party, including breaking its constitution.

Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, a former close aide of Chakwera who fell out with the party leader just after the 2014 elections—also accused him of appointing officials into the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) without the backing of the law.

But the party’s Central Region branches , dismissed Chidzanja-Nkhoma’s allegations as a ploy by some power-hungry officials fighting for Chakwera’s downfall.

Lilongwe South West Constituency chairperson Hardwell Kachibekete said “Those who claim to demand a convention have been sent to destabilise the party, but they will not succeed.”

He said  MCP is intact and not divided.

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Mwaonatu
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Mwaonatu
1 month 7 days ago

A Rhodamnso nanu ndi ochititsa manyazi. Chakwera 2019 boma lake liti? Do you have eyes? Muzidzalira kuti mwabeledwanso mukadzagwira nyansi zanuzo popanda madzi!

Chambe
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Chambe
1 month 7 days ago

If Chakwera keeps quiet, then we will believe that he is another “Cash Gater”
The onus remains with him to reveal his source of income for his house. and prove his critics wring.Unfortunately thus what happens when you occupy a high political position; your every step is under scrutiny. It all started like this with Zuma’s Inkandla Home. Many of his boot lickers rubbished the allegation but the issue refused to go until Zuma was disgraced at the Constitutional court.

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
1 month 8 days ago
To some of us,this is what we expected when we learned that the man of God had now joined the evil game (POLITICS).To those who defend Chakwera,are all MCP former Banda’s serviles with like mentality,they are the people whose paths have been indoctrinated to their last drop of blood.Chakwera first and foremost,joined politics to amass wealth and live a different life from common Malawians.Learn from Banda,he was a Church Elder and you saw what he did to Malawians in 32 years of his barbaric rule.When he came to Nyasaland,he was a poor man,he had been fed,clothed and accommodated by the… Read more »
Bolero
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Bolero
1 month 8 days ago

Ife tamangapo ma mansion mu Lilongwe we know how much it cost to reach the level of Chakwera’s house. It is not even half the figure mentioned

chalo
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1 month 8 days ago

How on earth could this raw structure have cost K600 million?’. This is pure jelousy and politiking by failed people like Chatinkha. Leave Chakwera alone and concentrate on drinking this famous miracle healing juice from Malangalanga.

samson mkaka
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samson mkaka
1 month 8 days ago

Team chakwera also is accusing Chatinkha kuti she got money from dpp, lets be balanced and also demand evidence of this. From my vivid recollection Chakwera did not complain when Chatinkha wasted her hard earned money on his campaign for mcp presidency. Chatinkha’s house was our campaign headquarters and why is it that every time someone in mcp expresses concern of what is going on we jump to accuse them of being used by its rival…. it childish and doesnt solve the problems at hand… ie violation of constitution, lack respect for the party code of conduct.

tony kanyenda
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tony kanyenda
1 month 8 days ago

rubbish, this plot of land is not even 1/2 an acre, where in area 6 can one get 5 acres of land, that’s equivalent to 25-35 area six plots, and how can a standard double story house cost 650 million, bodza leni leni, stupid journalism at its best

Mussolin-Hitler
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1 month 8 days ago

Chakwera ndi wa jajing’í. Anaona kuti kwaphweka ku mcp with jzu too old. Ndipite ndikawaombe achewa! Ndiye waomba’tu. Even if he retired today, waomba, man.

Mussolin-Hitler
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1 month 8 days ago

Uku ndiye kuba poyera. Seize the thief! get the backslider out of our beloved Mussolin-Hitler party!

Commonsense
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1 month 8 days ago

A den of a loud-mouthed pseudo-American accent backslidden and renegade mon-of-god oh!

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