Of Chimuka Moore, grand corruption and Kasambara: Malawi is sliding towards social and economic anarchy

One day, Malawi President Peter Mutharika  publicly challenged  fearless Rumphi East legislator, Kamlepo Kalua,  to bring to State House the names of seven ‘rotten’ ministers within 24 hours. As far as he was concerned, none of his ministers were involved in corruption.

Loose cannon

A couple of days later, President Mutharika publicly admitted that there is rampant official corruption in his Democratic progressive Party (DPP) government.

Over the years, Kamlepo Kalua has exhibited his deep desire to remain a true advocate for the observance of human rights, rule of law and good governance. During the reign of late President Bingu wa Mutharika, Kamlepo Kalua paid a horrible price for standing up against Bingu’s growing dictatorship tendencies. He was arrested and incarcerated for months.

Two weeks ago, Kamlepo Kalua was at it again. He claimed that the K577 billion (now K236 billion) audit report contained names of seven ‘rotten’ serving cabinet ministers who allegedly stole government money through dubious business deals.

KK challenged the President that these ministers must be arrested and prosecuted. Everybody must be subjected to the law without regard to their status in society, he insisted.

The whole state machinery, including the President himself, turned against Kamlepo, the lone wolf. Foul-mouthed information minister Patricia ‘Akweni’ Kaliati threw tantrums on the Rumphi East MP, calling him all sorts of awful names. There were actually allegations of diabolic schemes to ‘eliminate’ Kamlepo Kalua for simply ‘blowing the whistle’.

The moral of Kamlepo Kalua’s story is that leaders must always stand up for the truth and the people instead of serving narrow personal and political interests. Whatever Kamlepo Kalua’s motives were, it is becoming increasingly clear that despite political rhetoric about the fight against corruption, fraud and general abuse of public resources, the vices continue unabated.

The President himself has admitted it, including informing us that he is well aware that some foreign investors evade taxes to the detriment of the economy and impoverished Malawians.

Bwana President, isn’t it time that you concretely took heed of calls to sack officials embroiled in corruption and plunder of our hard earned public resources to pave way for independent investigation and possible prosecution of the same?

Malawians and the world are watching with continued awe and disbelief President Mutharika’s inaction against culprits and perpetrators of corruption, fraud and abuse of government resources.

The President ought to take seriously the many voices of reason that are against the plunder of public resources by a few greedy officials in government when masses cannot afford two meals a day.

During the 2016 World Union of Catholic Women Organization (WUCWO) Africa Region Conference held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, Chairman for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Archbishop Thomas Msusa spoke unequivocally against the many social ills perpetrated by the governors, including corruption, theft and nepotism that are derailing national development progress.

Before the Catholic Church said it, our traditional donors and some influential members of the diplomatic community in Malawi have raised their concern too. What more evidence do we require to agree that indeed Malawi is sliding towards social and economic anarchy?

The recent revelations about some Zambian businesswoman called Chimuka Moore to the effect that she was allegedly paid billions of Kwacha by the Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) for some dubious supplies add salt to an already open wound.

Recent ugly events at the bottom of Mulanje Mountain where agriculture minister George Chaponda  and other officials from his ministry were literary stopped and chased from conducting official function is evidence enough of the ‘writing on the wall’.

President Mutharika and the DPP government must not underrate Malawians ability to make their government to account for their misrule.

I will not go farther than this, Mr. President. You know what I know and mean!

My friend Ralph Kasambara

It was my anticipation that Raph Kasambara would be given a custodial sentence. The acrimonious exchanges between the presiding Judge Micheal Mtambo and the first accused during trial proceedings pointed to that anticipation.

I have known Ralph Kasambara for a long time. He had always been a great inspiration to me personally as I embarked on my journalistic journey in the mid 1990s when he offered me valuable advice and mentorship.

Ralph Kasambara is a classic example of a nation’s respectable legal practitioner, who served his country, with complete dedication, as Attorney General and minister of justice under two different administrations.

I have known Ralph Kasambara as a senior lawyer who is always been passionate about education and enjoys passing his knowledge on to the younger generation.  Senior Counsel Ralph Kasambara always has time to listen no matter what. He is a tough lawyer but also one of the kindest.

Ralph, always told me when we met that the most important motivation for his decision to join the legal career was his abhorrence of the injustices of the world, which bothered him since childhood. He said he always wanted to make a difference by helping people around him to find the appropriate way to deal with maze of life.

He always schooled me that law was the foundation of society, which allowed society to maintain the process of societal order and, therefore, it had a significant impact on everyone’s lives.

Whatever happens, Ralph, some of us believe shall remain the pride of the nation!

Every society has the criminals it deserves.” ― Emma Goldman 

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Lemani
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Lemani
22 days 16 hours ago

Chitsilu chilichonse chili ndimwini……

samikwa
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samikwa
22 days 18 hours ago

regardless of one’s standing in society,a corrupt person who has been caught should be punished according ,this man Ralph is heartless and I beg you Thom ,just sit down and think for what his actions are causing to innocent Malawians including your relatives back home,it should make you angry if not you don’t give a toss but praise those who root and live in Lavish style.Next time think deeper and unbiased journalism

Raphael mbwenu
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Raphael mbwenu
22 days 18 hours ago

Thom why siding with munthu woipa ngati Ralph. Choti udziwe ndichakuti mnzakoyi dyera too much. A Mafuna ndalama zonse zammalawi muno zikhale zake. Iweyo you don’t know anything because you are not in Malawi.

OMEX70
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OMEX70
22 days 23 hours ago

Thom, I used to respect you but with effect from today no single respect left with me for you. Why should you waste our time with your praises on Kasambara, the guy who has done a lot of injustices in this country?

The Analyst
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The Analyst
23 days 1 hour ago
O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O “Show me whom you admire, and I will tell you who you are.” . . . And I quote . . . ” . . . some of us believe Ralph . . . shall remain a pride of the nation.” Yes, you have carefully chosen the word “some of us”, but I can promise you that “some of you” are misguided. . . . Which nation are you talking about, Thom? . . . Do you even know what “pride of a nation” means? I bet, you dont! . . . Yes, subjectivity made you say “some of… Read more »
Bright
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Bright
22 days 23 hours ago

My Brother, you deserve respect. i don’t comment on any matter on any online news, today i have decided to only give you applause for the way you analyze the issues on this news. Great respect to you i wish i knew you personal. my request: if possible one day include your real name or any social network i can find you.

mpoloni
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mpoloni
21 days 16 hours ago

Am also a fun. Analyst, you are good, balanced and objective. Your style is your own. Keep it up brother, or should I say sister?

The Analyst
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The Analyst
22 days 21 hours ago

Am humbled!
. . . Thanks a lot.

Ida
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Ida
23 days 6 hours ago
Thom Chiumia, Just because Kasambara used to be nice to you does not make him innocent of cashgate and murder charges he has been sentenced for. Just because he used maybe to share with you cashgate spoils does not make him any better. He is a ruthless thug that is even ready to kill in order to conceal evidence. Shame on you Thom, Kasambara managed to brain wash you. Fotseki, go to hell with your Kasambara and whether you use this media to try and twist the true facts about Kasambara he is going to be incarcerated my dear. Shame… Read more »
Thako Panja
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Thako Panja
23 days 56 minutes ago

I agree with you Ida. The author amazes me. The first part of his article he rips the President Mutharika apart and the second part sings praises for a murderer and a thief. Is this what Nyasatimes stands for

moyenda
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23 days 7 hours ago

this artical is very confusing…wat really shd we learn or be informed here? i thought maybe theres a new lead or somethng on Chimuka Moore…For me Kasambala is an injustice guy..he can be a pride to some individuals like you not to the whole nation..”every society has criminals it deserves”…i think he is one of those criminals. most of this artical is about the same old songs.. give us something new please

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