Corruption in Malawi is worsening, says British High Commissioner

Malawi is perceived to have become significantly more corrupt under the leadership of President Peter Mutharika  and that there is diminishing fight against corrupt gangsters,out-going British High Commissioner Michael Nevin has  said.

Parting shot! Nevin : Corruption is getting worse in Malawi

Parting shot! Nevin : Corruption is getting worse in Malawi

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is responsible for tackling graft, had become toothless because ruling politicians were interfering with its director Lucas Kondowe where all corrupt gangsters in the corridors of power are being shielded.

In a newspaper interview, Nevin  who  leaves the country at the end of a four-year tour of duty, warned that rule of law could be permanently undermined by failure to arrest those who break the law.

According  to Weekend Nation,  Nevin noted with exasperation that he leaves office before the people behind the gruesome murder of Issa Njauju, former top official at the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) still at large; warning that the failure to bring those responsible to book will haunt everyone including those in government today.

There  are fears Njauju was murdered by regime thugs hence  justice being defeated.

“The reason it is so important to back that case is because if people see that you can do that and intimidate (people) then Malawi is on a very dangerous road. It can lead to chaos and it undermine rule of law and that is why it is extremely important that those that are really behind this are brought to book,” Nevin is quoted by the paper.

“The cancer of corruption is the most dangerous element that can undermine Malawi’s instability; it undermines Malawi’s selling point as a stable nation. It does not matter that you are elite, it does not matter you are in a position of authority and you think okay, it cannot overcome you. It will come back to haunt you,” the outgoing British High Commissioner added.

Malawi government official spokesperson and Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati rejected  the perception that Malawi’s corruption is worsening.

Kaliati said the Mutharika government has  “a number of things” it is doing to  clean up the administration of  corruption .

A lecturer Joseph Chunga from Chancellor College,  a constituent college of the University of Malawi said corruption dents the image of the nation and citizens stand to lose out as witnessed in the recent Cashgate scandal, where donors pulled out their budgetary support to the country.

Chunga said where there is corruption, only a few people benefit at the expense of the rest of Malawians, which he said was a sad thing that cannot see the nation develop.

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26 thoughts on “Corruption in Malawi is worsening, says British High Commissioner”

  1. Cash Gate says:

    Zoopsa izitu, anthu amenewa kumangoganiza zoba ndalama basi, zamanyazi izi.

  2. Iwe Nevin (I believe after staying for 4 years in my paradise country you can understand the word ..IWE… iwe are stupid indeed. There is rampant corruption in the UK. Do you want me to name the entire list of corrupt MPs who were staying in one house in London but claim two house allowances yet were married and travel expenses as far as from the Mid-land. David Blanket, one of them though he was blind..just imagine a blind man caught in corrupt practice and again having a secret affair . was this not similar to Nsanje guy Aniva????One minister though you call them secretaries, had engaged his brother to clean his office carpet at a very exorbitant contract sum against the procurement guidelines. Another minister was claiming pool, dog allowances….Stupid Nevin. To you Winston and Vyoto…how much are you paid to condemn your country…stupid fools. muzingosuka ndi kupukuta nyero za mizuka mukugomerayo…FOOLS

  3. Winston Msowoya says:

    The Muthalika brothers had done their homework brilliantly before they stepped into the Malawian soils from unknown destinations.They calculated that the deaths of Chipembere,Kanyama Chiume,Orton Chirwa,Dunduzu Chisiza,Augustine Bwanausi and Attati Mphakati were a cause for celebrations for these two accomplished thieves and opportunists in the sense that,the remaining political leaders in the country,were venerable and beatable.Indeed,it worked for them brilliantly and the mainstream politicians were caught unprepared hence,their victorious march to final destination.Their ambitions were not to help build Malawi,but conquer and destroy our dear mother Malawi and few years later,they became the richest monsters in the country and ultimately,divided its people and brutally rule them.Malawians could have learnt from the Banda scenario.Shame,we are in for it.MAY GOD HELP US!!!!

  4. Bwengu says:

    That’s is why federalism is good.All we just need to be three independent states

  5. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Just close the stupid ACB aliyense aziba mwa ufulu

  6. Hanerd says:

    What has this idiot done since he came. He enjoyed the royality. We Malawians opening the fucking door of his car and washing his pants. What did he do for us apart from swearing our president.

    If he had some respect, he would have spoken to APM and advised. Not what he is doing. Zikumuwawa, ku iceland alibe phindu. Do it yourself in iceland.

    Why do you think UK threw him ku Iceland. If he was important he wid be in states

    Fotsek

  7. Adams M. Chisati says:

    corruption has indeed worsened in Malawi today a majority (70%) of Malawians live below poverty line of USD1.90 a day. The health system is in tatters, education system in shambles too the Malawi Kwacha continue to slip every day and prices goods continue to be out of reach for many people, Energy and water facilities are a luxury in our country the environmental degradation is at its peak. what can we say we are in a crisis and need divine intervention . But to fail to bring to book those people who have plundered billions of public finances is another serious miscarriage of justice and we just need citizen participation to address this

  8. Gerard mapanga Phiri says:

    To end corruption in Malawi is easy and simple but is hard when people on power are also corrupt. The easiest tricks is putting crime combating government organs independent. President and ministers should not hire and fire their bosses and staffs and report to independent organs

    1. Fisi Dausi says:

      Sadly though that can only be enacted by parliament which unfortunately is controlled by President and his ministers in our case.

  9. VYOTO says:

    LATE BINGU, THE KID BROTHER TO PETER MUTHALIKA HAD ONLY ONE HOUSE AND ONE MINIBUS AS NOTABLE ASSETS IN MALAWI PRIOR TO BECOMING PRESIDENT IN 2004 BUT ACCUMULATED WORTH TO THE TUNE OF MK61 BILLION BY THE TIME OF HIS DEATH IN 2012.IT IS MADNESS TO EXPECT THE MUTHALIKA BRAND TO FIGHT CORRUPTION IN MALAWI WITH THIS HISTORY. THE MUTHALIKA BRAND IS A WELL KNOWN SELFISH AND CORRUPT BRAND.AS FAR AS I KNOW PETER, HE WILL DO WHATEVER HIS LATE BROTHER DID IN HIS 8 YEAR RULE. AMONGST THE THINGS EXPECTED FROM PETER IS TO DELIBERATELY WEAKEN THE ACB AS BINGU DID IN HIS LAST TERM

    MALAWI SITUATION IS CURRENTLY A VERY WORRISOME ONE. FOR THE WHOLE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION TO ADMITTEDLY SAY THAT THE CORRUPTION HAS WORSENED IN MALAWI UNDER PETER MUTHALIKA LED DPP GOVERNMENT IS VERY DANGEROUS AND RISKY.THIS TELLS IT ALL THAT OUR MAJOR DONORS HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN PETER MUTHALIKA LED GOVERNMENT.I

    F THE PROFESSOR PRESIDENT IS SENSITIVE AND SERIOUS, HE SHOULD REFLECT ON THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER’S STATEMENT AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

    WITH SUCH STATEMENTS, MALAWI CAN AS WELL COMPLETELY FORGET ABOUT BUDGET SUPPORT UNLESS THE DPP LED GOVERNMENT MAKE SOME CHANGES IN ITS APPROACH TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION. COINCIDENTALLY, THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER’S STATEMENT ARE COME AT A TIME WHEN THE AUDITOR GENERAL AND ACB ARE HOPELESS ON THE CORRUPTION CASES FOR THE SEVEN MINISTERS.DPP GOVERNMENT LED BY THE KALIATI’S, MCHACHA’S ARE MAD AT KAMLEPO KALUA. BUT KALIATI AND MCHACHA ARE FORGETTING ONE IMPORTANT FACT THAT NOT ALL MALAWIANS ARE SLEEPY AND FOOLISH.

  10. ndamwera zanga says:

    Guys
    Why are we stupid to the extent that we tolerate this nonsense? Under the Westphalia Treaty do you know that diplomats are not supposed to interfere with domestic matters of another sovereign state? i conclude that our reporters are dunderheads why cant you some day ask them this? do you know that if our diplomat share similar sentiments over corruption in the UK with UK media he will be in the next plane home? this is too much.Ohh lets say we are stealing and indeed Malawians are corrupted at least it is our own TAX money not your bloody money DFID and your embassy can pack and go remember what DPP is capable of doing check your predecessors we sent you packing . History can repeat itself. tikudya zathu pano palibe zopembedzana Ok! Mr NevIn you have NO right i repeat NO right to poke your long nose into Malawis’ affairs. Are you an expert on Financial intelligence? or a diplomat? This nonsense must stop tell whosoever is coming after you to watch his mouth.

    1. Nyasas says:

      @ndamwera you are simply stupid. Address substantive issues and not schooling us on protocols. He is only telling you that these fools are stealing big time and you have problems with that. Pathetic. Do you realy care about this country or all that you care about is your stupid DPP and it’s clueless president. Truth pains and it has just done to you fool.

    2. Kanchenga says:

      No sense Muli chiyani inu. Mukudya magazi a ana akungofa mmidzimu chifukwa chosowa mankhwara. Akanyimbi manyazi anakuchokerani kale kale. Abale anu akufa ndi njala azichita kwabvera chifundo ndi munthu obwera chonchi.

    3. Well at least your first sentence made sense. It is the poor people of Malawi who are losing out as money from ALL sources that is being looted.

  11. Chambe says:

    It is really bad. Imagine at Road Traffic Department, Immigration Department, MRA, Central Government Stores, All Procurement Offices at Parastatals, more worse at ESCOM, Water Board…. the list goes on. Who is to blame? Opposition MPs are to blame. They are more reactive than objective, fingerpointing after effects instead of suggesting systems that would be included in the bills to deal ruthlessly on this cancer.Most of these opposition MPs were in Government before and they know all the loopholes but they are really not assisting.
    Why do we have to bribe ESCOM and Water Board Officials to get connected? We are on a time bomb now and people will not march in the streets anymore; they will form gangs and kill these corrupt dogs ruthlessly. Just watch out! They don’t even have any watertight or no security at all. Just watch out; I warn!

  12. Fisi Dausi says:

    Your Excellency Nevin you have seen with your own eyes how Malawi has become an embarrassment to Her Majesty’s Commonwealth. You have the first hand account of how Malawi has brought shame to English speaking countries. It’s like we were not under the British. Because of savage corruption the country cannot fund it’s public education resulting in its citizens living as if they were still in the Victorian era.

    Existence of absurd cultures like hyenas and very primitive superstitions of albino killings is a demonstration of how low the nation has sunk under Mutharika’s corrupt authority.

    Please use your authority to ask Western companies that buy tobacco to stop buying Malawi leaf to force him to expel and prosecute the named corrupt ministers in his government. I would further ask you to urge the British government to expel Malawi from the Commonwealth and impose travel ban to the UK and Western countries for all cabinet ministers named in the corrupt report until these issues are resolved.

    We can not go on smiling corruption in the face when a girl child in Nsanje is being preyed upon by a hyena-man, due to lack of education, resulting from public funds being stolen by a cabinet minister.

  13. Costly Gochisale says:

    Our embicile of a President will not start acting because the British envoy has spoken. He waited for BBC to act on Nsanje hyenas. How I wish I was born in Botswana where a President serves and not rules

  14. Jobe says:

    Mr Nevin. May you please advise us on the corruption and issues happening about the british companies. Why are you quite on this matter. We have heard that you have always wanted your personal interest with business.

    Dont forget about your dream of settling in cape town Where is the money coming from Mr Nevin

    We in Malawi have been called all types and sorts by you may you please tell us how procurement procedures are taken place in your country

    Clean your own toilet first before telling others that their toilets stink

    Can we have an accountability of where your countries budgeted funds go

    I pray that the new prime minister should take note of this fool and give him a rest from work.

    He has called malawians all sorts yet all we get thru this fool is condoms as aid.

    Malawians. Wake up. Dziko ndi laathu. We should make own decisions. Mmpaka ku wa lola ku chipinda. Ndiye fodya.

    1. Nonsense says:

      I have never liked this man called Nevin or whatever. He pokes his nose into our affairs too much. He thinks Britain owns Malawi. Stupid! I am not saying there is no corruption but this guy’s attitude extremely irritates me.

      1. Costly Gochisale says:

        Do you expect the diplomats to remain silent when common good is being compromised by politicians and when the ultra poor bear the brunt of corruption?? U must be out of your mind or a direct beneficiary of the DPP thieving. These donors pour in resources aimed at uplifting the poor and they have to speak out even if it means breaking the diplomatic decorum. As they say necessity knows no law.

      2. Fisi Dausi says:

        You can go and hang yourself if he irritates you. Otherwise many of us value his opinion because he speaks on our behalf.

        A fisi inu!

    2. Hard man says:

      But what he is saying is the truth. Why has nobody been arrested as regards Njaunju and Chasowa? Isn’t it you government thugs who murdered the two? And you want him to keep quite?
      Stop using ‘we in Malawi’ as if all of us agree with you. So of us Malawians would rather he said more of this.

  15. Fisi Dausi says:

    A Kaliati zoona zimene mukunena inuzo? Bwino tu mwina mwaiwala paja zimakonda kukutsalirani. Kumbukirani pa midnight 6. The last speaker was you. Mind your mouth, madam Patricia Kaliati, you could also become the final speaker in this episode!

  16. Winston Msowoya says:

    BRAVO NEVIN!!! Corruption has reached uncontrorable and dangerous level in Malawi that needs the strongest arm to twist it otherwise,the overwhelming majority of poverty-stricken Malawians have no chance to survive the wrath of living conditions.One thing to do to discourage this worsening phenomena is to halt giving funds directlly into the government hands by doing so,the culprits will bite the fingers that feed them.Mind you,Malawi has taken Nigeria’s position of being the top African corrupt nation in the Continent.No words only will stop this carnage.Nevin,something must be done now to realize effective results tomorrow it will be too late.Verbal condemnations,will not yield results.

  17. Xmen Marvel says:

    Thank you immensely, outgoing British High Commissioner Nevin for echoing the true reflection of a failed regime. This rigged system continues causing havoc to vulnerable Malawians especially in the rural demographics where illiteracy levels are preyed upon by corrupt politicians in the ruling DPP. For the future generations sake stop the cancer from spreading by exposing shielded top officials from the rule of law. The government has the elite embezzling tax payers revenue, with the mirage of so called reforms, coated in decorated sweet lies. Malawi is in very deep trouble needing Gods intervention; implore those supporting the current regime to introspect, before giving support to the failed policies! Dzuka Malawi from passive applause to reality!

  18. M Sizini says:

    Press the Reset button

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