Corruption ‘not endemic’ in Malawi – President Mutharika

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has rejected claims that corruption is endemic in his country.

President Peter Mutharika:  Corroption is not endemic

President Peter Mutharika: Corroption is not endemic

Mutharika conceded that there is corruption and that he is also determined to crackdown on the vice.

However, he denied reports that corruption is endemic in Malawi.

“I don’t think it is endemic, it is certainly institutional and to some extent it is structural,” Mutharika said in an interview monitored by Nyasa Times from Voice of America.

“I think what happened is that there was laxity in managing for example public money financial systems. The laws were there but there was no accountability.

“When people travelled somewhere and got government funds they were supposed to account for [that] and the law requires that, [and] they never accounted for it. Here was this culture of total irresponsibility and that is what happened,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika said that his government has established the public management finance system to address the issues of graft.

He also said he replaced Judge Renzine Nzikamanda as the director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau with Lucas Kondowe, a U.S.-based expert on money-laundering and fraud who was working for Deloitte Touche and also First Merchant Bank of Malawi. Kondowe is deputised by lawyer Reyneck Matemba.

The President claimed credit that his government has taken a ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption by living to his promise to adequately fund the anti-corruption body with human and financial capacity to do its job without the interference of the Executive arm of Government.

But Kondowe is on record saying that the low funding of MK1.4 billion it received from the national budget is not enough to run investigations in the Cashgate scandal.

“The funding is disturbing our effectiveness in the investigations. We needed MK 3.6 Billion and the MK1.4 we got to use in the fiscal year is too little from the investigations we are working on in the Cashgate and others,” said Kondowe.

Mutharika said government has put “all the mechanisms in place” to fight corruption, saying investigations are continuing.

The Malawi President is on record vowing there will be no ‘sacred cows’ in the fight against corruption, promising to prosecute all those involved in “Cashgate”, a reference to a huge corruption scandal which hit Malawi during Joyce  Banda’s presidency and also the DPP government from 2005.

T he country lost about K20 billion and from 2005 under the late Bingu wa Mutharika it is said that K92 billion was plundered.

The cashgate scandal led to donors cutting aid. Malawi is heavily dependent on aid, which provides 40% of the government’s budget.

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22 thoughts on “Corruption ‘not endemic’ in Malawi – President Mutharika”

  1. Balamanthu says:

    Mutharika is just stupid.Amakhala kuti kopanda corruption.It has become a way of life.Go to Immigration, Police and Road Traffic, you will see it all over.

  2. Makwasa says:

    John Msonthi Ali kuti kodi??? Awa atikwana kale. It’s time for operation bwezani. This gay president is so out of touch with reality. Come out of your comfort zone and I will show you that the level of corruption in this country is irreparable. The reforms spearheaded by SAulosi Chilima is just a band aid. Corruption is deep rooted. The reforms should start with Area 43

  3. Chituka says:

    Mathanyula lives in Lala Land. He needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Corruption is endemic in Malawi. Koma Matchona …… So out of touch with reality. Go to Area 43 and see what is going on there.

  4. Straight Talk says:

    Man mukunamatu apa, nenani zoona. Bodza limeneli ndiye kuti simuli serious, ndiyekuti musiya ma areas ambiri untackled

  5. Concerned health provider says:

    No sacred cows including the president?

  6. BigMan says:

    Koma abale Malawians are so slow, you mean you still believe the K92 billion nonsense? Wake up!!

  7. pamsundu says:

    Mr Matako you are a liar and corrupt yourself not Malawians Shupit

  8. mona says:

    Iwe chako nkulemba khoma basi, stupid president

  9. mona says:

    Stupid president

  10. John M says:

    Coz he is Corrupt! Thuswhy is saying, there is no corruption!!! Seas man!

  11. Shonayi says:

    If it were traditional courts they dont play.Talk about what money you were caught with not about others .Hiding behind the 92 billio isue.

  12. matako says:

    This man is a joke which country are you referring to APM? If its Malawi then you must be sleeping or you are so corrupt that you don’t even know or acknowledge that corruption is rampant in this country. Wake up from your slumber Mr president!!

  13. CHEWA NATIONAL PARTY says:

    We Malawians knows who is stealing from poor Malawians. But since it is the state and religious institutions that are corrupt and are corrupting people s mind with their bloody murderous messages.

  14. Tsetsefly says:

    Peter’s rhetoric will only make sense if he institutes an inquiry into the 92 billion kwacha theft by his brother and the DPP. As it stands now the fight against corruption will not be won if Justice is administered selectively.

    I feel so bad to notice that people are glorifying a man who was part and parcel of the thefty band wagon.

  15. brutsha says:

    Be pragmatic Mr President. How would serious minded people take you seriously when your administration wants to sell MSB under dubious means? When declaration of assets reveals intention to dupe government? Mwayesa mukuuza ana eti? Your body language smacks more of a corrupt person than your prepared speech.

  16. John says:

    Peter yemweyo. Za tsankho kaya tribalism nzongomupaka. K92 bilion anaba si peter. Otsutsa achite manyazi

  17. Malawi says:

    Lucas Kondowe is not a US based finance expert. He just studied and lived in the US for a while.

  18. Kenkkk says:

    Thanks very much for at least admitting that corruption is institutionalised and to some extent structural in malawi. That is the same as endemic Mr president becAuse the corruption in our country has spread and living in every Malawian, it is not only restricted to institutions or govt, it is everywhere.

    Please let us seriously tackle together this evil corruption which is retarding the development of our country.

  19. jean jella says:

    APM is lying. Up to date nothing has been done about the k92 bn.
    At least jb burnt her fingers and went after her people in cashgate while APM is scared of mukhito and mmulli who are the key players in the k92bn scam

  20. john says:

    Truth be told, This is a better President and is trying

  21. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Peter , we can only take you to be serious if at all you come out with a full report of how MK92 billion got lost in between 2005 to 2012 , if you are afraid to come out with an audited report then it means there is something you are hiding.

    During your campaign you told Malawians that you were to continue with your late Bingu policies and yet your late brother messed a lot of taxpayers money in billions and you promised you were to continue with that.

  22. ujeni says:

    Na mulopwana uyu bodza, he was caught on tape doing a xeno tribalism on Chimunthu Banda but he denied it, he is now denying that this pior country has no problem with corruption. Peter Mutharika- absent

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