DPP’s Makondi sues Times for libel on ACB complaint: Malawi corrupt gangsters trying to intimidate media through lawsuits 

Malawi’s ruling Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising secretary Richard Makondi  has  filed a libel lawsuit against Times Group over a report published in Malawi News on his  suspected roles in Cashgate—the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed in September 2013 alongside businessperson Mohammad Kassam.

Makondi:  Said to be shielded by ACB boss Lucas Kondowe and sues newspaper

Makondi: Said to be shielded by ACB boss Lucas Kondowe and sues newspaper

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigated Kossam, Makondi—a former Toyota Malawi national sales manager—alongside former MDF Commander General Henry Odillo (retired), Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa (retired) and former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo on their involvement in a deal where MDF bought about 35 vehicles from Toyota Malawi worth K895 million which the bureau claims were overvalued and did not have specifications agreed in the contract.

And Malawi News reported that Makondi has since been named as one of the people  who exerted pressure on the Electricity and Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom)’s former Director of Finance Betty Mahuka for her to authorize MK4 billion payment towards fraudulent procurement.

According to to the national weekly, Mahuka prior to her resignation, received calls from Escom’s board and Makondi ordering her to pay.

But Mahuka refused the order and instead tendered her resignation which prompted ACB to authorize the investigation on September 28, this year.

Ironically, last month, Escom blocked the bureau’s officer from conducting an investigation into the procurement in question.

Following the Malawi News report, Makondi through his lawyers Joe and Max Chambers has filled a  libel suit against Times Group for alleged defamation of character.

He is seeking compensation claiming “damages for libel and lose of business and business opportunities.”

Times Group could not immediately confirm nor comment on the receipt of the lawsuit.

However, a governance expert said the story Makondi is suing the newspaper for  is about a report on the complaint ACB is probing or rather stopped probing by its director Lucas Kondowe despite his deputy and prosecutor Reyneck Matemba giving a go ahead.

Makondi has a warrant of arrest on his head which Kondowe again stopped execution.

“This is a scenario where corrupt people are trying to intimidate the media through lawsuits,” a governance expert told Nyasa Times.

He added: “Malawians should know that corruption has taken over this country and those behind it will do all they can to get away with it. This is just another highly corrupt man using money and lawsuits to silence media so it stops reporting on his corrupt activities.”

ACB’s director,  Kondowe has a strong relationship with Makondi. That explains, say many Malawians, why Makondi has not been prosecuted over an alleged fraud in 2013 involving a prominent businessman,  Kassam, in a K895 mn. ($1.2 mn.) deal to supply 35 Toyota vehicles to the Malawi Defence Force.

Its former Commander, General Henry Odillo, and his deputy Clement Kafuwa were arrested over the deal in May last year but Kassam and Makondi have not been touched .

In March, a magistrate granted the ACB an arrest warrant for Makondi and Kassam, owner of Globe Electronics but the warrants were never enforced.

Insiders say Kondowe is responsible.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) national secretary Martin Chiphwanya said recent events at the bureau, such as reports of blocking warrants of arrest and fears of political interference, have led to lack of confidence in its operations.

“We have a bureau widely seen as ineffective but also unfairly using its powers. The recent allegations and reports against the leadership of the bureau have in particular been more damaging,” said Chiphwanya.

The President of the Malawi Law Society, John Suzi Banda, said the ACB’s ‘operational independence has been fatally compromised’.

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15 thoughts on “DPP’s Makondi sues Times for libel on ACB complaint: Malawi corrupt gangsters trying to intimidate media through lawsuits ”

  1. Banda would be thief says:

    This is great Makondi will now face a judge to prove the alleged incident did not take place, considering a warrant was issued at the request of ACB. Good Luck, his fight is with the ACB not the Times the people reporting the news that has been going on since 2013,

    Times continue to report government corruption stories on the front page, soon the politians will be more honest and less greedy.

    1. bengo says:

      ,,,,,Banda would be a thief,,,,,,,,,, are you here in Malawi,? I guess no, there has been so many for this bambo anthu amati anali bwana ku Toyota Malawi, Why not Rosemary The big boss, it means he is a thief mind you ngat mumadya limodzi kapena mumanyegera dzina la Makondi time up find another strategy.

  2. Chimbilima says:

    ACB, mumangeni munthuyu chonde kkkkkkk Tatopa nazo za katangale inu aaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. bwititi says:

    We will see who tells the truth in national corruption issues between government being represented by Makondi and the private media being represented by Group of Times. More fire.Please NAMISA advise your babies piv to stop crying and stand in court with your help I hope. NAMISA will learn whelther these useless journos are really professionals or unprofessional and unethical as government claims.We will see who tells the truth in national corruption issues between government being represented by Makondi and the private media being represented by Group of Times. More fire.Please NAMISA advise your babies piv to stop crying and stand in court with your help I hope. NAMISA will learn whelther these useless journos are really professionals or unprofessional and unethical as government claims

  4. bwamnoni says:

    We will see who tells the truth between private media and those in government.

  5. gototo says:

    Please, Group of times meet the member of DPP for to clear yourself on source of information you give Malawians.

  6. Gama says:

    Time is ticking slowly but surely for all thieves in DPP to face the music. You can run but you can not hide. We are tired of you thieves. No development but corruption. Very soon the very same public you are swindling their taxes will laugh at you while you and your clueless old idiot APM will be languishing in jail. Basi what you know is kuba. Tangatukuke bwanji with this spirit. DPP please please slow down. Dziko ndilosauka ili. You are milking a thin cow. Very soon it will release blood for having no milk at all.

  7. Mustard, S. says:

    Any court case has two parties, a defendant and a plaitiff. In this case Times is a defendant with Makondi as a plaintiff. If I were you guys who are comment trashes here I would be happy. I would say let these mafias meet in court. Times should assemble all its artillaries for the battle. Group of Times has been give a podium to prove a point. This is something good beyond only ‘naming and shaming’.Group of Times go head on to clear yourself. Even the members of private media should team to get a point. Dont cry Group of Times. I will be very happy the day when the DPP gurus will drag either George Kasakula or Brian Banda to court as such. Because these guys are talking trashes on Times radio. Please members of DPP take these useless media gururs to court for legal discipline. You are human beings, and you have to defend yourself.You have the right to defend yourself against any body who is talking trashes about you. Go go go go go go. If you remain silent that means their claims are true.Remember silence is a form of communication.

  8. NURSES says:

    M’bale wake anadyaso za social welfare kuno Trinity kugula bakha wake ractis ndi zakuntundu

  9. WANDALE says:

    Why can government if its true that these people are not thieves approach this giant company INSTITUTE OF INTERNAL AUDITORS MALAWI timamva kuti siyaboma ife komaso ili ndi ma fraud investigators odziwa ntchito zao,,,,,,,,,, koma Nation Audit yomwe ndi boma lomwe chomwe imatha ndikusata ma votes accountant general ikagawa,,,,,, DPP ku prison 2019!!!!!!!!!!!! BUSHIRI boMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  10. njonjo says:

    That lawsuit is just a ploy kuti achedwetse milandu ndikumangidwa, we know this person very well, ndi mbava komaso he was a person who don’t know his job @Toyota. May you please arrest this person asamasangalalire anthu mzipatala akuvutika ndiwa pa mpamba pompa mbavayi mukakanika tionana 2019 akukalowa basi,,,,,, DPP Amakondiwa angotchokapo zazi ngat ndi anthu ,,,,,,,,,, mumuoneso bwino za chasowa coz mu mpembamu watchuka ndi zomwezo

  11. wakwiya says:

    Muntharika is a weak president . He is the one who points those people why can he not move out a person he appointed and not doing his work? Why Parliament refused to pass the law that ACB should be independent? Because even the president is afraid to be touched. Malawi and Malawians are sick. How can a person have law on his side to broke the court? Abale angaru imwe. What did Bakili did to throw the nation in evil family. Malawi could come long way to day if stupid ignorant Bakikli Muluzu did not give the country to Bingu. Malawians u might not like Chakwela but try him. He is the only chance u have. In America voted for Trump not because they liked him but they had no choice. APM/DDP with the same gurus like Chaponda will continue killing u and the nation. Do the right or perish.

  12. OMEX70 says:

    Malawi will never develop with Corrupt DPP at helm. Lucas Kondowe is the most useless ACB Director since its establishment.

    1. Gama says:

      The ACB Director sucks big time. He was touted as a great man in fraud investigation going by his ACADEMIC background. Alas, tayika khoswe mu nkhokwe ya mtedza.

  13. AAlex says:

    Chase these bald headed bullies out of Town….. People of Malawi will suffer as long as this DPP thing is ruling.. The only solution is to chase them out….Basitu. And these guys will do all they can do to remain in government because they know any change of government will land all these mafias in jail.. Tili ntulo Kugona amalawi!!!!! OGO!!! MUZIKHALABE MUNDIMA CHONCHO.

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