Kaliati says Kamlepo insinuating ‘we’re all thieves’: Claims defamation  

Minister of Information, Communications Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati has said Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua is defaming cabinet ministers by insinuating that they are all thieves, challenging him to disclosed names of ministers implicated in the recent forensic audit report.

Information minister Patricia Kaliati challenges Kamlepo Kalua to disclose names of cashgate ministers

Information minister Patricia Kaliati challenges Kamlepo Kalua to disclose names of cashgate ministers

Kalua, who is also Rumphi East member of Parliament (People’s Party-PP) and PP third vice-president, has claimed there are seven serving Cabinet ministers implicated in the report as disclosed by Auditor General.

Apparently, Kalua had been vocal in demanding the dismissal of the said seven Cabinet ministers named in the forensic audit report covering the period 2009 to December 2014 which established that about K236 billion and not K577 billion in public funds as initially estimated could not be accounted for.

But Kaliati, who is also government spokesperson, said Kalua should mention the seven rotten ministers other than making sweeping allegations.

“By associating the ministers with the forensic audit report, Kalua is insinuating that we are all thieves,” said Kaliati at Mtambanyama primary school ground when President Peter Mutharika witnessed he launch of the construction of the 83 km construction of Thyolo-Makwasa-Thekerani-Muona road.

She added: “This is defamation and may also incite violence in the country.”

But Kalua said he has the names but it is not his job to name and shame.

“Why should I give the names to the President as if I am an auditor. I am not an auditor. I am not chief secretary. I am not the one who audited. I am not.”

Kalua has also ignored President Peter Mutharika’s 24-hour ultimatum for the legislator to disclose  names of  cashgate ministersimplicated in the recent forensic audit report.

He challenged that he would not provide the names as per Mutharika’s request because he had no such mandate.

Kalua argued that the President could not claim that he did not have the names when the Attorney General had advised the Auditor General against releasing the names when the demand was first made after the forensic audit was released.

He said: “How can the President reconcile that the Auditor General went to the Attorney General to seek guidance on releasing names and he was advised against the idea? What names was the Auditor General referring to?”

Preliminary audits of government finances between 2009 and 2014, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and financed by the German government, indicate that at least K577 bn. ($807 mn.) could not be accounted for.

Later, the estimated loss was reduced to K236 bn. ($330 mn.), still a gigantic figure for such a small country, about one third of the government’s annual budget.

PP legislators, led by Mzimba West MP Harry Mkandawire and Kalua, led calls  for the names of all suspects to be made public.

In parliament, Mkandawire mentioned Agriculture Minister George Chaponda to have been named in the report.

Chaponda denied any involvement.

Revelations of the K577 billion cashgate came hot on the heels of a forensic audit report by British firm, RSM (formely called Baker Tilly), that established that K24 billion was looted from Capital Hill between April and September 2013 under the administration of Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP).

Banda is on record saying “ There must be a stubborn link between the MK577 billion scandal of 2009 and 2012 and the MK20 billion cashgate of 2013.”

The  ‘grand corruption’  audit report will be a stern test to President Mutharika committement to fight corruption without fear or favour.

Observers also note that lack of political will has crippled Malawi’s Anti-Corruption  Bureau, undermining their efforts through political interference and threats.

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M Sizini
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M Sizini
1 month 8 days ago

Guilt by association

santana
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santana
1 month 8 days ago
Can someone show me any statement from the contributors which can move any DPP supporter not to vote for Peter in 2019? You can talk and talk and talk but no contributor is giving Malawians an alternative govt in 2019. Tell us which party among the existing ones can rescue Malawians in 2019. So if you don’t provide tangible advise how do you expect DPP supporters not to vote for Kaliati or Mchacha? You are just giving the impression that you want your party leaders to go into govt and continue the plunder, and you want to use the DPP… Read more »
Issa
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Issa
1 month 8 days ago

something is wrong. Just show us the original report you morons. Release the report so that we can all read it by ourselves

Eugene
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Eugene
1 month 8 days ago

Midnight Six political thieves asaaaa mxii

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
1 month 8 days ago

Kamlepo has not done anything wrong and to add up,you Kaliati and your comrades in corruption,are all thieves and tribalists with zero humanity,but the day will come you will be swept into the dust-bin of our history.Malawi was not created for Lomwes or Chewas alone,Malawi is for us all whether we eat mbewas or dance Nyau it is ours all.Where is Bingu or Mbendela and guess who next? Idiot.

mudzalila
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mudzalila
1 month 8 days ago

Of course you are all thieves!

Petre Mathanyula
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1 month 8 days ago

Mbava izoo, oro mukane tionanabe. You can fool some people sometime but you can not fool all the people all the time.

@1992
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@1992
1 month 9 days ago
Kaliati and fellow DPP members must be ashamed by the way they have handled the audit involving MK577 billion.How can you have three audits on the same documents without the end product?This is just unacceptable and let DPP and Kaliati know that Kamlepo has the support of many knowledgeable Malawians. If Kaliati and DPP thinks they are fooling Malawians, let them wait for 2019, they will open their eyes then as ANC has done in the recent elections in RSA.The DPP Government is obviously playing some delaying tactics here just as it did with the late Robert Chasowa case.How different… Read more »
smart
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smart
1 month 9 days ago

Boma la Mbava ili……ZOKAMBA ZOSOKONEZA BASI.The statements by Kamphasa that the Attorney General advised his agaist the release of the names surely tell us how cruel our Leaders are…..we all heard those statements and he turns round to say there are no names..what a shame on Malawians.We are all fooled for our own taxes…Ophoda ngati gule nawonso kuzibakira…Ayi ndi nthawi yanu..tonse ndife mbava tizibadi….muwona.

Central
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Central
1 month 9 days ago
Sincerely I now understand what Joyce Banda meant when she said the quote in the above story. Madam you were right: “There is a stubborn link and too stubborn”. Komatu kaya wina afune, kaya wina asafune, time is still pushing these people to the tight corner!! Ngati zisatero the invisible hand will address the issue before they squander all the resources they stole!! Apo biiiiiiiiiiiiii wina akumana ndi kanyama kotchedwa cardiac arrest…………………. ndithudiiiiiiiiiiii!! Mbava zimenezi zikuyenera kudziwa kuti ndithudi zikhoza kutheka kuchenjera polowa kumene amkakaba makobiliwooo, komabe sizingathekenso kutuluka osagwidwa ndithudiiiiiiiiiii……..!! Che Mpwiyo anakula mtima pa mso pa PAC amvekere… Read more »
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