Kamlepo snipes at Speaker Msowoya for ‘gagging’ House on K577bn cashgate

Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya, is being suspected to be a sell-out to government to gag members of parliament from deliberating the K577 billion (about $856 million) financial analysis report in the wake of revelations that seven Cabinet ministers were allegedly involved in the mismanagement of the public funds.

Speaker Msowoya : Sell-out?

Speaker Msowoya : Sell-out?

The Speaker stopped the MPs from deliberating the matter, saying it was a “preliminary report “ which could not be tabled.

But Kalua told the press that he was suspicious of the Speaker’s actions in blocking members on the issue.

“This is a matter of national importance and for him [the Speaker] to just come up and stop everything like that we are wondering if he is not a beneficiary of the same,”Kalua told The Nation newspaper.

“ We are questioning his wisdom, capacity and independence in the chamber,” said Kalua.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has submitted 13 files to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) related to the pilferage of public fund  between 2009 and December 31 2014 following  the report prepared  after  the findings by the business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) titled Financial Analysis Report: Reconstruction of the Malawi Government Cashbook for Purposes of Further Investigation.

Kalua said the fact that the files have been sent to ACB does not  satisfy  the law makers “ because we know that they [ACB] will sit on these files and nothing will happen. You will see.”

The K577 billion came amid revelations of Cashgate—the plunder of public funds at Capital Hill—exposed in 2013 as people abused the electronic central payment system, Intergrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis).

In a June 19 2015, NAO said the  audit analysis had identified significant discrepancies between payments made from government bank accounts and cashbook records held in Ifmis.

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 shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on the night of September 13 2013 is widely believed to have led to revelations of Cashgate.

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8 thoughts on “Kamlepo snipes at Speaker Msowoya for ‘gagging’ House on K577bn cashgate”

  1. Gogodasi says:

    Chambe if you have a problem with the local press that’s your own problem. I have a long list of issues which the newspapers brought to the attention of the public that stirred public debate and law enforcers have come in to act based on that. So what is the basis of your argument? Newspapers are whistle blowers and that should have driven our MPs to debate the matter in Parliament without compromising it. Should things go wrong, they can use a particular newspaper as their source of information, period, but not the nonsense you are talking about – there is no wisdom in what you are saying. You should go to school to understand how the media works. Do you want the media to perform like MBC? Press is the fourth estate in every country – what does that mean? If you drink kachasu with one journalist who is not educated, do you think all journalists are the same?. Some journalists are well trained and have better educational qualifications than you have and they do their job professionally. How did you come to know about the cashgate? Was it not the press that you are looking down upon today you fool?. If you had a share of our stolen money, you will not last, Malawians will find a solution to this madness and the ministers mentioned will not get away from it – we are fed up, we want sanity in this country. This is not the animal farm where all animals are equal and some are more equal than others. The law is above everybody and this is the cradle of our democracy upon which it was built.

  2. if the news papers bake half way news then all the news we have beeen hearing of nation importancve are half way baked ………is it?………………………………………..usi sufuka popand moto,,,,,,,,,,there must b a bed routre some wea in the east…………….watch me……………………………

  3. Patriot says:

    I voted for MCP and I had some faith in this Msowoya. Now I am disappointed. He has little or no interest to help help Malawi. A sale-out indeed

  4. zondiwe says:

    When will the real report be presented then? This issue is dragging, even in Parliament. At least Hon Kamlepo wanted debate to start. It will be regarded as preliminary debate also, waiting for the real report. There is so much that citizens do not know in this saga. We do not even know all the suspected Cabinet Ministers! What a pity.

  5. Penya says:

    Why to ACB and not the Director of Public Prosecutions?

  6. Dr Mbilixi says:

    Msowoya is kifa in reverse. Zoba. Thats why MCP is slowly shading him off. He is still DPP that guy

  7. Racist McTumbukaFace says:

    Kamlepo does not understand how such matters aught to be handled. He is dull!

  8. Chambe says:

    The Speaker was right. You can’t table the motion based on the News Papers hearsay. These newspapers mostly publish half baked news and to base on them could lead to a legal battle against the Speaker.

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