Kapito slams Lilongwe Water Board over funding to DPP: CEOs abuse of parastatal for partisan politics condemned

Consumers Association of Malawi executive director, John Kapito, has blasted water utility body Lilongwe Water Board (LWB)  following newspaper  report that  despite residents of Lilongwe City suffering persistent dry taps, it is funding  the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) through the  Southern region ‘Blue Night ‘event held in November 2016.

Kapito: Blasts LWB

Accoridng to a story published in Malawi News, on November 1 2016, the DPP through its Secretary General’s office requested LWB’s Chief Executive Officer, Alfonso Chikuni, to support the Blue Night event which took place at Sanjika palace in Blantyre.

On November 3 2016, the board made a payment of K10 million to the fundraising committee through cheque number 012262 even though the party pegged its rates at K1.5 million for platinum table.

And speaking on Times Radio, CAMA boss Kapito said his body is appalled by the continued abuse of public resources for partisan politics.

He said  it is sickening to note that despite the bad stake of financial standing of most parastatal organisations the DPP continues to milk these ‘thin cows’.

Kapito said it is unfortunate that parastatals like the Water Boards whose services to the public leave a lot to be desired are continuously being squeezed out of their hard earned money to sponsor the DPP.

But he blamed parastatals CEOs for sponsoring ruling party to buy favours so that they can remain in their positions.

“The CEOs just want to protect their jobs. Such tendencies affect smooth operations of parastatals,” noted Kapito.

“These people are known to be fudning party function for their own benefits,” he pointed out.

Accoridng to the published report, LWB also made a questionable payment to National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and another officer who works for the Bureau.

NIB made a request for payment of K150, 000 each for its five officers on October 7 2016. However, a requisition for payment which LWB issued dated November 1 2016 indicates that the Board paid K4.15 million to Evans Malewa whose name also is among the five NIB officers listed in the October communication.

The report also indicated the board allocated fuel amounting to K12 million to its middle managers, board chairman and for managers for outside trips for the month of January yet the officers in question did not actually receive the fuel but were used as conduits to get funds out of the system to fund fuel requirement for DPP functionaries

DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila said the party did not forces the organisations to fund it.

“We sent request letters of support to all parastatals, private organisations and individuals. We didn’t force any of these to support us but those who did supported us with whatever amount they were comfortable with. Some responded others didn’t,” said Kasaila  in quotes reported by Malawi News.

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9 thoughts on “Kapito slams Lilongwe Water Board over funding to DPP: CEOs abuse of parastatal for partisan politics condemned”

  1. Khumutcha says:

    DPP, mbava!

  2. Sehedstan says:

    Why are these DPP thieves soliciting funds from a government funded body? That’s why they are parastatals for heaven’s sake. Mbuli za DPP zatitopetsa. This is wrong in all proportions and parliament must quickly enact a law to prevent such kind of disgraceful behaviour. The DPP is indeed on a mission to destroy this country. When will this shit stop??

  3. Kandapako says:

    Lilongwe Water Board accepted to introduce 16.5% VAT in November 2016 in order to fund members of Parliament salary increases. This is immoral. Wake up Malawians.

  4. f mtonga says:

    idiots reaping sleeping Malawians

  5. mlandu says:

    we were wondering why our bills for the last two months have gone very high yet we were getting water once in a week. this is a very serious issue which our MPs needs to look into

  6. zithere pano says:

    When the ruling party asks for funds from Parastatals, it is a command because the Govt owns the parastatals. The CEO are easily intimidated even by a District Governor of the ruling party. They should ask from private sector who are independent of the Govt.

    Parliament, please take this up and bring the CEO to book.

  7. Clarence John says:

    Parastatals are the most abused institutions. If it is not from outside, it is within. I know most directors and managers in these institutions despite getting hundred of litres of fuel every month for official use and limited private use, they get extra fuel each time they have work outside their duty stations. What an abuse. Is duty outside their work stations not official? Are we really serious that the hundreds of fuel they get each month is for going to work back home only or to be shared with their spouses? If that is the case, one full tank per month will be adequate. I call upon the office of the Auditor General to audit all statutory corporations. As a starting point, the AGs office needs to look at the contracts of these officials verifying whether what they do is in accordance with their contracts. Money that could be saved from fuel abuse could be enough to engage in some meaningful project.

  8. Weluzani says:

    We need next sitting of parliament to discuss on this issue and take CEO of Lwb to book. Let is be serious on this.

  9. Gogodasi says:

    Fundraising is not to go into the oganisations bank accounts, but rather to the well-wishing individuals. This practice of asking parastals to make financial contributions to the ruling party as means of fundraising must stop. Parliament must deliberate this and come up with a legislation to completely stop it.

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