Lilongwe City Council cashgate, millions siphoned

Members of the revenue collection department at the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) are walking heads down following damning revelations that they have been siphoning the council’s money through scrupulously schemed escapades.

Bikoko: There is plunder

Bikoko: There is plunder

Nyasa Times has established that millions of kwacha at the council have vanished and authorities cannot explain.

The revelation comes after Nyasa Times busted another corruption scandal at the Lilongwe District Council in which 18 middle class and aristocratic houses in the country’s most expensive city were sold for less that K20 million (about US$40 000).

A report by the council’s Human Resource Committee has confirmed the alleged siphoning of funds.

According to the report, recently delivered at the LCC offices in the capital Lilongwe, workers in the revenue department are said to be possessing fake receipt books which they issue and take home the money they collect.

For a long time the members of staff could not be apprehended because the council books remained intact, the committee chairperson Dr. Desmond Bikoko said.

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe during the mid-year budget review at the just ended sitting of parliament complained of the country collecting less is some of its revenue collecting departments.

 Nyasa Times learnt that another method that is being used to siphon the money is that the revenue collectors charge below the recommended fees and leave something to the businessperson without issuing any receipt.

LCC’s director of administration Dyson Milanzi has warned against the behaviour, saying all wrong-doers will be brought to book.

“The City needs money to fix street lights, pay salaries and pay garbage collectors,” he said. “Where will the City get the money if we are siphoning our revenue in this manner?”

A senior staffer at LCC who refused to be named confided in Nyasa Times that “millions of kwacha could not be traced.”

But Milanzi further issued stern warnings to members of staff, hinting of executing criminal investigations.

“If you continue, I will not hesitate but apply all rules that even if you go to the courts you will not win,” he said.

He claimed that he had copies of some of the fake receipt books.

One official who spoke on behalf of fellow revenue collectors admitted that they are sometimes tempted to engage in the corrupt practices because of deplorable salaries.

Milanzi described the sentiment as a lame excuse.

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Phodogoma
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Tumbukas why do you feel pompus as if you can lead the country. Yet when you are given a big post, all what you do is direct nepotism on employment as long as you hear the tongue of simbweni and alongosi. He/she is employed straight away. Even if you go to ACB you will find many Ngwiras, many Mhonies, Many chipetas. No Mlomwe. All these being employed because they come from Nthalire, Enukwenu, Mquocha, Edingeni, from Jemba wa Majemba area not forgetting Mtwalo area. Mbuzi za anthu zenizeni basi.look at how Tumbukasa are finishing Lilongwe yet the Chewas are there… Read more »
Richard Hara
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You do not know what you are saying and God is the best witness for me. Thanks for your comments amandilimbitsa mtima.

Manje
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Blantyre City Assembly yawonjeza katangale .Inu ofufuza tafufuzani

Phwado
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I shall never ever pay again.

Muhiye Mwana
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Na pali Muhinya palibe chabwino! anthu awa ndiwotopetsa and they are many in numbers. Had JB not married to Muhinya, she would not be in trouble. LL City Council is the worst of all councils in Malawi. Nothing he is doing for the city. Govt should allow Bitznowarty to run the city and not this stupid LL Chief Executive

Mopia
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You cannot hear this in Mzuzu but Lilongwe where is the home Nyau cashgaters

edda mwalweni
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That’s y we want a feudal system

Gimbogo
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DPP WOYEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Njolinjo
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@ Akatswiri, even in Blantyre, vendors are all over.

Earth Digger
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Lack of patriotism & non-direction!

social analyst
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pali mtumbuka palibe chabwino. see the names behind cashgate. its these guys. no wonder the CEO Mr Hara got an injunction when he was ordered to leave the city council. He wanted to clear his desk.

God is Good
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It is an insult to say a Tumbuka, that is why this country want develop because boma lazaza a Chewa ndi a Lomwe opanda nzeru!
M’mutu mwawo ndi mbatata basi.
If there is any wrong doing talk about that osati ntundu wa munthu kapena anthu, bullshit!!!!

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