Malawi anti-graft body concludes report on 2 deputy speakers  

Graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has it has concluded a report on allegations that First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka-Chilenje and Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya dubiously claimed housing allowances amounting to millions by signing tenancy agreements for their own houses.

Deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje: Illegal allowances

Deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje: Illegal allowances

ACB deputy director Reneck Matemba said the report will be made available in the coming weeks.

Mcheka –Chilenje and Chiwaya were accused that they swindled Parliament money through dubious claims since their election to the high offices.

They allegedly  pocket K500, 000 each every month for house allowances, K250,000 more than their entitlement as they live in their personal houses.

“We have concluded the report and we have made recommendations. The report will be released to the public in the coming days or weeks but very soon,” he said.

Matemba said apart from the two deputy speakers, ACB also interrogated Speaker Richard Msowoya because issues of Parliamentary Service Commission came up during the interrogation of the two deputy speakers who survived pressure from the back benchers to resign.

“We want this matter to come to an end, we are keen on this” he said.

Chilenje went into parliament as an independent MP having failed to win Democratic Progressive Party primary elections in the run up to the 2014 elections but now she returned to her former party whilst Chiwaya is a United Democratic Front MP, a party which is a bedfellow of the DPP in parliament.

Legal and constitutional commentator Edge Kanyongolo demanded that the deputy speakers should pay back what they unjustly got from taxpayers to avoid setting a bad precedent for future occupants of the office.

Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) ordered that they no longer get rentals.


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Sangwani Mhango
I completely agree with comment #3 from Harrison Harawa suggesting that the main breaking news here is what Matemba has said – that Richard Msowoya is implicated and has been interrogated. What i can add is that Msowoya must step down to allow a fully fledged investigation to roll-out. Alternatively, Kamlepo Kalua, our beloved vocalist in Parliament must bring the issue for a vote in parliament so that the speaker can answer to the nation what he has stolen from the public coffers. Also, what about his illegal assistance for Jessie Kabwira to evade the law enforces? What about the… Read more »

What does their position have for housing? Did government give them official houses or gave them what they were entitled to? If government did not give houses, they are entitled to their grade housing whether it is rented or their own houses.

Elson B

We don’t a need an ACB that issues recommendations. We need an ACT that acts against corruption. Why cant Malawi have a Madonsela?


Give them loans and warning letters

Kasongo wa Kaponde

Maybe the Zuma saga has taught us the way forward


I don’t trust this body




If you are not ready to release it why tell us that its ready? Just get into action ACB we all know there is no smoke without fire. Looting kingdom in action. Am sure if they were not guilty u could have said immediately anyway lets go by the rule of law innocent until proven guilty. Tick tock…the arm of the law will catch up with u no matter how long it takes or how many elections takes place in between.


What is ACB going to do on its own after invastigations , going to get orders from the presidents to tell ACB to what to do with since the two speakers are all DPP supporters in parliament and outside parliament ?
We thought that ACB is independent and that they are to act on its own without telling the next step which they are going to take ?

Jim Phiri

They receive enough money. What rental allowances for?

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