Malawi CSOs, Nyasa Times chase President Mutharika’s assets

Now that the assets declared by public officers can be accessed through application to the Public officers Declarations Directorate, some local civil society organisations (CSOs) have applyied to inquire the wealth of President Peter Mutharika declared.

President Mutharika:  His ssets documents being sought

President Mutharika: His ssets documents being sought

President Mutharika is said to have now become one of the wealthiest leader in the African continent.

However, the CSOs want to have access to the records and know how much Mutharika owns
so that they can easily undertake their watchdog role of ensuring public officers do not accumulate wealth illegally.

Nyasa Times media group has also applied to access the documents.

Assets Director Christopher Tukula, told Daily Times: “I can confirm that the CSO community is among those seeking access to declared assets. But I am not in a position to disclose their identities because the law does not allow me. It up to them to disclose their identities.”

Section 88 A (1) of the Constitution stipulates that the President and members of cabinet must disclose all their assets, liabilities and business interests – as well as those of their spouses or any assets that are held on their behalf – upon election or appointment .

And this obligation is extended to Members of Parliament by Section 213.

But despite these very clear constitutional provisions and the importance of government officials being publicly accountable to citizens, it has proven very difficult to implement practically binding principles that are observed by those in high office. Indeed, it has become a thorny issue among politicians in Malawi as nobody wants to give details of their (often) unexplained property or wealth.

In other countries, the media might be able to use another route by using an access to information law to get the assets document. But regrettably in Malawi after an access to information bill was drafted, it has still not been enacted into Law – leaving Malawian citizens in the dark on many critical issues.

Apart from President Muntharika, other public officers whose assets are ready for public access include Vice President Saulosi Chilima, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya, Leader of Opposition
Lazarus Chakwera and Members of Parliament.

Tukula said his office holds the discretion to grant or refuse access to declarations.

“if there are reasonable grounds taking into account the objectives of the account. In particular, the right to privacy and the personal security of public officers shall be one of the key considerations in granting or
refusing approval for public access.

“To that end, necessary precautions shall be exercised during the screening process and all released information shall be closely monitored to ensure that the process is not abused”,he said as quoted by Daily Times.

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33 thoughts on “Malawi CSOs, Nyasa Times chase President Mutharika’s assets”

  1. PETER NAMAKHWA says:

    APM is a rich man through his hard working, stop being jealousy and start working hard and assist Malawi growth. Nsanje bwanji. Foolish CSO, you have your own house to clean, be open yourselves and you shall start trusting you. Ndalama za ana amasiye munamangira nyumba zanu. This reminds me of Charles song from BK, ndalama za ma Donnor, Shame on you.

  2. concerned citizen says:

    CSO in Malawi are fond of criticizing the president of the day. We here stories of Albinos being abducted and killed but no CSO is coming out to condemn that. But when the president as a person has done something you rush and talk too much.
    TIMAKUDZIWANI MUKUNGOFUNA NDALAMA, IKUPHANI. TATOPA NANU MA CSO

  3. michael Bamusi says:

    I have been in the states for 21 years now and nobody can cheat me that a college professor can be a rich man.Peter muthalika is a thief and what ever riches he has now he stole right there in malawi.If he reads this and argues let him come public and tell people how he made his money with supporting evidence.MBAVA NYANI

  4. please says:

    Focus on development no matter how little or more the professor was receiving but if he was investing ,the wealth grows how sure are you that he was consuming all the money CSO in Malawi just worst time iwo nde akuba kwambiri no audit ,fat salaries one man offices aid being received in their bank account names and sharing ndi azungu akubanso let us focus on development kuli konse atolankhani ,CSO satukula dziko but infrastructure Bingu managed to do that ,APM let us heavily fund infrastructure projects useless CSO amathanyula azungu adasiya iwo akulemba daily tatopa nanu pepzani ntchito yabwino.

  5. MMALAWI says:

    From comments here we Malawians are hugely ignorant. First, we have to know what necessitated the asset declaration law. It’s clear CSO leaders’ assets were not a target for they did not endanger the public purse in any way. Secondly, we overrate our leaders. From what I know Professors in USA earn a good salary but not enough to make them rich; and your area of professorship also matters. It’s presumptuous to assume APM was affluent when he was in the USA. Thirdly we dwell too much on the past instead of solving our current situation. The situation is that the country has become too corrupt and we need to start tackling that corruption and auditing our political leaders’ wealth is a good starting point hence the Assets declaration law

  6. Monosire says:

    Kenkkk, Pdf and your cohorts, let me ask you. Is Goodal poor? Did you see Goodal’s mansion in LL sometime ago? Is that a mansion of a poor fellow? After having worked abroad, including UN, can you say Goodal can’t amass wealth? So what’s different with APM? Moreover, APM has not been in office for long for you to claim what he declared he stole from government. Which government? Government of JB? You mean to be rich you only need to have goats, cows and ducks as a business? Do you know what the word INCOME means? As a professor and advisor and somebody who as worked and acted in his capacity as law professor for ages, advising others on international capacity, do you think he can’t amass wealth? Or are you comparing him with professors in Malawi who just sit phwiii, no research and even rideon kabanza (bicycle)?

    If a celebrity, a talented person even a footballers amasses wealth by staying in diaspora for long, what can stop a professor to have the same? Come on, APM whose daughters are law professors as well, do you mean he is a mere person? I said if you are up for something sinister, out of envy and jealousy, then ask Joyce Banda what she saw when she wanted to pursue, haunt and hunt APM. Ameneyutu once again mulira naye kuti pyoooooooooooooooo. Even if you the CSOs and opposition in form of Nyasatimes you go maing vigils, sleeping on tarmac roads for ages in order to pursue, haunt, hunt and chase APM, he will leave you miles behind. Already you are playing second fiddle. Just wait ad see DPP implementing their Manifesto, Universities, very soon Mombera or Mbelwa mkwati, , Community Colleges, Road Infrastructure, Food security, Green belt, Public reforms, etc which will be vivid to any common man. You will see what campaign you will once again do for him should you start dishimg out shit as you did before? 2019 ntchito za DPP ndi zimene zidzaiolowetsenso mboma osati mare rhetoric ayi. Mukanena za DPP mutopa, tazingopangani zanu. Mapeto ake umphawi mukuliranawowo siukutherani, mudzafabe amphawi basi. Why, for once, can’t Malawians think progressively rather than dwelling on petty mediocrity?

    One thing sensible you DPP atagonists are saying is true that most opposition members, including Abusa joined politics kuti alemere nchifukwa chake adathawa pa pulpit koma osati a chi na Goodal, APM ayi. Achaphwanga fans imeneyi ngakhale itasiya ndale simungafanane nayo ayi, mpaka mudzaferamo! I rest my case.

    1. Kenkkk says:

      Monosire you are missing the point. I didn’t say Peter has stolen money nor did I say he or Goodall were poor when they entered politics. Even rich politicians in the west declare their assets. Poor or rich politicians have to declare their assets For simple reasons that some of them enter politics for wrong reasons of self enrich ness through stealing govt coffers.

      If our leaders were well to do as you claim, would we have all these cashgates scandals such as 1.7bn, 24bn, 92bn, housegates, nacgate, timbergate, etc. If a person Is rich but continues to steal, then that is pure greed because there are many malawians who don’t have anything at all.

      Just to remind you am not a jealous person and I don’t have money problems but strive to speak the truth as I was responding to some of the comments here from stupid boot lickers trying to justify or defend peter’s wealth when all we are talking about is the need for asset declaration by all politicians not just peter’s. Of course Peter’s will receive more attention because he is the president of our country.

      So please Monosire don’t twist my words.

  7. pdf says:

    A malawi, zowona mukuvomereza kuti Peter Muthalika ndiwolemera kwambiri muafrica? Kodi ali ndi business yotani? Kapena mwina walanda 92bn ndi chuma china chamasiye? Mwina mutero, koma aaaaa Peter ndiwakuba.

  8. Kenkkk says:

    Some of you people are talking rubbish here. The declaration of assets applies to politicians, not cso’s. That is how it is done in most countries because politicians have the capacity to steAl from public coffers through their influence and kick backs / corruption to enrich themselves. Some of them the motive for going into Politics is to enrich themselves rather than serve the people. So they go very poor but come out very rich within a very short period of time, how? For that reason it is better to assess their wealth when they enter parliament and then when they leave parliament.

    Some of you claim Peter was In the USA and made money there but how do we know? A top professor in the USA earns about $140,000 per annumin in 2015 that is for a very top one. Peter was not a very top one at his time some 20 years ago and he probably made about $60,000 pa. He probably had a mortgage and other bills, etc with probably very little savings to spare. All that money probably finished during his first two years in Malawi. So any money or wealth he has made must have been accumulated in Malawi. If he is the richest person in Malawi , then How did he get that wealth! The same questions should be thrown to JB and other politicians to explain how they got their current wealth and again explain how they got their wealth at the end of their term in 2019 if it is significantly different from the 2015 one.

    Soon thieves will be exposed!! Shame on you tukula if you don’t want the people of Malawi to know the wealth or assets of their politicians and how they accumulated their wealth. We need transparency if this country is to develop and reduce blatant corruption which had made us the poorest in the world.

  9. Ignorance at the level of stupidity.Do you mean that Peter was jobless when he was not a president???
    Is it just because we are in a poor country then we must also come up with poor suggestions??

    Wake up please!!!!!!!!

  10. Kenkkk says:

    This is stupid Mr Tukula. There should be no restriction whatsoever on the public or individuals accessing the assets declared by politicians.

    If assets are declared, they are declared for anyone to know without restrictions. What security are you talking about? They are not politicians’ bank accounts that people can abuse or misuse.

    It is just as I expect a list of assets each person owns and the total value of the assets. That is it. Even if I know what assets Peter has, how does that affect peter’s security?

    Just look the way the west politicians declare their assets. There is no fuss, you just go to the register and look, it has become common knowledge.

    If you insist on your stupid rules of access, then you or the politicians are hiding something. The public need to know this information so that some good governance can be achieved.

    We don’t want restrictions otherwise you might as well close the door completely. The people of Malawi are tired of being fooled.

  11. Wagwa nayo says:

    Ma CSO ndi mabungwe ena tiwathokoze pa nzeru yomwe atulutsayi koma anthu ena asananene za chuma chawo ayambe ma CSOwa chifukwa ena akulemera msanga anene chuma chawo. Asayambe kuchotsa kachitsotso kali mdiso la wena kusiya chimtanda chiri mdiso lawocho. Amalawi tikudikira inuyo tidziwe kuti ndi zikwanje zingati mipini ingati. Apo bii mukuwa mutopa mpaka pakamwa panopo pang’ambika.

  12. Wagwa nayo says:

    Bambo Tukula ma CSO tiwathokoze pa nzeru yomwe atulutsayi koma anthu ena asananene za chuma chawo ayambe ma CSOwa chifukwa ena akulemera msanga anene chuma chawo. Asayambe kuchotsa kachitsotso kali mdiso la wena kusiya chimtanda chiri mdiso lawocho. Amalawi tikudikira inuyo ma CSO tidziwe kuti ndi zikwanje zingati mipini ingati. Apo bii mukuwa mutopa mpaka pakamwa panopo pang’ambika.

  13. mphwanye says:

    am interested in Atupele Muluzi. I understand is one of the richest ‘babies’ in Africa.

  14. atate says:

    Akufuna agulenso MSB. Amene mukuti Peter anabwela olemela mukutanthauza chani. Ife amene tikudziwa life ya Ku America i can tell u Peter was not rich. Do u know hw much a teacher gets? The only advantage in America is that u live the comfortable life osati zolemelazo .kungoikila kumbuyo munthu chifukwa chokuti mukumusapota ? Chotsani umbuli amalawi

  15. moto mwikho says:

    When will CSOs declare their assets? Pharisees

  16. Mmmmm! Achimizimizi nanunsotu ndiye achimidzimidzidi. I think ignorance is a big issue here. Mungafunse chuma cha APM pano? Apa lakulapo ndi jelasi. But do you realy understand this law? Naonso ma CSO ambiritu ndi mbava zedi. Kungocha lero ali ndiyambisa CSO cholinga muziba. Nanunso muzichita declare. Mr Tukula next time just apply to parliament that all Public and Civil servant should declare their assets. It seems ther e is descimination and exploitation here. Why just select few category of people. JUST SAY “ALL THE PUBLIC OFFICERS AND CIVIL SERVANTS SHOULD DECLARE THERE ASSETS” not just selected stuff.

  17. Monosire says:

    I am also applying to Tukula to know the assets that JB accumulated in two years. Before she bacame president, her son was struggling to run joycer Banda Foundation in BT. He was accumulating a lot of loans but not soon after her presidency. Please CSO an Nyasatimes, join me in applying for the same. For the wealth of APM, he has just told you that he came back home rich. People become rich by setting (kuseta) azungu in UK and kutolera zinyansi in RSA. What more with the whole professor working for several years in various countries and many years in USA? Green card mkwati? Muyesa mungamuthe APM on this? Mumfuse JB akuuzani kuti ameneyu ndi mwana m ulhomwe chaiye si zibwana ayi. Chitsulo cha njanje ngati mkulu wake bambo. But it will be interesting if the CSO, opposition in the name of Nyasatimes keeps on chasing APM chifukwa simumpeza (tha’s the meaning of chasing— you chase from behind) and this will only make him scoop easy votes in 2019 landslide bambo. Ife a DPP tizingochita chitukuko tili pheee ndikumawafotokozera anthu pa MBC mtima uli ziiii!

  18. Muhiye Mwana says:

    Akulu akulu, musiyeni Peter kuti aziganizira momwe he can be president come 2019. He will amass migolo migolo ya mavoti. Peter safuna ndalama koma kutukula Malawi amene amalimbana ndi zopusa osati chitukuko. JB is the most disgraceful person to have been president of the country. iye paja adakaniratu kusonyeza chuma chake.

  19. onjoya says:

    CSO’s executive directors must not be spared. amenewa nde mbava zoopsya kuposa andale.

  20. Atonga says:

    Dn’t hide the fact mr tukula.what you are doing is just weakening the law.

  21. social analyst says:

    do you think in the USA he was doing volunteer work? Professor for more than 35 years? U think he was poor? You must be so stupid to think he was poor.

    1. Charlie Hebdo says:

      He wasn’t poor in the sense you and me think, but wasn’t rich at all. A person with that much years in the US would not have scrambled for Lilongwe City Assembly houses for less than what they are worth. Peter never thought of coming back to Malawi. He came because his bother became president and knew that is where all the money is. All of us who knew his brother here in Lilongwe, knew how miserable he was. Thanks to Acheya, we all saw what he became. Being a University professor is not a very rewarding job unless you some kind of a useful invention or you author best selling books.

  22. Ngungudya says:

    Musiyeni CHKWERA what wrong have he done ngati mulibe chokamba kungokhala

  23. wakumudzi says:

    enanu ndi mbuli zedi. Peter was not poor before he became president.mumaona ngati munthu amakatamuka pochita business basi? he has worked for many years in America and you expect him to be at your level? nonsense.

  24. MBACHI says:

    THIS GOVT IS IN THE HANDS OF THIEVES. WHY HIDDING THEIR ASSETS?

  25. Abk says:

    Chakwera, MCP president declared his assets on his own accord, a couple of weeks before the election day. Who was the asset director by then? I guess the man was too hungry for power. Please call him to declare again because there’s now an officer responsible, and it’s appropriate time.

  26. thiodora fanrosam says:

    ma comment enawa ndi omvetsa chisoni.Akusonyeza umbuli.mukamati chuma wachitenga kuti,that’s nonsense.did he told you how much had he before he became president?he had alot of wealth which he worked for in America.Hes not of your type.

    1. Namarokoro says:

      A Thiodora amenewo! Iya iya iya iya! Chingerezi chimenecho??? Anzathu! Mpaka ‘did he told u’? Thank you for this comment! Lol

  27. che bint says:

    its ur tym peter.dont get shaken wth these cso’s.its your wealth.the cso’s must understand that u started working @ the age of 20 in america and u r now 74 as a president. Sukuba koma ndi chuma chako.wakuba anali jb ndi 2yrs yake ija

  28. Peter Mthiburo says:

    He is the richest in the poorest country?! Is this real? Wazitenga kuti ndalama? Ankachita business yanji asanakhale president! Basi demo iyambike “achoke achoke!”

  29. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Two questions to Mr. Tukula; on personal security what do you mean because most of the people have body guards.

    Information being abused, how. You mean even there something worthy writing in newspaper, it’s not allowed.

    Nanenso ndiye ndipanga apply basi. How can the president become rich within a year? How much is he getting per month? He does not even pay tax.

    Don’t come up with stupid restrictions.

  30. GUANTANAMO says:

    Why hide declared assets? Why shud people apply? Just publish in news papers so that everyone sees

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