Malawi govt defends Bingu wa Mutharika’s K61bn wealth

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has defended the  K61 billion wealth said to have been accumulated by former president Bingu wa Mutharika, saying he had the capacity to accumulate such wealth and that there is no evidence the money was stolen.

Kaliati: No corruption for Bingu

Kaliati: No corruption for Bingu

Minister of Information, Patricia Kaliati, who is also government spokesperson defended late Mutharika in an interview after the issue of how the former president accumulated such wealth was raised during deliberations in the National Assembly, where member of parliament Harry Mkandawire  said the money was an indication of corruption at high level.

Kaliati said late Mutharika worked for the UN, the World Bank, had farms and he was also a writer who kept on publishing books to make money..

She said as someone who retired in the UN at the grade of D1, it would not be surprising that he also had bank accounts with substantial amounts internationally.

“It is high time people start making allegations and provide evidence,” she said.

“They are talking about bank accounts, where are the bank documents legally produced by the so called banks? They are talking about houses and other infrastructures, where are the title deeds of these things? There are no real documents here.”

Kaliati subsequently described the allegations as a pathetic political move.

“We know it is being perpetuated by some disgruntled individuals who want to come into the limelight. Some of them at one point had wanted to join the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but failed because we only accommodate people with dignity here.

“These are disgruntled, disappointed individuals, failures and thieves,” she said.

Kaliati insisted that government was aware that exposing late Mutharika’s wealth was just a ploy by the opposition to damage the DPP administration but she said the government was not disturbed with such moves.

She said Mutharika never stole money from government coffers, saying no court of law prosecuted him on the matter.

Kaliati said to the contrary, former president Joyce Banda had stolen huge sums of money through cashgate saying this is why she is a criminal refugee in South Africa.

According to documents relied by Mkandawire,  the MP is claiming that Mutharika’s monetary wealth and real estate amounts to over  K61 billion which was being held as hard cash in various bank accounts.

Mkandawire claims late Mutharika’s accumulation of such wealth explains why the country found itself in economic problems.

Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu dismissed the accusations that late Mutharika accumulated his wealth from shady deals, saying the MP is making claims “simply out of speculation.”

“As a matter of fact there is no investigation and there is no prosecution. Nobody was prosecuted even the former president was not prosecuted for us to determine that he has taken any money,” said Tembenu.

Reports say late Mutharika’s sources of wealth, among others, Mota-Engil made the cheque deposits into the late president’s personal bank account number 0140001886701 at Capital City Branch of Standard Bank.

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23 thoughts on “Malawi govt defends Bingu wa Mutharika’s K61bn wealth”

  1. Munyepe Mwanapwa says:

    Akuluakulu opposition musayese kuti DPP is full of dunderheads like you. You will struggle till your last drop of blood to unseat DPP. DPP is gaining ground day by day, courtesy to MCP’s loud mouthing. DPP has engaged a dangerous gear prematurely because of the provocation by MCP and PP. Now the campaign has started but the opposition can hardly cope with this and it will be very hard for it to stand the heat. You will see after the sitting of parliament, the opposition will be relagated to its cocoon, hiding, as if voters do bite. If they happen to hold a rally, the gathering is like that for a funeral of a homeless person. Other fools are these recent ones who say they want to form a party but before they go a single step, they go ten steps to courts. Next time you will hear someone forming his own Manganya Congress Party! I now think this one would be nude demonstrator is wiser than the opposition.

  2. vavlov says:

    Bingu retired with very little money, in fact he was driving a mini bus to make some money to survive. All the wealth accumulated was through corruption. So this zombie looking Kaliati don’t be stupid. Obviously you are the most stupid minister Malawi has ever have. Your statements lack fact, and exemplifies how dufft you are. Investigate Bingu. Don’t leave this issue, pursue to its finality.

  3. Winston Msowoya says:

    Racist Mac Tumbuka Face,you are not racist,but rather a die-hard tribalistic preposterous,What has Tumbuka to do with the issue of theft of public funds by the Head of State?The issue here is MK61billion which has gone missing and the people of Malawi want to know where the public funds had gone? The fact of the matter is that it is foolhardy to believe that such gargantuan amount of finances could vanish just like that while tax-payers themselves face economic convulsion.Mac Tumbuka Face,the Tumbukas might have once dated your wife hence,such unbelievable detestation or you might not have excelled in academic achievement bad luck,that is your own fault for chasing rats in the bush.No matter what,the Tumbukas,are in Malawi to stay because it is their birth right too.If you are in league with Kaliati that ambi smeared harlot,you will both end up where your demi-god Bingu ended.

  4. The Patriot says:

    Wakuba akakhala wakwathu, tilibe pulobulemu! Anthu akanena kuti munthuyi anali mbamva, ena akuti vuto ndi amene wakuwa kuti “wakuba!” osati wakubayo…..
    Mr Tembenu, now you can see what happens to a professional who has been “appointed” to a position! All the professionalism is lost! Nobody has said Bingu stole but the honourable MP says the late Presidents wealth was suspect…..all that is needed to be done is an independent investigation to establish whether the late Prof stole or not.
    As for Akweni…no need to waste time with you! Koma mwina tinene mu Chichewa.
    Malemu Bingu mu 2004 ananene kuti ali ndi 150,000 US dollars ya katundu(thawi imene ija 1 dollar was equal to 150kwacha) ndiye kuti Bingu anali ndi 225, 000, 000 kwacha.Common sense says kuti ndalama za ku UN zinali zimenezi, sichoncho?
    Patatha zaka 8 atakhala pa udindo, nkupezeka ndi 63,000,000,000 kwacha. Ma cheke a Mota Engil mkati,,ndiye anthu akufunsa kuti makobidi amenewa anachokela kuti? Ali mayeso akweni ndithu simungakhonze….no wonder….inuyo muli inuyo…..

  5. Optic Computer says:

    Bingu declared K100 mln after working for the UN, World Bank, COMESA, RBM and some minister. What we want Kaliati to explain is how he got the K61,000 mln when he died? We are interested with what he declared in 2004 when he assumed the presidents position and 2012 when he died.

  6. Tikondane says:

    Tsoka kwaovotera munthu chifukwa mwayandikana naye! Apa siawa akutilidzira limodzi ine ndi inu!? Chiwavotereni, anayamba akuponyerani shuga or mchere? Pano mukugonera makaka …..phindu lake lilikuti? Amalawi -amalawi amalawi kumvetsa chisoni!

  7. Tikondane says:

    Mulungu amakana kuchitira umboni wonama. Mutinamiza ife tokha; nanga Mulungu will you still lie to Him?

  8. Mama Kaliati Hippo feed me says:

    Kaliati is a proper Joke!! All makeup and no substance, she is too stupid to be a spokesperson for a lone hippo forget the govt.
    How much wealth did Bingu have and can you prove it was obtained legally? Everyone knows you and your party are the biggest THIEVES!! Wokuba iwe!!

  9. Kevin says:

    DISGUSTING!…..

  10. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    . . . and I quote . . .
    “To the contrary, former president Joyce Banda had stolen huge sums of money through cashgate. This is why she is a criminal refugee in South Africa.” – Kaliati (12th Paragraph)
    . . . Why has it taken you more than 2 years to admit that Joyce Banda stole our money?
    . . . and why, having realised this; you are doing nothing to have her here for justice?
    . . . is there any other explanation apart from the fact that thieves do not police or prosecute fellow thieves?
    . . . if you cant prosecute Joyce, should anyone be surprised that you are defending Bingu?
    . . . If you are failing to prosecute Joyce (your foe, opponent, enemy, competitor), and are defending Bingu (who was a friend); what are you? if not a thief?
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    Tembenu is equally useless . . .
    His argument that there is no evidence of theft, as no one has ever been investigated or prosecuted; is as empty as it is regrettable.
    . . . who would have investigated or prosecuted Bingu, in the first place? Himself? Ha!
    . . . Joyce Banda, perhaps? But do thieves investigate or prosecute fellow thieves?
    We all know that you Tembenu are saying this coz ndi ntchito yanu,
    . . . but sometimes, one must follow one’s conscience not just one’s duty. and this; is a mark of integrity.
    Sadly, you have none! Mbava zokhazokha!
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  11. dickson says:

    zatuluka nthawi yolakwika alipowa sangapange zoona za nkhani imeneyi..asiyileni a acb kapena apolice omwe ali ndi ukadaulo ofufuza.

  12. mbewe says:

    DPP you guys suck seriously

  13. George Mata says:

    The guy declared $150,000 when he became a president. By the time he died he had K61b. How many books did he sell to get to K61b plus properties that he acquired locally and internationally?????

  14. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mrs Kaliati, you were employed as government spokesperson and not for Bingo. Therefore you are not qualifying to say anything relating individuals. Let relations and lawyers for Bingo do that.

    Why can’t working within your work jurisdiction. Bingo wa Munthalika was neither DPP as a party nor government itself. Unless you are implying that he benefited from these entities as his personal estates.

  15. Petre Mathanyula says:

    A thief defending a dead thief. Bingu declared that his estate was worth K150,000,000.00 when he assumes the presidency in 2004. How come he accumulated over MK61,000,000,000 in eight years of his rule? This is why ACB is not operating independently because DPP knows they can be exposed. But wait a minute you can fool some people sometime but you can not fool all the people all the time. Time will tell.

  16. Racist McTumbukaFace says:

    Its high time these fellow tumbuka guys Harry Mkandawire and Kamlepo Kaluwa start substantiating their allegsyions with hard evidence. Otherwise you will make us look bad.

  17. Mfana odzisata says:

    If they were legitimate, let a forensic investigation be done without interference.
    The fact that you are afraid of an investigation, it smacks of your fear that truth will be known on the same.

  18. Mwamba says:

    Tembenu is useless. It is unbelievable it is coming from a minister of justice and someone with a law degree. What do you mean thee is no investigation? Yeremiah Chihana investigated his wealth.
    Civil society organizations should demand Mota-Engil to be investigated. It a very corrupt organization.

  19. Jean says:

    Envy at its best

    1. Malawian says:

      That’s Malawi my sister. Envy or jealousy is the order of the day. Why him and not me syndrome. If you critically analyze those people who are making noise you will notice one commonality in them…

      1. Mary says:

        Why is JEALOUSY so deep rooted in Malawian culture!

        The culture is rotten.. Corruption, Bribery, Bigotry, Evil, Xenophobia and Jealousy.. Jealousy is the worst disease in Malawi ..

        It does not matter the age, gender or Tribe.. They are born learning only to be jealous.. They may not learn anything else throughout their miserable lives.. But they learn and master evil jealousy!..Even Foreigners come to learn about the culture of Malawi and how awful it is..

        Foreigners should be warned that the country is xenophobic.. Don’t bother with this lost place. If in case you pass through on your way from Mozambique to Tanzania, just keep moving because they will mistreat you.. Some of the biggest Crooks on the continent!…

  20. Buyelekhaya says:

    More of the same! Nkosi yam!

  21. Bikitoni says:

    Bingi anali chimbava chakufikapo and that’s why all those who follow him ndi mbava zakufikapo

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