Malawi Ministers named in list of cashgate shame: Chaponda, Mussa, Goodall

A write-up believed to be authored by President Peter Mutharika’s close relation, Chimwemwe Kajawa which has gone viral on social media and messenger sharing apps has revealed the involvement of the rotten ministers in a K233 billion (about $330million) grand corruption scam.

Finance Minister Gondwe:Implicated

Finance Minister Gondwe:Implicated

Henry Mussa: Named

Henry Mussa: Named

Chaponda: Still being linked in cashgate

Chaponda: Still being linked in cashgate

The revelations come after President Mutharika recently challenged opposition lawmaker Kamlepo Kalua, who is vice chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee to name and shame the corrupt ministers.

“Ministers that seems to featuring  this jigsaw puzzle are Henry Mussa through Eagle Insurance Company which created bogus premiums and George Chaponda whose wife Dr Chaponda dealt directly withdraw Mai Sadiq of Mzuzu who is a Director at HTD Ltd and went away with 108 billion  [sic ],” reads the information.

Mussa is Minister of Labour while Chaponda is minister of agriculture and irrigation as well as ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president.

Chaponda, who was also named by a lawmaker in parliament that he is a cashgate suspect,  is also said to have facilitated ‘cashgate’  through Azza Chaudry trading as SANA Builders and Hardware and SANA Cash and Carry at the police ordinance (quarter master) where the  expected uniforms and equipment “were only recorded on paper but nothing was supplied.”

The revelations also link Finance and Economic Planning Minister Goodall Gondwe, saying “he had a hand in RYCA General Trading and AUGIES General Dealers where 200 million was siphoned.”

It further reveals that “National Bus Company and SOFTLINKS System Suppliers plus Green Rose General Suppliers wads put of the cashgatewhen and there is irrefutable evidence.”

President Mutharika is under fire from the opposition lawmakers for shielding the rotten ministers but vehemently rejected the accusation, claiming he did not know names of the implicated ministers.

However, the write-up  claims “ the role of ministers in this looting is known by Mutharika some of the traders like J Brown International Co hagred dealers, Kalana Hardware used these names to fast track the payments of goods which were not supplied. “

According to the write-up, President Mutharika “is very unlikely” to unleash a whip to his cronies.

It states: “Mutharika is now being blackmailed by all cabinet ministers involved and this has affected his health.”

However, Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa recently succumbed to political pressure to change tune to say no minister is implicated.

“Let me make it clear that there is no minister being implicated or involved in any case or indeed the so-called seven case files. According to the report, it says there is need for further investigations for all case files. These case files are for businesses not linked to any minister of government officer,” Kamphasa said.

“I therefore, would like to distance myself from the issue of cabinet ministers being implicated or involved as there is no evidence unless those who say so have other evidence that I do not have,” he said.

But government insiders say the business firms being mentioned are named in the report copied from the previous forensic audit and no fresh information is gathered as the accusations are those that mostly they were cleared of any wrong doing in cashgate related case.

However, the country’s graft bursting body Anti-Corruption Bureau’s spokesperson Egrita Ndala told local radio: “We can’t give an outright answer on whether seven serving cabinet ministers are implicated in the K233 billion cashgate scandals.”

She, however, said that the bureau is doing a thorough analysis of the 13 case files in its custody to determine pursuable cases.

Besides the current corruption scandal, Malawi is yet to recover from another scam called Cashgate, in which at least $32m of Malawian state funds was stolen by government officials in just six months between April and October 2013.

Outgoing British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin, also bemoaned the higher levels of corruption in Malawi, exacerbated by a culture of impunity.

He told a local paper that the country’s rule of law could be permanently undermined by failure to bring to book those who break the law.

“The cancer of corruption is the most dangerous element that can undermine Malawi’s instability,” Nevin said, adding, “Corruption, fraud are not sufficiently challenged.”

And during  a public political rally this week, President Mutharika conceded that corruption is worsening in the country.

“We cannot go on like this. This country will go down… we must change our moral profile,” said Mutharika.

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Vyaluta
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27 days 8 hours ago

Mfiti nkhope ngati achule pple are dying in hospitals coz of u and Bakili resign now now

Demons
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Demons
30 days 1 hour ago

This is another failed African state which is not sure what it means to govern.Muthalika grew up in USA,he has no idea what it means to be poor and patriotic talk less of love.Such a human being is inhumane and directionless in dealing with matters of national interest.After Ngwazi even though he was autocratic and abated capitalism but he new what he stood for unlike these carcasses that only dream of looting

be humane
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be humane
30 days 7 hours ago

Nyasatimes Woyeeeeeeeeeeee. nonse amene mukuganiza kuti Chkwera can rule Malawi mungozivuta. 22 years in opposition chipani chimenecho? This is a Chewa clan party only on central region ndiye chingawine? Mudziyenda a chewa mumapusitsika mukamaona kuti central region ndi MCP mukumaona ngati dziko lonse ndi lanu. No support in other regions muwina bwanji? Olo mudane ndi alomwe inunso ndi achewa mumavotera mchewa nzanu, alomwe amavotera mlowe mzao atumbuka ndale anasiya samadziwa chimene amafuna

Citizen
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Citizen
29 days 12 hours ago

No relevance at all to the story/article. Useless person.

Unravel
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Unravel
30 days 4 hours ago
You calling yourself “Be Human”, you need to be educated here with some facts. First, stop being tribalistic and regionalistic when making political comments. Secondly, MCP is not a Chewa party, it was not started by Chewa people, and its first leaders were not of Chewa origin. The party started as Nyasaland African Congress (NAC) in 1944. The first president was Levi Zililo Mumba who was not a Chewa. Most of its leaders originated from the north and not the centre. Kamuzu, a Chewa from Kasungu, was called to lead the party especially because of his exposure to the Western… Read more »
Ameen Yunus Sanud
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Ameen Yunus Sanud
30 days 10 hours ago

Sad to see my country vandalized during the day

Nkhulandi
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30 days 11 hours ago

Now that the names are out, we expect nothing apart from this OLD Muthalika acting on the matter, the way Joyce Banda did with Kasambara

Benjones
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30 days 11 hours ago

We already know about it what is new and the names of the other 4 ministers.don’t give us half cooked story.we Malawian may be slow but we are interested.

Malawi
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Malawi
30 days 21 hours ago

Ai Sadiq of Mzuzu. Tell us more. Amenewa ndani. Ndalama zachuluka izi. Kudya kwacke kwantudu wanji munthu mmodzi uphawai uchululkirenji pa Malawi. Muli ndi mzimu kapena thupi lokha

chilungamo chimawawa
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chilungamo chimawawa
30 days 22 hours ago

government of thieves

be humane
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be humane
30 days 23 hours ago

I know some people don’t know what is happening in Malawi. Kukondwellera kuti mayina atuluka? Izi zinatuluku kale mayina amenewa alipo kale nkhani iri pano ndi yoti otsalawo atchulidwe ngakhale Kamlepo alibe. Chonde musalowetsepo za Chakwera ajanso nde mmmmmmm mungowanyozetsapo pachabe ngati akulephera kuyendetsa chipani angathe kuyendetsa dziko? Munthu wamkulu kukajoina ana a sukulu demonstration leader of opposition ameneyo? Aphunzire kwa Tembo

Citizen
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Citizen
29 days 12 hours ago

You are very inhuman. Why drag the name of Chakwera into this story? Iwedi ndiwe munthu wozerekezeka. Ulibe nfundo. Just shut up and continue licking the ass of your cronies

Nkuluzado
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Nkuluzado
30 days 9 hours ago

Kape wachabechabe iwe you don’t know the only hope of Malawi is Chakwera – 2019 kuchedwa the true patriotic leader is coming DRRRRRR LAZARUSSSSSSSSSSSSS CHAKWERAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! Chipani akusokoneza ndi DPP corrupt dumwits but they will fail miserably

chimzimu Chonyasa
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30 days 10 hours ago

Be straight to a point, you “be humane”. Chakwera is not mentioned in this group of thieves and what you should know is that it is this stolen money which is influencing descent in MCP because thieves are buying would be strong MCP members to revolt

Nyima
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Nyima
30 days 23 hours ago

Amene mukusekelera kuti izi ndi zowona,where are the other four ministers,we heard from the same kamulepo that,there are 7,give us the rest of the names so that we trust your sources

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