Malawi opposition criticises anti-corruption chief appointment: MCP calls it ‘cosmetic’

Malawi opposition has criticised the appointment of financial expert, LucasKondowe, as the new anti corruption czar to lead the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Kabwila: Executive arrogance

Kabwila: Executive arrogance

Kondowe: Said he would not succumb to political pressure from any quarter.

Kondowe: Said he would not succumb to political pressure from any quarter.

President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday appointed Kondowe, First Merchant Bank (FMB) General Manager for Finance, Planning and Strategy to head the graft-busting body replacing Justice Renzine Mzikamanda.

Kondowe’s appointment is subject to the approval of the Public Appointment’s Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly.

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) said the emphasis of having a financial expert “will not be a magic pill” to crackdown on rampant corruption in the southern African nation.

MCP spokeswoman, Dr Jessie Kabwila, called for “evidence based appointment” on why ACB has not been ticking.

“I think what we should be talking about is, does the person have a work ethic,” said Kabwila in an interview monitored on Capital Radio, a private FM national broadcaster which also streams live online.

Kabwila said MCP wants ACB to carry proper investigations and there should be no sacred cows in corruption fight, saying the “big fish” should be netted in corruption syndicate.

She called the appointment of Kondowe as “cosmetic approach.”

“What donors are waiting is that we show we are serious in the fight against corruption,” she said accusing Peter Mutharika of “executive arrogance.”

“What is weakening our institutions in Malawi is executive arrogance,” pointed out Kabwila.

He accused President Mutharika of abdicating from his electoral pledge to reduce presidential powers – especially in appointing officer in oversight institutions – and that the new anti-corruption czar will have allegiance to the Head of State other than being independent.

“You the media need to go to Peter Mutharika to say, you promised to reduce presidential powers, what are you doing?The issue is we have a government that is failing to deliver its promises,” said Kabwila.

Also commenting on the issues on the Capital Radio was Peoples Party (PP) spokesman Ken Msonda who accused President Mutharika of appointing a DPP member to head ACB.

Msonda alleged that Kondowe “is a DPP member,” claiming that he has been an active operative of the ruling party.

“It raises a lot of eyebrows on the criteria used to pick him. We need to avoid politicising some of these things,” said Msonda.

But Kondowe said he would not kowtow to political pressure and would be professional as possible.

He said President Mutharika had assured him that there will be no interference from the administration.

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58 thoughts on “Malawi opposition criticises anti-corruption chief appointment: MCP calls it ‘cosmetic’”

  1. Manzy j says:

    Koma kabwila yu atangomupatsa dzikoli kuti alamulile kwachaka chimodzi angachite chani ameneyu? Kutsogoleratu anthu sikophweka akabwira. Mumafuna azikusankhani inu kuti mukhale maminister kapena mukufuna atakusankhani inu kukhala ku ACB? Osamaonetsa mkwiyo wanu woluza zisankho pomangatsutsa chilichonse musaganize kuti muzapeza mavoti pomangoti kukamwambe pachirichonse. Kodi kondowe ndi mulomwe? Akabwila kodi ndinu anzeru kwambiri mmalawi muno? Muzizipatsa ulemu pliz. Kabwira amafunisitsa akulamulira komano ndizosatheka. Tamango pangati chitukuko kwanuko osamachedwa ndikuchita pholoso. Nthawi ya kampeni inatha.vomelezani kuti APM ndi president wa malawi. Chomwe ndikudziwa ineyo ndichakuti kabwilayu amadana ndi ma president kuyambora Bingu, JB and APM onsewa kwaiye palibe chomwe achita. Olo inakakhala MCP tinene kuti ndi bwenzi ita kwaniritsa zonse zomwe idalonjeza nthawi ya kampeni? Kwa miyezi 5? Tiyeni anzathu akamakonza zithu tiwayamikire ndikuwa thandiza kuti zawo zitheke bwino. Sinthani maganizo anu mayi.somungaphule kalikonse pazomwe mukumachizo.

  2. Mulira Sitinati says:

    Kodi wabwino atani?adzasankhe bambo anu?mesa kodi enanu akakusankhani mumakana?musatitopese munangomva kuti opposition ndiye kumangongosusa zili zonse?respect urself munthu saipa zonse,timakipatsani ulemu!mukumbuke kuti nthawi yopasula inapita ino njomanga.pple wil judge u by ur words!

  3. nzeru zayekha. says:

    Musiyeni APM agwire ntchito yomwe akudziwa kt ingathandidze dziko but mukamakokanakokana muzingobwezeresa zinthu mbuyo. God bless my country!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Wawa Phumisa says:

    So it is only MCP and PP doing the checks and balances. UDF inatafunidwa hahahaha. Bakili is a sold out. UDF is his asset. Some of the smallest parties combined cannot even make sense to all Malawians. By the way, Jumbe and Davis Katsonga what were they doing at state house? I thought these misguided gullible politicians deregistered their briefcase parties?

  5. Tengupenya says:

    birds of a feather cannot pluck each others’ feathers.

  6. Tengupenya says:

    financial experts to prosecute financial thiefs!

  7. akatswiri says:

    The Job the deputy Acb, will be tough since the Director is layman in Law,what a wast.

  8. ken says:

    Just shut up woman. Who do you think you are? Munthu omangochita critisize zilizonse basi. Ndiye muliratu simunati. DPP Woyeee Bravo APM

  9. The appointment has bn made just to hide wh@ the dpp gvd stole during the Bingu time,im feeling sorry for my fellow poor malawians,nothing tangible has hapened sor far bt only dismisals & new appontments(which also favours mlakho)kkkkk

  10. Why couldn’t the government let Mr Rezine Mzikamanda finish the job he started first and then replace him after he had successfully delivered what he was required to achieve in this case we are looking at a very complex issue cashgate whose main culprits are Top government officials, should we therefore conclude that the President has something to hide by this sudden and awkward appointment of a new ACB Boss ? I have noted with great concern that each and everytime a new government is ushered there is always pressure and confusion when it comes to controlling officers in very crucial government department mostly those to do with Security, Corruption and crime investigation etc .A Malawitu sife anthu opusa we know exactly what you are doing kungoti chikhalidwe chathu komanso mantha amene boma la ulamulilo umodzi linayika m’moyo mwathu ndizomwe zikutibweza mbuyo as for the case of cashgate Sitinayenera kunyengelera wina aliyense A lot of people perished for Christ sake as a result of this greedy and murderous behavior of our Politicians and top government officials We must Act and We must Act Now “ITS NEVER TOO LATE”

  11. Tondetonde says:

    APM is the state president therefore the appointments he is making are good for running his government which he is running. Nthawi Ngati idzafike nanunso mudzasankha anu wo. So jessy just shut up. Diso lako limangoona zolakwika zokhazokha bwanji? Grow up wamva let malawi move forward osati kukokana on appointments. Bravo APM for appointong Koo

    1. PM says:

      Your views seem to indicate that as STATE PRESIDENT APM should do things sypathetic to DDP, and then when MCP comes in, they will have to do things sympathetic to their grouping. This is wrong. STATE PRESIDENTS should do things for the good of whole nation, and all manner of people. That is why they are called STATE PRESIDENTS.

  12. MTHUTHA says:

    I have never seen and met a dull but educated person like jessie kabwila. she just utters nonsense all the time. she brings so many issues which are not related at all. this woman is a total disgrace to the educated.

  13. nanyokomuhiye says:

    Musiyeni mtumbukayi adyeko za DPP.Kodi simumati alomwe akuphangira?

  14. loveness says:

    I agree with Jessy wrong candidate. peter wants a shield so oo

  15. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Ms. Kabwila-Kapasula ordering the media to say such and such to APM: by media she actually means Tenthani. That highly biased MCP apparatchik!
    The lady cannot focus on one issue. She brings up so many issues in one answer, and yet she cannot multitask. Former students of hers at Chancellor College will tell you that too.

  16. Mwenecho says:

    l I love u Jessy truth hates

  17. s says:

    I have been with Jessy before and the first impression you get from her when you are talking with her is that she she is very wise. But when you listen to her keenly you will note that she speaks utter nonsense, she is a liar, a frustrated angry single woman who is fighting a lose battle. I have been in her class before…if you don’t question her ideas she will crussify you with lies. She claims to have conducted researches in order to make her case sound…but believe you me we have tried and tested her she makes emoty claims that lack basis…all I am saying is: Jessy is a poison wrapped up in gold…

  18. Wamandasi says:

    Koma mai uyu afa ndi nthenda ya mtima. Mayi ophunzira uyu koma ntchito yake ndikuona vuto pachili chonse boma lipange. Kabwira ayambe kuloza zolakwika osati akhale akukhumudwitsa anthu

    Ndikanakonda ACB ikanamupeza Jessie ndi nkhani yonyasa kuti adziwe kuti ACB ikugwira ntchito.

    Mai ameneyu amandisangalatsa nkhope yakeyi koma zochokera mkamwa mwakemo ndi za ndowe basi. Koma ndimamukhululukira chifukwa Chakwera Mbusa osakhululuka, okana chiyanjano anamuza Jessie kuti Ntchito yake ndikuyang’ana mbali yoyipa ya chilichonce. Mayi ameneyu ngakhale umupatse chocolate achipezera vuto.

  19. MBWIYACHE says:

    DONT FRUSTRATE THE STATE PRESIDENT, LET HIM DEVELOP MALAWI

  20. Crispin says:

    It’s not only comestic, it ‘s assine. Given Kondowe’s penchant for domineering over others and insisting on ‘his way always’ the ACB is hardly going to be run in a fair and transparent manner. eople don’t respect this guy, they fear him and that’s the way he likes it.Executive powers is the perfect description here. This man is going to make all the decisions himself because he is a compulsive micromanager. We can forgive APM for Saulos Chilima because Chilima knows his stuff and he is a people person, but APM has really picked a rotten apple with this one. Goodluck!

  21. Victor Phiri says:

    Public Appointments Committee do not approve Kondowe as he is a DPP operative.
    We need an independent mind at ACB

  22. Angozo says:

    Munthu ndi munthu sayamika, kodi mumafuna asankhe inuyo? Ena mumati asankha mlomwe nanga Kondowe ndi mlomwe? Ambirinu muli ngati garu, chifukwa garu kumupatsa nyama pa mbale amachotsa kudyela pansi nonse amene mukutsutsana ndi kusankhidwa kwa a Kondowe muli ngati agaru.

  23. The main problem I find here is “excisecutive” power. The President has been given these powers to appoint anybody he feels is well educated, honest to him, royal and a member of his platoon. This position should be advertised and be interviewed by the relevant commission. Political inclination must not be intertained. Here, Kondowe may well qualify but the colour he is wearing is the bone of contention. The choice was going to be the right one but????. Fraud expert!!, sounds abit worrying looking at what is happening around, is he not going to be used to promote the designer? Watch out!!!

  24. action says:

    Every malawian is a politician & when you say is a DPP member is not a thing to get warried of unless you tell me that this post would need an opposition member. I rest my case.

  25. Ngodya says:

    Khwemule palibe chomwe ukudziwa,Kabwila anakwela ndege yomwe ndalama zakke ndi za a Malawi osati akathokoze munthu Ai, ndiposo Ku Zim ankakagwila ntchito ya boma. Pankhani ya kusankhidwa mwa Lucas kukhala ACB director ndizonvetsa chisoni,Lucas ndikumudziwa ine amakonda DPP kwambiri moti atapezeka kuti WA DPP walakwa akhoza kuchita chiri chonse kuti amuteteze. Ndanenatu!!!!!

  26. thandeka says:

    Mr Lucas Kondowe ndi Mfalisi wa DPP… And his appointment is a shield to protect DPP Sacred Cows! The State President is not serious about Fighting Corruption in this Country!

    Mr Christopher Tukula,the Director of Assets Declaration was supposed to head the ACB and Mr Lucas Kondowe was not supposed to be appointed as ACB Head because FMB he was working as General Manager of Finance is questionable in Cash-Gate…With this Mr President you are entertaining corruption and Cash-Gate in this Country…

    To clear any suspicious of Cash Gate,Ndata Palace needs to be probed to find the source of its funding and Peter Mutharika must retain back MHC Houses which he bought at Cheap Price when he was Cabinet Minister in the Bingu wa Mutharika Adminstration for Malawians and the International Community to have confidence in him and he must follow the Good Example of Treza Namathanga Senzani who returned back to Malawi Government her portion of Cash Gate!

    Because Treza Nanathanga Senzani returned back the money she swindled in Cash Gate…

  27. chingolopiyo says:

    Kwabwira as a political figure should know that this is the first step in the right direction the government has taken. Looking at Kondowe he has it take for the job. When will we agree with the right things. The donors want somebody who can tell the truth and that person is Kondowe. Msonda, you should know that all the people in Malawi have parties they support thhat is why you are in PP. Is it a crime to be a DPP member. I was expecting you this time to say Yeah, APM has picked someone not from his region as we always claim. Don’t start panicking Mr Msonda if this guy start bitting on you, we don’t want to hear that he is doing that cause he is a DPP member. If APM has appointed PP member was it going to be ok with you?

    1. Madala says:

      But the position was never advertised my friend. APM made the appointment unilaterally and expects PAC to rubber stamp his decisions. The guy is a DPP loyalist, his appointment is unfair, the bank he was managing is suspected of being involved in Cashgate.It is a cosmetic appointment because the man just looks good on paper when in fact they are setting him up to become a puppet protecting DPP members from ACB probes. Wake up and smell the manure before they tell you it’s food and you eat it.

  28. Victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Let’s wait and see. Otherwise I share Wokhuzidwa’s comments. It’s not about just knowing how much a corrupt person has stolen, it’s more about legally ‘nailing’ the corrupt.

  29. Dickson Makhumba says:

    Bantu, Omex and all malawians, it’s high time we need to understand and remember that MCP and PP contested in 20th elections and failed.
    These two parties invested alot with every hope that they could go to state house but God NEVER wanted that for the best reasons best known to God himself so expecting these Chakwera, JB camps and their sympathisers to praise Mutharika government is is as good as expecting the Islamic State to appreciate the US and UK governments which can not happen.
    Let Kabwila and Nsonda cry they are in big debts after failing to go into government.
    Any malawian of sound mind would not expect a government which has been in operation for 4 months to change things….
    When will malawi stop jealousy politics and start rebuilding our beloved nation?
    We can not develop if every time we pull each other down.
    It’s very unfortunate that Kabwila and his shadow dream president ( Chakwera ) they are DRs but their behavior seems as the people who never went through any school corridors….
    Let this be in your skull that:
    1. We and God through malawians’s vote never wanted you.
    2. Malawians are not ready for political fights but rather to focus on developments.
    3. Mutharika will remain the head of state for your failed parties as well as all malawians up to 2019 so don’t waste your time castigating them but try to help rebuilding this nation if you want to become the future government.

  30. Mbwiye says:

    ACB Director wasopanoyi ayambe kufufuza ma K12,000,000 omwe ma MP anazipasa okha aja kuti sabweza anangopasana ngati MANA ku parliament. Komaso Ku central Region wophunzira kwambiri si Kabwira ayi. Komanso Kabwira ndi Nsonda angolira ndi ma by-elections omwe DPP ya wina with landslide victory. Komanso the first ACB Director was a certified accountant and his name was Gilton Chiwaula from Dedza. Period……………….

  31. mmihavani says:

    So Kabwila you wanted Peter to devolve his powers and ask you to appoint the director? Panya pako ndithu. You should know that the president cannot just devolve his powers like that. There need to be a bill to be passed by parliament. Any director there to be appointed by you or your Chakwera will be challenged in court as unconstitutional. The problem is you guys thought you would win and become ministers mube mubwenze ngongole za campaign. God cant bless you with that anger and hatred. Never.

  32. Akulange says:

    Neither Kabwila nor Msonda has talked sense. Why is the appointment “cosmetic”? Kondowe is yet to be confirmed by PAC and let it reject the appointment osati tizingokhalira zokokana apa!!

    1. Pathetic says:

      PAC yake yiti? It is full of rubber stampers. They stamp everything that comes before them. Malawi is in a sorry state of affairs.

  33. golo says:

    for a good change now. APM has done well. This institution has always been headed by lawyers and nothing worthy talking about came out of these lawyers. APM is a lawyer and knows what he is doing . This job needs people who can understand numbercrunching as well. Kudos APM!!

  34. Jeteli says:

    Mtumbuka akapasidwa udindo amasangalala mpaka kukamwa yasa ndi chala chomwe m’mwamba. Siwa DPP ameneyu.

  35. Imuran says:

    Amalawi simuzatheka mtima wa nsanje unakuchulukirani,Maka iwe Hule Kabwera suyamika umangoziwa how to oppose basi.ndiye munya muona simunati

  36. Mboba says:

    koma nyapapiyo akuziwa kuti aphunzitsi sitinalandi salary ya september ? Komanso za MEC?

  37. Ngwira says:

    Best actions r only done thru Fear Of God.

  38. Bantu says:

    I was celebrating Kondowe’s appointment, then I read from several sources about his sympathies for and inclinations to Mutharika’s party. Fellow Malawians, this is effectively a cease fire in our war against corruption. Going nowhere slowly.

  39. Anonymous says:

    That guy is well educated you know APM he does not just take nosense and i like the way Mr President does things of promoting young blood keep it up Mr President, everywhere when you get a job you have to note that one day you will be booted, finishing is better than starting, so dont cry so much like you are the first people to get fired in this world

    1. Epolo says:

      umbuli umakupwetekani kwambiri… you think other professionals can not hold such positions. we ve had lawyers there… what difference did they make? idiots

  40. onkhudzidwa says:

    How can munthu wa accounts be headed the instution yo nkhundzana ndiza malamulo

    1. mmihavani says:

      ACB is not about malamulo. Its about corruption which involves money. Its about investigating complex financial transactions. The previous lawyer directors failed to tick. Go and read the ACB Act and see who qualifies for the job. It includes accountants, auditors, lawyers, economists etc. Research before you comment otherwise you ll expose ur ignorance.

  41. Omex70 says:

    DPP die-hard to head Ant corruption bureau. I don’t know if Malawi will ever develop. That’s why the president was saying DPP is not involved in the looting because he knew that he will appoint a DPP member who will try his best to sheild fellow DPP members.

  42. Khwemule says:

    Myi kabwila taziyamikirani nthawi zina. Do you want to be somebody for appointing high position holders for APM? Why dont you give thanks to APM for whatevr he does. I am told you did not say thanks for the free lift from John to Lilongwe. What type of a lady are you? Do you manage to run a family at least four including your husband. Mwayeneratu kumangoloza zala tsiku ndi tsiku basi.Yet you are at lest the most educated person from the center. mwana wa kang’wing’wi iwe eti. Shiet. Say thank at times. One can not perform to your satisfaction all the times. Okey

    1. Gongoni says:

      Musadandaule naye mayiyu ndi Hule otha ntchito, pa Botswana amangoyemgedwa ndi aliyense uyu. Kuteroko akufuna atanyengedwa ndi A APM. Mwina amafuna akanasankhidwa iyeyo kapena wa MCP!

  43. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mr Kondowe congrats for being appointed.

    However politically you come and politically you will go. Donot talk about political pressure becuase you been politically assigned to do/ not to do certain cases.

  44. mphevu says:

    The criticism is an empty rhetoric. We should always applaud when there is an appointment based on merit. Kondowe’s credentials are impeccable. His work ethic is beyond many Malawians who are eager to receive without real work. Kondowe worked abroad where there is no excuse for laziness.

  45. chimphaliriwali says:

    IWE USAFANIZIRE SOLDIER, ANALI OSAPHUNZIRA AMENE UJA KABWALI IS A DOCTOR AND SANGAMVE KUWAWA

  46. Ambuje ku lilongwe says:

    Akabwila, zowona monga inu mungatenge munthu yemwe simukumuziwa komanso zolinga zanu sizimodzi mkumulemba ntchito ai.
    Akabwila musiya kulephera kwanu kumayang’ana kwa amzanu. Inu tazingokweredwani comco basi.

  47. Malawiana says:

    The solution here is simple. If this appointee is lacking then its the duty of PAC to reject his appointment other than just lamenting through this forum. The problem I see is that Chakwera wants to play Mr. Nice hence has ordered his people in PAC not to reject anyone as was the case with some of those seemingly lacking appointees to the positions of Ambassadors and High Commissioners who were approved by PAC without hurdles.

  48. Marvericj says:

    why can’t you explain the reason why it is cosmetic, ine palibe chanzeru ndawerengapotu APA!

  49. baba oniwa says:

    Akudziwa ndi chifukwa chake aikapo mbava izakeyo ngati cashgate inayenda ndimaganiza kuti bank yake ndi imene kunali mkuluyi/

  50. VYOTO says:

    SO ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION FROM ONE KEN MSONDA, PETER MUTHALIKA REMOVED THE PRINCIPLED HIGH COURT JUDGE , LEZINE MZIKAMANDA AND OPTED FOR A DPP OPERATIVE AS A NEW ACB DIRECTOR BUT HIDING BEHIND THE FACT THAT HE IS A “FRAUD EXPERT”

  51. chekambewa says:

    Kabwila ukuyenera uzisewera mpila wako bwino kozi if you will be found guilty in something tangible that will be the end of you ask soldier will tell you and what he told malawians from there you will learn more. patience is needed koma ngati mukufuna kuti muwoneke ndinu ntchentche yopupuluma anaiphinza ndi mchimba thats what you are doing cant you analyse the qualifications of that younG man and you are talking nonses instead of praising

    1. yuona says:

      Are you sure you can’t hear Kwabwira loud and clear? Musamuopseze ndikuyamba kumusakira zifukwa maiyu poti ukukuuzani zoona………Tangonyadirani kuti ku Malawi kuno kulinso amayi oyng’ana patali kuposa amuna ngati awa.

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