A politician and an academician have said theft of public money at Capital Hill, the seat of government in Lilongwe, will continue in different forms of ‘cashgate’ unless Malawians rise up and make protests to send a strong message to the government to take stern action against the culprits.
George Nnesa of Mafunde party said the problem is that Malawians have taken an attitude of ‘we don’t care’ because it is government money.
“Malawians seem not to care much because they think this is the government money. They forget this is their own money; this is tax payers’ money. They need to wake up and make demonstrations to show they are not happy with what is happening with their money at Capital Hill,” said Nnesa.
He said the government seems not to care as well because the former president Bingu wa Mutharika is connected to K92 billion theft of the public money while the Democratic Progressive Party –led government is alleged to be part that swindled K577 billion.
His comment come barely weeks after K2.5 billion meant to fight HIV and AIDS was stolen at the Ministry of Health.
The ministry of Agriculture has also lost huge sums of money to thieving civil servants.
“We can go on the streets to force government as we did in 2011,” said Nnesa of Capital Radio’s Daybreak Malawi program.
“We knew the weakness of DPP and we voted them back in power. Don’t expect anything to change with the tainted hands,” Nnesa added.
He also called for reforming the judiciary to speed up the wheels of justice.
Chancellor College professor Wiseman Chijere Chirwa said it was sad that Malawians have now taken as normal the stealing of public money.
He said the problem is that culprits do not get stiff punishment to deter others from stealing.
Wiseman Chijere said Malawi needs political revolutions to usher in “new faces” to serve the nation.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :