Lilongwe North East MP Maxwell Thyolera (MCP) has accused the ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) government of being selective in tackling corruption, saying the regime is mafia led.
Thyolera made the remarks in parliament that DPP government” just employ lip service” and no tangible action is being done to tackle corruption.
“We heard that we had a plunder in Ethiopia whereby funds were embezzled at the embassy. We have just learnt that one of the members of staff there, Mr Kachiza, has died mysteriously,” Thyolera said.
He said the death of Kachiza is “very unfortunate” and claimed it has happened “for a purpose.”
Said Thyolera: “This DPP-led government is mafia-led. They want to conceal evidence because they do not want to fight corruption because they are all corrupt. “
But Leader of the House, George Chaponda accused Thyolera of peddling “fictitious allegation”.
Said Chaponda: “I think it is totally out of order. It is uncalled for; it is time that you should be respecting this House.”
First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje asked him lawmakers not to be “careless” when making “allegations” in the House.
“We should be ready to bring evidence. When you are asked to bring evidence, do not react because it is what our own standing order stipulates,” said Chilenje.
The First Deputy Speaker cited the Standing Order 102 which says: “A Member is responsible for the accuracy of any facts which he or she alleges to be true.”
It also stated that provided that where a member has been challenged on the accuracy of any facts, the Speaker shall order the MP making allegations to provide “supporting evidence “of the alleged facts within a specified period during the meeting of the Assembly.
An investigative audit into the plunder of resources at Malawi Embassy in Ethiopia revealed that K293 million was siphoned out of the public purse and deposited into personal accounts.
Theft of public resources at the mission was detected April 2016 after former secretary for administration and finance, Fletcher Chowe, wrote a cheque in his name.
The cheque was signed by Malawi’s deputy ambassador to Ethiopia Doreen Kapanga.
Police arrested Kapanga and Chowe last week. They are both on bail.
The fraud has all the characteristics of the infamous Cashgate, which saw government losing K24 billion.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :