MP Mkandawire attacks deputy speakers on illegal allowances

Outspoken Mzimba West MP Harry Mkandawire systematically hijacked debate on the State of the Nation Address to demand an explanation on reports that the First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka-Chilenje and Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya allegedly fleeced government huge sums of money in dubious house allowance claims.

Deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje

Deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje

The unsuspecting second deputy speaker Chiwaya gave a chance to Mkandawire to contribute to the President Peter Mutharika speech only to be surprised that Mkandawire demanded answers from Chiwaya on the allowances.

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya on Monday ruled that the legislators could not debate on the allowance issue but parliament has referred it to relevant government departments.

The two deputy speakers Esther Mcheka Chilenje and Chiwaya himself are accused of pocketing up to K500 000 a month in dubious house allowances.

But Mkandawire demanded to know which government departments were handling the matter.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has confirmed that the matter is under investigation.

Edge Kanyongolo, an associate professor of law at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, told a local press that parliament should endeavour to recover what the two deputy speakers “unjustly got from taxpayers”.

Said Kanyongolo: “Anything short of that [recovery] will be setting a bad precedent for future occupants of the offices.”

A letter dated October 9 2015 from acting Clerk of Parliament Reynard Mapemba to the two deputy speakers said the commission had resolved that effective September 2015 they will be paid a monthly housing allowance of K250 000 each.

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29 thoughts on “MP Mkandawire attacks deputy speakers on illegal allowances”

  1. Mbwindi says:

    What is ACB doing.Even if they pay back money, they should face justice.Remember Mwawa case,Timpuza saga,Late Tumalisye scenario etc.

  2. sammy says:

    This woman from her own mouth she said she is untouchable and not anybody can just wake up kwawoko n kukampatsila suspend.nde munthu oopseza choncho anga open ndani.azingonyenga Tiana to. Achina Ben mantha mulibe .mu siine Goodall nkhalambai

  3. Charombanthu says:

    What is ACB waiting for here? This is an open-and-shut case which can be concluded withing minutes. Malawi will never develop with this type of thinking. These two deputies are thieves are they need to be treated as such, period.

  4. Kavuluvulu says:

    These two Deputy Speakers should be suspended immedeately. Koma if tikuwasekelerea.

  5. Stampycious says:

    No one is perfect in Malawi government, even the ACB, Police, CSO’s, Human rights defenders etc they are all thieves. Tiyeni tizingoyang’ana nanga sizonse zikumachokera kwa a President ndiye mumati ma junior asasuse akawona kuti pali nsuzi wanyama????

  6. Sapitwa says:

    You see folks, Democracy should not be the reason to plunder Government coffers. When Kamuzu was President, there was nothing as silly as all this. From what has happened so far thus blowing these billions all these people mentioned would have lost their jobs. At least we expected suspensions to those Leaders that break the laws and those that blow billions without using common sense. Common sense for a Leader could mean averting all these expenses at the time when economy is not right. Thus averting salary increases, buying expensive cars, spending much on rentals thus hiring cars etc. in a situation like which Malawi is in, the focus could have been cutting costs very aggressively. There could have been strategic meetings to put in policies that would be followed at the time when the country needs to focus only on its priorities:’
    Education Budget
    Health Budget
    Agriculture Budget
    Salaries without unnecessary perks
    Thus Leadership that I know of.
    You see folks, Leadership requires a sense of hum our that even if you could be right to have followed the processes, a Leader thinks beyond for the good of his organization. I don’t see this from the executive though they averted a salary increase, they could have done more. I don’t see this Leadership from Chakwera camp either. Our Leaders are not yet born, help us God!

  7. Mbuya says:

    This is parliamentgate kuba basi wat next ACB?

  8. Daniel Phiri says:

    Where is the attack? Demanding answers on alleged theft of public resources is an attack? This country is full of mediocre citizens and it deserves to be one of the poorest in the universe. Wina ndi uyu #1 Mlongosi who chooses to play the tribal card instead of debating the issue. In a civilised country these speakers would have been suspended pending investigation. A televised interrogation would have taken place for tax payers to hear for themselves.

  9. darth maul says:

    after 2 months, the very meek, weak-minded, silly and complacent malawian taxpayer will forget this robbery ever happened. mayiko a anzanthu oganiza amayika munthu otoma pa suspension ma investigation akamachitika kuti munthuyo asapinde ma file, but alas in this country of dead men walking, atomi ali phwii m’mipando yopanga malamulo a dziko. ena ndiye a lawyer aja okuti ali ndi milandu yovuta heavy yet akuloledwa kukhala legal counsel wa zigananga zina. one week ali pa mlandu, next week ali ku chipatala, week after that akupanga defend munthu wina.

    i’m fucking fed up with this nonsense. asilamu akanapanga kale ‘day of rage.’ one day ndidzautuluka ukatolika wangawu, ukundipusitsa ndipo sukundithandiza chili chonse. ndimangodziwa kugwada basi. where do you apply to be a moslem?

  10. cashgate1 says:

    Unfortunately we tolerate nonsense, even if we know that the intention was evil.

  11. vitumbiko mwakipuyi says:

    Amai mcheka mulibwanji?

  12. Attention Seeker says:

    And the Deputy Speakers should have resigned as a matter of principle .In mature democracies they should not even be MP’s but in this country all politicians are morally bankrupt and that’s why the two can shamelessly continue to hang on to their positions.

  13. master says:

    r u supporting the theft by those politicians?? deputy speakers?? where does tribal issues arise here from what mkandawire is asking? did he in any way insult the speakers on tribal fronts? or he was simply asking how tax payers money was spent? please get civilised, there is more to life than tribal insults here, life is more than tribal hate

  14. mjiba says:

    A kakhala anthu opanda udindo ndiye kuwamanga where is ACB? Police? Civil Society leaders where are you? this shows the extent of rotteness in Malawi today

  15. kudya says:

    ACB yambanipo osayang’ana nkhope ya munthu.Anthu akufa coz of lack of medicine in hospitals koma mukungowayang’ana akubawa coz they hav got hi rank in government.MALAWI SADZATHEKA BELIEVE ME.

  16. SONG says:

    Deal with them Harry.

  17. ambuje says:

    Mayi oipa uyu ndalama akuba izo kulipila anthu azi panga chipongwe anzawo.these two have to refund answer charges of theft by public servant. Ati she is untouchable ana lowa opanda opioid ana naye.basop .Mr president do something ndalama zimenezo bwenzi mutapeleka ku kamuzu central ma laboratory azigwila ntchito koma Mungo yanga Nila.

  18. Mc Dennis says:

    Aliyense Akukhuzidwa Ndi Kuba. Ndiye Tikhulupirira Ndani. Malawi On Fire. God Have Mercy

  19. muona says:

    This woman kubako nkosayamba kwathukuno posachedwapa waba ndalama zokumbira mijigo mu constituency almost 16million.Koma God is watching from a distance time is cming usova pompano mamunako ndi uyo ntchito yatha watsala ndi iwe.

  20. Felix mpex says:

    You pip munavekedwa mzimu otani? evrywhere shld be a# 1

  21. Ma says:

    Its not about Atumbuka or Achewa if these two are thieves let them be fired and repay the stollen cash as Edge is saying nothing less.

    We can’t have thieves as house speakers no way then we have no morals! Let them go and go noe now. Mukamaba muziti Atumbuka akudana nanu!

  22. Mzee says:

    Imeneyi ndinkhani yoti tidzikambirana.

  23. D.D. Phiri says:

    thanks mr mkandawire, a chakwera learn from this man

  24. musisipala says:

    The money should be paid back by any means

  25. Mnngulu says:

    Civilized and progressive and law abiding countries do not tolerate officials to stand in the way of being investigated – they resign or take forced leave. These are honourable MPS but they cannot be honest to themselves by resigning or taking leave to allow independent investigations. Shame on you, executive, parliament, judiciary no exception.

  26. LOMWE says:

    Atumbuka ndi deal ndi anthu ozindikira,ophunzira,odziwa kusata maleredwe,ofatsa,odekha,achilungamo,wosasatira kuphunzira kwa banja limodzi popeza iwo ndiwophunzira,kotero tikachulukana muma office enanu muzingoti ndife WODZIKONDA popeza makolo ako akathawa mu class

  27. chatonda says:

    Mcheka Chilenje is always a problem right from Nsanje where everyone is nothing to her and her mother. She is from a very difficult family and very pompous . What happened is theft by public servant in law ans this is a serious case deserving suspension first and then trial in a court of law. The two should be suspended and then fired if found guilty by the court of law.

    No two about about it.

  28. mlongosi says:

    Atumbuka mwayambapo eti. So many Tumbukas with similar names. Why? Ngw’engw’e ndiye chiyani apa. Agaru inu( Sorry he died)

    1. Winford Saka says:

      Nkhani Si Ya Atumbuka Nkhani Ndi Yama Allawance Mwina Mwagawana Ndalamazo.

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