Mutharika claims credit for anti-graft fight in Malawi

Malawi President Peter Mutharika  on Saturday claimed credit that his government has taken a ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption by living to his promise to adequately funding  the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) with human and financial capacity to do its job without the interference of the Executive arm of Government.

President Mutharika: Zero tolerance stance on corruption

President Mutharika: Zero tolerance stance on corruption

“The idea behind the increased funding is to make sure that the Anti-Corruption Bureau operates without huddles,” said  President Mutharika  in northern city of Mzuzu during the commemoration of World Anti-Corruption Day .

“The increase is also going to assist in sealing the existing loopholes that escalate plundering of the public purse and prevent further occurrence,” said Mutharika.

But recently ACB boss Lucas Kondowe complained that the low funding of MK1.4 billion it received from the national budget is not enough to run investigations in the Cashgate scandal.

The funding is disturbing our effectiveness in the investigations. We needed MK 3.6 Billion and the MK1.4 we got to use in the fiscal year is too little from the investigations we are working on in the Cashgate and others,” said Kondowe.

The Head of State  maintained that there will be no “sacred cows” in the fight against corruption, promising to prosecute all those involved in “Cashgate”, a reference to a huge corruption scandal which hit Malawi during Joyce  Banda’s presidency the country lost about K20 billion and from 2005 under the late Bingu wa Mutharika it is said that K92 billion was plundered.

Malawi corruption has been said to be worsening as the country has been ranked 110th among 175 countries in terms of the Corruption Perceptions in 2014 Global Corruption Barometer released by Transparency International (TI) on December 3 2014.

Mutharika maintained that Malawians need justice delivered and that “no one should blackmail the State by saying this is witch-hunting.”

He also urged the Police, ACB, the Director of Public Prosecutions and other law enforcement agencies to operate “independently but professionally”.

The  cashgate scandal saw millions of dollars worth of public money allegedly stolen by politicians, civil servants and businessmen.

It led to donors cutting aid. Malawi is heavily dependent on aid, which provides 40% of the government’s budget.

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51 thoughts on “Mutharika claims credit for anti-graft fight in Malawi”

  1. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    WHO IS TELIN TRUTH KONDOWE OR APM?

  2. mpimpa says:

    za ziiiii

  3. Elube says:

    Zero tolerance my foot. This government stinks corruption, its disgusting

  4. Mwakhutha nandolo ndi kalongonda, says:

    Mwakhuta nandolo eti?On six months u have been in minority riged office,what have you offered malawians.Go and sleep u old mcthona.

    1. LACKSON LIKAMA says:

      ACB ifikenso mma District Assemblies chifukwa nawonso afatsamo kuba

  5. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Yes Mr President, get rid of corruption. Do not spare anybody. Investigate and conclude all cases, without fear or fever. All regimes: Cases of Muluzi’s ear, Bingu’s era, Joice’s era
    and your era. No selective justice.

  6. chatonda says:

    His government is very slow to deal with cash gate and his own 92 billion cash gate scandle.

  7. Khwethemu says:

    Utter nonsense

  8. ndee says:

    Mr sidwala. Ife timamva kwambiiiiiriiiii

  9. kester Kaphaizi says:

    Stupid president. Tell your wife to refund NAC money.

  10. Jelbin mk says:

    Ndipo kumva mabodza kwa ine zimakhala Ngati munthu akundipaka manyi kumamso zimandinyansa mapeto!!! ,is not stupid Nankhumwa member of the executive? if yes then muntharika is really a liar of the highest order and the most hypocritical leader we have ever had may be he doesn’t follow Malawian stories? Because if he did he was supposed to notice Nankhumwa handing over cctv footage of cashgate to ACB and other crime bursting institutions, was that not inference by the executive arm of government into business which is not theirs?

  11. Sete zanu nonse!JBAPMBM.Palibepo chimene mwachitapo kuposa kutibela.

  12. Sekanawo Phiri says:

    Kkkkkkk. Nigerians have a proverb: “a lizard which fell from the high iroko tree said it would praise itself if no one else did”. You don`t tout your own drum. Kudziimbira m`mangòmbe!!??? The English say it better “good wine needs no bush”. Siyirani ena akuyamikeni osati kudziyamika nokha. You cannot be the accused, judge, witness and jury all at same time! Chadza ndi yani cholowa ndi mwana m`nkhokwe. or is it a way to show that you like being sung praises? Give us a break. When things really improve, the country and the world will know. This is a no brainer

  13. PEFECO says:

    nyapapi iwe apm

  14. kabomba says:

    please JB. Come back and give your sisters a job! please chonde amayi! odi ukooooo! amayi adutseeee!!

  15. lilian says:

    My view is that Matemba the deputy acb director achoke. He was appointed by JB to cover up and He is the one frustrating the fight.we need someone there.even the current strike he is on top of it

  16. Humphrey Murrey says:

    Kikikukiki inenso zimandivuta kumva

  17. MCP Propaganda says:

    Why is ACB not investigating corruption cases involving some misprocurements in our parastatals MR. President?

  18. supuni says:

    Meanwhile he wines and dines with Muluzi while sitting on the K1.7 billion case! Peter, you are a hypocrite of the highest order!

  19. Malawite says:

    ACB should not be selective when investigating corruption cases. Parastatal Bosses are culprits of cashgate in Malawi and since they are politically appointed ACB is not investigating cases related to misprocurement cases in most of the parastatals. With such selectivity, this country can not progress at all.

  20. Nkhombokombo says:

    It is quite brain buffling, someone says they’ve adquately funded the ACB to run its operations smoothly and efficiently and the other side (ACB) says the money is not enough and the support staff are prefering to go on strike, do you expect thorough work here? Cheating will prevail here. Politics with the Bureau should be avoided and no interferance.

  21. Bonzing Master says:

    If not blackmailing the process then why giving the CCtv allerging that it was JB and Lutepo? Yambani ndiya achimwene akufera pamwamba pa Penemlungu kuti tidziwe kuti muli serious ndi transparency

  22. Kadakwiza says:

    How can government fight corruption if the same government is corrupt? Mr. President increase the salaries of civil servants if you want to reduce corruption within your government. A government official can’t accept bribes if he or she is well paid.

  23. real patriot says:

    Pitala u think you think dupe Malawians with ur cheap talk?Ingokhalani chete musatitayisepo nthawi apa.

  24. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    Kodi anthu zimene amayankhula apm mumazifa? Ine palibe chimene ndamvapo chifukwa amayankhula ngati mkamwa mwadzaza mano

    1. Oluza ali m'boma says:

      Iwe ndiwe chisiru

    2. dadaboma says:

      Inenso ndi banja langa sitimamvapo kanthu. Potero yikafika nthawi ya APM kuti alankhule timangotseka TV or radio. Koma tikumva kuti aLhomwe onse amamva bwinobwino.

    3. Observer says:

      Chabwino ndikuthandizeni. Akamayankhula, inu musamatanganikwe ndi kuyan’gana mmne akuthyolera khosi kapena mmene akutulusila lilime kunyambita milomo yawo yomwe. Inu muzingotchela khutu pa speaker.

  25. Chalonimazgola says:

    The same ACB whose staff is on strike???? Or are we talking of a different entity

  26. Proffessor says:

    Patiently waiting for the 92billion audit

  27. Behold I come Quickly says:

    Point of correction, Goodal anati 13% ndi imene imachokera ku ma donars in our national budget osati 40%.

    1. Nganga says:

      Seriously u wud thnk that 13% wud be the amount that boma ikadalira nayo? Wake up man its 40%. I dnt knw if u r a handclapper for the ruling government that u wud b willing to abandon the truth for gvnment lies

  28. lende-lende says:

    Chimunthu nchabodza ichi,Nankhumwa munamutuma kuti apange video ya BJ ndi Lutepo ija? Masiku ano ndi technology anthu akhoza kupanga video yoonetsa ine nditi pamwamba pa Calista koma zili za bodza,ili yongopanga. Munthuyu kuti ndidzidziwa kuti ndi wabodza ndinamuona nkulu wake atamwalila analinamiza dziko kuti Ali bwino-bwino mpaka kumuthyola nthiti iiiiiiiiiiiihhhh musandikumbutse a ngwazi ine ndipo anawazunza a ngwazi athu. Tadzingoledzelani basi ife titokuziwani,dziko la Malawi Iili pa tchuthi palibe chomwe chichitike mu ulamulilo umeneu. Ndipo tili chweeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

  29. John says:

    Usathawe kupita kunja kunamizira holiday ya miyezi 17 kulisiya dziko litayaka moto!

  30. chakwanuleka says:

    Sakudziwa zimene akunena munthuyu. He doesn’t know that he doesn’t know

  31. pamene we are busy pointing fingers at APM,top government officials,Joyce Banda so on so forth….Iwesotu nzanga akudandaula kuti ndalama ku church kwanu,organisation yanu,gulu lanu so on so forth sukuyendetsa bwino!You are also going to face the music!!!!!Check This Out!!!

  32. Disillusion Political Party says:

    Ndalama za NAC zija mwabweza?

  33. PP Propaganda says:

    Nonsense! Jetgater, maizegater, cowgater, bakhagater, cashgater is at larger still swimming in poor Malawians’ money in the USA. All ACB, Police, and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) are not effective at all. They are toothless. They are just being paid for doing nothing. How can they let all these suspects continue withdrawing our money? Why are they not freezing their accounts? Accounts of all suspects were supposed to be freezed until they are cleared by the courts. I was shocked to read in the papers that Manondo has been cashing out our money yet everybody knows he is one of the cashgate suspects. What a fucken country is this? Musandikwiyise ai. Mr. President sir, are you really satisfied with how ACB, DPP, and the police are handling cashgate cases in Malawi? If yes, but let me tell you that Malawians are not. Malawians are not happy to see miss gates is squandering their money in the USA, Malawians are not happy to see cashgate suspects e.g. Rafael Kasambara, Lutepo, Manondos, Mphwiyos, etc, walking freely in the streets of Malawi. Do not force Malawians to take the law into their hands please. Tsiku lina sazawona yemwe wawagenda.

    1. Chalonimazgola says:

      Innocent till proven guilty my friend and its frozen not freezed

  34. malago Malango says:

    Congratulation Mr President. But who gave you the credit?

  35. Phil Domue Chilipanonchaine says:

    President of Ahlomwe not Malawians. Kagwere uko Mr Ibu.

    1. Oluza ali m'boma says:

      Iwe ndiye imati m’busa wako wafeki ija matiki chakwera angakhale president, mwina kudambwe konko kwa nyau zinzake

  36. jkkkk says:

    I thought Lucas was saying the ACB hasn’t received all its funding and it’s lacking funds to adequately fight corruption

  37. Precious says:

    WABODZA PRESIDENT UYU

  38. Kaya says:

    Mr president sir if u speech is true I like that. They must started from 2005-2013. Because 92 billions eeeeeeee uyisova petrol.

  39. Zotoro says:

    This w a standard message we have heard when commemorating this day. Meanwhile a big sacred cow continues to walk free and even dines and wines at state House. Tell us something else please

  40. WENIWENI says:

    Muthalika should walk the talk. You are saying no interference but Nankhumwa is interfering with ACB. Whats that.

  41. Germans has just donated 9 billion mk for forinsic auditing from 2005-2013,so dont pre-audit the querry since youre echoing JBs version of defence when she was zeroed in by cashgate mission gone sour epitomy.

  42. My My oh my says:

    NACGATE, JOURNALGATE,HOUSINGGATE, CHIKANGAWAGATE, ETC.
    ACB ON STRIKE, Nankhumwa cctv gate lost for words. Who is fooling who?

  43. kwa phelewera kwathu says:

    Bodza lamkunkhuniza.

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