Mutharika justifies appointment of financial expert to be anti-corruption czar

President Peter Mutharika is convinced that Lucas Kondowe, a man he has appointed director of the Anti Corruption Bureau-ACB has the acumen and technical expertise to bring immediate results on cash gate related matters.

The President appointed accountant Kondowe as Director General of ACB on Wednesday, 8th October, 2014, making him the first ACB boss who is not a lawyer. Kondowe is yet to be approved by the Public Appointments Committee-PAC of Parliament.

Kondowe:Awaits Parliament's approval

Kondowe:Awaits Parliament’s approval

Kondowe, a qualified chartered certified accountant (FCCA) was General Manager -Finance, Planning and Strategy at First Merchant Bank and is also a certified public accountant (CPA).

And speaking to members of the media after meeting opposition leaders whom he contested against during the May 20 polls at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Thursday, President Mutharika described Kondowe as an ideal candidate for the ACB’s top most job.

“The cash gate is very complicated because it involves very complicated transactions.”

“I thus found Mr Kondowe who is a certified accountant, fraud examiner and financial forensics specialist to be the best person to lead ACB. Am very sure he will be able to trace these cash gate transactions and very son you will see some progress, ” the president explained.

Issues surrounding cash gate were also part of the discussion between President Mutharika and the other presidential candidates on Thursday.

Peoples Transformation Party-PETRA leader, Kamuzu Chibambo said opposition leaders urged the president to ensure that all culprits are brought to book.

” We told the president that it was important for people to know what happened and who did what on the cash gate. Some are taking court cases as persecution, but we said no, the law must take its course,” Chibambo said.

Over K20 billion is reported to have been plundered at Capital Hill, the theft which has made some donors  withdraw their direct budgetary support.

Many people have been arrested in connection with the plunder but only former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Theresa Namathanga Senzani has been convicted and sentenced.

Senzani was convicted in August after pleading guilty to charges of theft and money laundering amounting to K63 million. High Court Judge in Lilongwe, Ivy Kamanga sentenced her to three years imprisonment with hard labour.

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30 thoughts on “Mutharika justifies appointment of financial expert to be anti-corruption czar”

  1. voter says:

    Right choise lawyers have let us down for so long

  2. Nafe says:

    Coooooool

  3. Busingwa says:

    Thank you

  4. Namilanzi says:

    Justification yanu taimva a President

    Komabe tikhala tikuyembekezera kuti mugwire mbava zonse za Cashgate ndikuonetsetsa kuti abweza zonse zomwe anabazo

  5. Druza says:

    Alright Bwana

    But ours are eyes and ears

    We wil keenly follow what you have siad

  6. Lucas says:

    Right choice!

  7. Chikondi says:

    Justification accepted

  8. Sammy Phiri says:

    Modi

    Tamva

  9. Horris says:

    Cheers bwana APM

  10. Nomsa says:

    Thanks for your trust in him and idea to assure us why you chose him.

    Malawi needs hardworking officers to get to the bottom of cashgate. Therefore if this man is indeed the right one we want to see progress soon.

    Thanks for telling us why him in the first place

  11. Soda says:

    Alright hope the Committee will approve him quickly

  12. Wekha says:

    Right thought right choice Mr. President

  13. Mzatonse says:

    Good

  14. Truth says:

    Lucks uli boo. Do your job. A Map akulirabe za Mzikamanda. He was on but things change in got. No issue here. Stop glorifying lawyers please. They are no better.

  15. Owez on justfying appointments,,,,,,,y nat justfy,,,,,,,,rigging speculatrionz pa 20 paja

  16. Chule says:

    He is not the 1st one to be not a lawyer Gilton Chiwaula was the first

  17. JIM CHAOLA says:

    from wat u have just explained it sounds reasoning hope it is going to work we are still waiting Bigman. God help MALAWI

  18. akuka says:

    Shaaaaa

  19. Fathi Shehab says:

    Abale please dont forget some of these culprits on cashgate kept their lot at Fmb securities…. ndiye snifer lucas Kindowe abali kuto fungo lili guuuuuu! Dabwani kidi account ija akuti the b.i.n.e..th chinsinsi sili komweko,..
    Pac you hav !a jib do it right koma all that gliters is not Gold……shshdhhhh!dziko ilo…..!

  20. freedom says:

    We are tired of talking about cashgate issues and the longer it is dragging the more suffering it is bringing to the nation.please people try to be serious about this nation.we need to move forward with all our dona partners,experience reminds us zero budget can not deliver.the budget has passed through and lets have these cases day and nite courts.yes convicted people should refund what they stole and save the jail time. Lucas try not to mix friends and business as most of the suspected cashgate mongers they might be people that you know personally,this is national duty and trusted in you.yes you have the quality of leadership and management.yes one day you will govern this nation.second time am telling you this..you are serious and dedicated young man.Apm knows how to get people who can make a difference in their work and truthfully you are one of them.good luck in all your endeavor.

  21. ndangodutsamo says:

    Osalimbana ndi kufotokozera ma comment enawa, enawa ndi ntchito/ganyu ndithu, they are paid for such negative comments, tikukuonani, tikuyalutsani tsopano. just wait.

  22. The Truthful One from the West says:

    MaiMai it is you who is mistaken. Mr Gilton Chiwaula was the first Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau. For your further information Mr Chiwaula is also a qualified accountant just as Mr Kondowe is. I am sure Peter Mutharika did not know this fact- that a qualified accountant headed ACB before Mr Kondowe. Peter Mutharika should therefore not overblow Mr Kondowe’s appointment. I do not think he has any special understanding of the Corruption problem in Malawi. ACB’s major and serious obstacle is lack of political will. I have no doubt Mr Kondowe will not be allowed to investigate the K92billion scam between 2005 and 2012 during Bingu wa Mutharika’s rule. Mr Perks Ligoya, former Governor of RBM reported the scam to Bingu wa Mutharika but no action was taken. Peter Mutharika’s emphasis on the K13billion scam is meant to divert attention from the K92billion scam. In fact Peter Mutharika knows the K13billion has already been investigated by Baker Tilley but he is still hoping to find something to pin on Joyce Banda. It is Peter Mutharika’s wish to finish Joyce Banda who defied his brother but had also arrested him.

  23. tamathokozanani choncho in a disguise of whatever reasons you tend to craft, Allah is watching.

  24. kelvin evans says:

    Gilton chiwaula was the first director of the anti corruption burea. Prior to that appointment he Wass the auditor genaral

  25. KUKHALA says:

    LUCAS SHOW THEM THAT YOU CAN DELIVER WITHOUT FEAR NOR FEVOUR. MY SUGGESTION OR ADVICE IS THAT DURING YOUR TIME OF OFFICE AT ACB ENSURE THAT CASHGATE SCOPE OF WORK SHOULD NOT ONLY COVER JB’S PERIOD OF OFFICE BUT COVER AND EXTEND TO OTHER PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS. SHOULD YOU APPROACH YOUR ASSIGNMENTS AS SUGGESTED THEN YOU SHALL BE A MALAWIAN HERO AT ACB OFFICE.

  26. meshogate says:

    APM who are you cheating? Lucus Kondowe and his friend Hiwa both of FMB funded your campaign when you were broke. They took huge loans gambling on you winning the elections. In return they were promised positions. Hiwa is next. Don’t tell us bullshit about his qualifications. This is Thank you.

  27. PM says:

    Mr Kondowe is not the first non-lawyer Director. The first Director was an Auditor. Mr Gilton Chiwaula. Thank you

    1. MaiMai says:

      Comment 1 (PM )Ambuye Gilton has never been ACB boss consult your memory boss…you seem to be dreaming.

      1. Amangochokocho says:

        MaiMai, who was the first ACB boss then?

      2. Bantu says:

        You [Maimai] simply have to google. There are so many document to show that PM is right.

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