Mutharika says has right to sue: Denies corruption allegations in CMST procurement process

President Peter Mutharika has denied allegations that he interfered with the procurement process at the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) involving K1.4 billion and has since warned to drag to court his detractors.

President Peter Mutharika : I can sue

President Peter Mutharika : I can sue

Mutharika, through his personal aide Ben Phiri, is alleged to have influenced CMST to award a K1.4 billion tender to Malawi Pharmacies.

It is alleged that Central Medical Trust held a meeting and decided to award the Billion-worth tender to Malawi Pharmacies under the guise of the ‘Buy Malawian Campaign’. Malawi Pharmacies were a single bidder, contrary to provisions of the Public Procurement Act.

The deal which was finalised in March almost fell off because the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) had refused to have it sanctioned as it was deemed illegal, according to Mutharika’s fierce critic Allan Ntata.

“In May 2015, in order to avoid being found to have done a corrupt deal, Central Medical trust then wrote to the ODPP to try and have the deal sanctioned. The ODPP refused to sanction the procurement and instructed the Central Medical Stores to revoke the award of the tender for being illegal.

“It was at this point that serious exchange of words emanated between ODPP, state house and the medical Stores, which resulted in the capitulation of the ODPP after [Ben Phiri] threatened the Director of Public Procurement that he would be fired,” claimed Ntata.

Recenty, Phiri resigned from his post of Special Adviser and Assistant to the President, after a series of corruption allegations against him, mainly originating from Ntata.

But State House Press Secretary, Gerald Viola said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times Monday that such allegations, being propagated by some disgruntled individuals, are aimed at denting the image and integrity of President Mutharika.

He therefore said Mutharika, just like any other person, has got a right to seek court redress where he feels to have been infringed upon.

“As  a warning to these individuals, His Excellency the State President like any other Malawian citizen has got a right to seek court redress from the courts of law from any person seen to have libeled him personally hence his action to sue Mr Z Allan Ntata in the alleged K92 billion case,” reads the statement in part.

Viola further said Mutharika cannot influence any procurement process in any public institution, let alone CMST.

“While it has not been the wish of the President to be commenting on baseless allegations, it is important to set the record straight as the allegations being peddled have the potential to undermine the integrity of the Presidency.

“In view of this, the State House wishes to set the record straight as follows: that the President either directly or through anybody has never dealt with the alleged Malawi Pharmacies:

“The President either directly or through anybody does not and cannot be involved ,interfere, or influence any procurement process in any public institution, let alone the Central Medical Stores Trust.”

State House said Mutharika will not be drawn into commenting on every allegation that his critics will advance.–Additional reporting by Green Muheya, Nyasa Times

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19 thoughts on “Mutharika says has right to sue: Denies corruption allegations in CMST procurement process”

  1. Kapolo Sakwiya says:

    Ntata ngati ukufuna kulimbana ndi APM then yamba Kachipani kako basi or biiii utsutsa mpaka 2024? Ulimba koma? kkkkkkk

  2. allan ntata says:

    Akukulu akulu, don’t waste time writing about this fool Allan Ntata. he wants money

  3. Maximum Prison says:

    You are fighting The President yet we have thieves in our midst! Check with The District Officer for Bwaila Hospital, he sold the whole truck load of bicycles meant for the HSA and he has built an up stairs in area 6! The Administration Director – Mr Chiona is building two mansions in area 49 Shire using government money while the Bwaila hospital has no medicine or anything to be used in the labour ward! Why are you busy looking at the big tree while the small trees are busy siphoning money

  4. Richard Banda says:

    APM umakwana,. The professor of law.

  5. mwafulirwa says:

    APM was elected by malawians. If at all anyone has issues about that wait for 2019 basi period. Mwayamba kale kunjenjemera.

  6. Mabulabo says:

    Bravo APM suing these agents of devil is the way to go. Dont spare them.

  7. Patriot says:

    It’s a pity that khuyu zodya ana zimapweteketsa akulu. This is true story with full evidence mufunse kuno ku ODPP but don’t believe the president is involved mukungo alakwila watch this space

  8. apulezident akusowazichita, mmalo molimbana ndi chitukuko akulimbana ndizaziii kuchitakuonekeratu Kuti alibe nzeru, popeza masatifiketi awo ndi achikale, mwina mutuwawo unachita zimbiri

  9. syamboza says:

    mutharikaa ulibe nzeru iwe

  10. Palikanthu says:

    Hear hear

  11. mwahana says:

    A lot of wrong things are happening/taking place around you Mr. President and each time Fingers are pointing at you!!!! You may not be involved but people surrounding you are involved in shady deals using your name as shield!!!!! Check your inner circle that is tarnishing your name. It is not people like Ntata you are suing, but snakes within who are tanking advantage of your Sloppy approach to issues!!!!!!

  12. CONGO MAFIA says:

    “Mutharika cannot influence any procurement process in any public institution, let alone CMCT.” Who do you want to fool? Didn’t Gondwe said the president had a final say in the sale of MSB even though the parliament instructed to halt the sale till further notice. Muisova imeneyo.

  13. Mhesha says:

    Who lied to you that a president is not a human being and therefore has no feelings and rights to be protected too. Whosoever cooks up a story against anyone including the president or any politician must be prepared to defend his creation. This is very stupid in Malawi where pipo feel can wake up in the morning fabricate a story against somebody and go scotfree.

  14. Steve Kamkwalala says:

    The president should not sue people who are saying the truth. The president should instead sue people who fabricate stories and peddle lies just to tarnish his image and that of his government. Let us all criticise the president and his government based on the actual wrongs not mere fabrications. That is not helpful to anyone. If you know you have the truth say it loudly. If you know you have nothing to say, don’t fabricate stories. Its as simple as that.

  15. Wilhelm says:

    No doubt the president has the right to sue whoever he wants.

    However, being the supposed democratically elected leader of our country, he has the whole power and machinery of government at his disposal.

    That should be more than enough power to govern the country as he was elected to do.

    For the president to file a case against someone in court, as if he is just another ordinary citizen – that does not sit well with the extraordinary powers he is granted as leader of this country.

    These allegations may be baseless – let people talk. If the president is innocent, he has nothing to worry about. The true culprits will be convicted in due course.

    It may affect your reputation if people are spreading rumours – it will hurt your reputation even more if you are seen as trying to stifle the press.

    Please let democracy and the actual corruption cases take their course. No use suing Mr. President.

  16. Insider says:

    Peter Mutharika is a thief, as simple as that! How does he account for the millions of dollars he declared to possess when the money cannot be explained by his salary and other emoluments? He is also a money launderer! He shouldn’t pretend to be a saint. I gave up on Malawi the moment Mutharika lied between his teeth trying to correct his ‘actual’ wealth. Mutharika has sin and is sinning by continuing to claim he legitimately acquired his wealth. He therefore cannot fight and lead the fight against corruption!

  17. Kenkkk says:

    We can’t wait for our president to testify and being cross examined in court. Let the truth come out.

  18. captain says:

    Peter iwe $8.2 million and $.2million or $2million , which one is correct figure of ur money? Waonansotu kuti ukumatipusitsa? Hahahaha

  19. Sekulu says:

    For sure, President Mutharika has a right just like any other Malawian, to seek redress on the injury of his integrity. But I believe Mr. President gets his right lastly after all of us have enjoyed ours.

    If therefore he (President Mutharika) cannot tell us the truth, as he failed present himself before Parliament to divulge more on the MSB sale and the MK557b cashgate report, let him not block those who are ready to do Malawians a good service.

    Emulate former President Muluzi, he was ridiculed left and right and he rarely sought the solace of the courts. Was it sheer ignorance or Ubuntu. I hope it was the later.

    Please Mr. President, prove to us your being in the alleged most democratic country in the world, had made you quite civilized. Did you really ever realize the demands and expectations of the office of the President when you were vying for that office?

    We expect more from you but nothing of those mirage illusions.

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