Mutharika’s cash handouts, more lavish ‘Mapwevupwevu’ irks Malawi MPs

Members of Parliament from the opposition block were furious with reports that President Peter Mutharika gave cash handouts of K500, 000 to MPs who attended a lavish cocktail party he hosted at Kamuzu Palace.

Peter Mutharika: Dinner leader

Head of ‘Mapwevupwevu’: Peter Mutharika

There were several interjections and jeers before parliament adjourned sine die on Friday as MPs expressed anger with wastefulness of public resource defeating the austerity spirit.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MP for Blantyre City South East), Victor White Mbewe’s attempted to downplay the cash handouts of Mutharika but was ruled out by First Deputy Speaker Ester Mcheka-Chilenje.

“Madam First Deputy Speaker, I would like to bring to your attention that this morning there was a very serious allegation on Capital FM Radio that all Members including the Speakers received K500, 000 from the State President. It was on the radio, on the internet,” Mbewe said.

“This is a very serious allegation to the point of implicating the State President is a serious matter. It has to be looked at seriously,” he said as some backbenchers were overheard saying shouting that indeed there were bribe money for the MPs.

The First Deputy Speaker said the House could not debate “matters that are a rumour.”

But things worsened when Deputy Speaker Mcheka-Chilenje announced that Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe had organised a dinner for all chairpersons, their deputies and Spokespersons on financial matters from political parties represented in Parliament scheduled for 6pm at the Sunbird Capital Hotel.

Some MPs shouted labelling Mutharika administration as “Government of Mapwevupwevu” (Government of parties)

Other lawmakers were throwing insinuating chants at Gondwe and President Peter Mutharika describing them as “thieves.”

Chilenje explained that t he purpose of the dinner was to prepare for the high-level forum on development effectiveness which will take place on 8th July, 2015.

Earlier, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila, who is also MP for Salima North west, also touched on the lavish parties by the Executive during question time.

“I was asking what our master plans in electrifying educational institutions are. I do understand that when people have been banqueting instead of understanding problems of Malawians you can behave this way. Some of us are here to work,” she said.

Kabwila’s remarks attracted reaction from Allan Ngumuya the DPP Member of Parliament for Blantyre City South who asked: “Is it in order to say that we were banqueting when it was a genuine invitation. It was a cocktail and not a banquet and then I would like also to know if it is important.”

MPs shouted that teachers are starving with delayed salary pay while the ruling party and the President were busy on boozing on hard earned tax payers’ money.

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41 thoughts on “Mutharika’s cash handouts, more lavish ‘Mapwevupwevu’ irks Malawi MPs”

  1. DOBO says:

    Ife anthu akumwera tilibe nazo ntchito za ukavu wanthuwu bola wanthu wa kumwera kuno akulamulira.Ngakhale a Chewa ndi ambiri koma ndi atulo.

  2. mkulu zikaonekas says:

    A demoni akhazikika

  3. Madengu says:

    Why parties who are we frying to fool? They say you can fool some people some time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

  4. Denguzman says:

    Nanga apa akuvitika ndani? Nanga inu munapatsa voti APM,makamaka aziphunzitsi aku Southern region ndinu amene munkawanamiza ana a xool kuti akavotere APM, panopa simunati chaka china mudya manyi ang’ombe.

  5. disgruntled civil servant says:

    Ma dollars anasiya mchimwene wake Daniel Phiri.Its time to spoil himself and dangle them to some hard up handclappers.This was a guy who came with nothing from the states and now he has hit a jackpot in a poor country like Malawi where people are struggling to have a decent meal on a table on everyday basis.Amalawi tili pamavuto.Kungomva kuti professor kuti njenjenje.Tidya makaka chaka chino sitinati.Look at him.He is looking like a jockey of betting horses in a white jacket and a bow tie.Kankhope kachita kusalala pamene amalawi akunamizidwa ndi zero deficit budget.

  6. danivela wa danivello says:

    Anthu aku South you voted for this clown of a professor and you keep complaining.Ndizimene mumafuna ndi tribalism yanuyo.He is splashing his brother loot.Simunati kulira ndi kugona kwanuko.

  7. Bwengu says:

    My salary K80,000 and taxable not yet paid, wina akupatsidwa K500,000 tax free ndisana landire! Koma apa DPP ikutionjeza, anzanga mwasiya ntchito mu zipatala simukulakwa ndizimene akufuna a DPP. We will help the sick tikalandira coz tingakagwere ma patient ndi njala mmalo mothandiza. Let those akupatsidwa ndalama adzigwira ma patient, wanjala saona patali!

  8. Kenkkk says:

    I just don’t understand why apm keeps on giving out bribes money to people, now half million kwacha to each mp who attended. Why Peter my president? As a lawyer you should clearly know that bribes are crimes against the law. It doesn’t matter whether it is your own money or govt money that you are throwing around to bribes, it is still a crime. For using govt money it is even worse because you are wasting tax payers money and there are more deserving projects that could have benefitted Malawians from that wasted money.

    Also why do you apm keep so much cash at your house or state house? It is very strange.

  9. chatonda says:

    DPP achenjera pogona koma tidzaona amene adzachenjre podzuka 2019. They are creating another …arrest for themselves. God knows MSB gone and 92 billion report shadowed. we will see the clever one and he will shine.

  10. chatonda says:

    But why parties and banquents in the mid of all this situation that have left many people dead with nurses refusing to work for non payment of their locum allowances. silly leaders will cry during the final days

  11. Khamani!! says:

    God has no time for you cowards! You want something done , do it your self. How can you let people pee all over you like this ? Mmxxii!

  12. mangochi kabwafu says:

    God Almighty, when are you going to give us a Leader in Malawi? Hear our cries oh Lord.

  13. Tione says:

    Dziko lapita kwa agalu ndi nkhumba ili. I wish God could come and find them banqueting as Malawians are starving with civil servants no pay up to now. Shupit zanu!

  14. wamasomphenya says:

    #9 ziduka ntengoundigwere ndi iwe cheyo Opusa a dpp tamadzimverani chisoni kudzikoku anthu Ali mmavutoo nzipatala ndi mwina monde ndipo palibe pulezidenti woopanda nzeru olo dzimphuno dzake dzitakula chantundu wanji amene angamakapange mphwando anthu akuzunzika.. zikupezanitu nkhanizi simuchita manyazi kukalila movers komanso nkumangowabera anthu koma mulungu siwosewera naye munfunse muthalikayo zomwe anamchita Ambuye mudzawafuna amalawi mukuwayesa opusawo Jersey simzimayi wamba ndimximayi wozindikila ndipo zomwe amanena zanzeru zokhazokha ndipo onse amadana nazo ndinu a dpp Opusa ndi tima kadokotala opanda nzeru ngati Fabiano ndi kumpalume very dull dpp Dr z

  15. LORENI says:

    Am a civil servant full of anger. How can I starve while Ibu is busy plandering money on useless parties? Mr. Ibu please behave like a human being. Lucky Dube sang a song ” What kind of person are you who doesnt care when someone is suffering?. God is always there and is watching you.

  16. Ungwelu says:

    God forgive us for putting DPP back into power .

  17. Mashamase says:

    Vyalema kupulika dzina la Pitila & Gudolo Gondwe too much mapwevupwevu

  18. matako says:

    Ngumuya and the rest of DPP boot licking hand clappers are wasting tax payer’s money. How can we allow or accept this kind of behavior. Where is Munthalika getting the money hand outs? Here is a man looting our resources right before our own eyes and we say nothing? Shame on all you stooges. I hope some one bombs the shit out of your greedy asses. This is the only way we can get rid of corrupt bastards like you.

  19. matutu says:

    This country will be like Greece. Wastefulness is high.

  20. Malawian says:

    Mutu wa bwampini unaola. Adzamva ali m’bokosi.

  21. Peter Mathanyula is s non entity not fit to be president. I agree with Jessey the iron lady who even Bingu failled to deal with. Those who are saying negative facts against this iron lady just shows how inept they are in their heads. Jessey more fire these thieves have had enough.

  22. Underson says:

    Very sad.mwachosa ma allawonce kwa ophunzira amuma collage aboma pomwe inu mukudyelera .Mulungu azakukanthani anthu oipa inu.bwerani kumudzi muzaone m’mene anthu akuvutikra nd moyo

  23. nganga says:

    Vuto siandalewo. Vuto ndiovota.

  24. Mfumu Magombe says:

    It’s very sad to hear someone make a sweeping statement like “these lazy southerners”. Would you accept it if someone said “these jealous northerners.” Don’t hide behind pseudonyms by making tribalistic statements!

  25. mlomwe #10 says:

    iwe ngumuya, remember ur constituency does not grant two terms to any elected member. u r doing thingz ignorantly. I personally voted for u, taking into consideration that u stood as an independent candidate. Mapwevupwevu Peter proffesorri, pliz spare our money pliz. pay civil servants, they also want to dine with their families, with the little that u pay em.

  26. Trevor Manyi says:

    Wakhuta Whisky eti?

  27. Salifornia Max says:

    You Mr stupid Mp Allan Ngumuya, walephera kuimba pano wabwera kudzabela anthu ndi Your stupid DDP members. How on earth can you be having your stupid useless cocktail party or whatever you like to call it instead of paying poor teachers? Have you forgotten who voted for you? And you have balls to say “its not a banquet it was just a cocktail”, how stupid is that??? The money you used could have been enough to pay some institutions that haven’t been paid till. Wake up Malawi, we need do something as these guys are taking us for granted. They have to celebrate the sale of the MSB as they know Mulli and some DDP members will not be paying back the loans they took from the MSB. Shame on you!!!

  28. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Those having problems with the reports on Capital FM should contact MACRA or the of Capital FM. Really, should MPz discuss that? May be you want to closed Capital FM or arrest the presenter?

    Madam Deputy Speaker, you are another disaster. Very confused lady indeed.
    How come the “purpose” of dinner is to prepare for high – forum on development effective?

    Were you announcing a meeting or dinner? What is the main function, meeting or food

  29. big boy says:

    Adyeretu munthuyo afa ife tikampanikiza

  30. JB says:

    Ok am now getting really pissed off. Civil servants have not been paid and then at a lavish party the president hands 500 thousand cash donations to Mps. I really pray ghat God should intervine on behalf of those poor teachers and bring death one by one to these leaders . You are playing with Gods children.

  31. MPONDA says:

    I have this gvt. DPP ndiyakuba kuyambira kale. They are not here to develope malawi but to invest for themselves. Tikulandila kachange as salary komweko kutichedweseraso.

  32. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    What Ms. Kabwila-Kapasula says doesn’t count any more.
    Malawian thinkers stopped taking her seriously; because everything concerning the government or, specifically, APM is negative in her opinion. Many Malawians wonder if she is on a personal vendetta. Or is she just ignorant of some social protocols? Or is she simply arrogant? Or was there something lacking in the manner in which she was raised? I tell you: Malawians have not seen her ilk; or witnessed the vitriol from a parliamentarian like this before. Not good for her professionally. Not good personally either.
    Politics doesn’t work that way. She will not survive long, because for one thing, she takes herself too seriously. Like she has achieved anything significant in life. And for another thing, she is waphuma (she’s not taking the time to learn the art of politics). The reputational bruises inflicted on her will soon scar over; and there will not be any healing. Nor life after politics, as she will have antagonized the majority of parliamentarians.

  33. BOLA KUNTHAZI says:

    Zovutatu izi abale anzanga .Kale adali aphunzitsi kumalandira mochedwa .Pano nthambi zonse vutoli latikhudza tonse anthambi zaboma pamene atsogoleri athu akupanga zachibwana, kudyelera,kuba ndalama za boma, osaganizira za njala ikubwerayi. Kuphana ndi umbanda ukuchitikawu Mdziko muno kodi atsogoleri athuwa sakuziwona? Ngati apolice akuphedwa, nanga chitetezo change munthu wamba chilipati?Ine ndikuganiza kuti Ndalama akupangira madyelerozi adakamangako nyumba angakhale zinai zokha za apolice ndiye kuti pangono pokha tidakapita chitsogolo potukula ntchito ndi miyoyo ya abale athu apolice.Nanga za Njalazi,aliyense akudziwa kuti mvula idagwa movutirako ndipo zokolora m’makwalala mulibe, Kodi ngati tikulephera kukonzekera pano za mpungwe pungwe wa njala ukudzawu ,tidzidzapemphanso akufuna kwabwino kuti athandizepo ngati sitimadziwa?Kapena mudzazitchanso ngozi zogwa mwadzidzi popempha chithandizo ngati momwe zidaliri kunsi kwa mtsinje wa Shire chifukwa cha Madzi osefukira? Kodi ma boma anzathu sadzitiseka kamba kopemhapempha.Atsogoleri athu, dziwani kuti mavuto ndi ambiri, ogwira ntchito za boma malipiro sadalandire,,,,, Mzipatala nkhani ya mankhwala ndi yomwe ija,Nthambi zofunika zaboma monga ulimi,maphunziro ndi Umoyo gawo lawo landondomeko ya zakayendetsedwe ka chuma mwachepetsa ndikupeleka yochuluka kunyumba ya boma kuti chihema chodyeramo chimangidwenso, Kodi pamenepa taganiza bwanji popeza zipatso zochepetsa ndalamazi kumaundunawu zidzakhala zowawa….. Kodi anzathu amene mumakhala kufupi ndi abwana mudawaunikirapo za zimenezi kuti a Malawi anzanu akuvutika kunjaku pamene inu mukdyelera kunyumba ya chifumu ndi abwana.Ndidakakonda SOJA wa amphawi afakawona ndikutiyimbira nyimbo yoti amphawi ife titonthozedwe poti ndidamva kuti iye adakanitsitsa kudumphira much ngalawa yanthu odzikundikirawa.Bwana Lucius apatu adawonetsa kukhwima maganizo kusonyeza kuganizira mtundu omwe udawaika paudindo BRAVOO SOLDIER.Kwa a Malawi anzanga voti yathu ija,kodi ikutipindilira?Apatu mpofunika tiganize mofatsa ndi mozama ndipo titengerepo phunziro kuti voti yathu ikhoza kutipulumutsau ng’anjo wa moto tikudutsawu titadzaponya mosamala mu 2018…..KOMA,,,, KOMA,,, Ngati tidzabwerezanso izi aaaaaahh!!!! kaya Ndikuwona moyo ukudzakhala owawa kwabasi.

  34. Munnyabu says:

    Doomed Prophesised Party (DPP), party for maphwevuphwevu can’t read clear signs of hardships malawians are going through it seems only opposition MPS see this! levish spending tells it all,should we say we have a visionally leader to take Mother Malawi to prosperity?

  35. manchild says:

    federal government is the answer. if you think Malawi will develop with these thieves, then you are wasting your time. lets go federal, its the only way you can notice genuine leaders who want development not what we are seeing now.

  36. Pack and go indeed!

  37. Favour says:

    “… I do understand that when people have been
    banqueting instead of understanding problems
    of Malawians you can behave this way. Some
    of us are here to work,”
    hahaha,,i like that.
    Mr Ngumuya,,Please don’t forget why and who sent you into that house…try to go and make amends with those who put you in that chair…People in your area are crying over their ‘wasted votes’ on you

  38. cheyo the real northerner says:

    Comment should be deserved for obvious reasons. I should get to understand that when MCP will be given chance to govern this country they will completely abolish cocktails. Should I assume that they are doing this out of jealous.

  39. We simply need a federal government to stop Malawian resources from being abused. These lazy southerners are milking the northern and central regions too much. How much does the south contribute to GDP? These are things to consider now.

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