Ntata blasts Mutharika as Nyasa Times intends ‘ vigorous defense’ against Malawi President’s defamation claims

Following reports that President Peter Mutharika served Nyasa Times court summons through the press for alleged defamation, the online publication has indicated that it intends to mount “a vigorous defence” and believe the matter will help the battle to fight wrongful self-enrichment in Malawi.

Mutharika: To face Nyasa Times in court

Mutharika:  K92 billion cashgate is bone of contention

In a lawsuit filed at the High Court in Blantyre, the President is seeking damages and also wants a court order to restrain his fierce critic Allan Ntata and Nyasa Times from publishing further revelations on the K92 billion Cashgate linked to the Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

Ntata was legal adviser to the President’s elder brother, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, who ruled Malawi from 2004 until his death in April 2012.

Mutharika sued because Ntata’s article which was also posted on various media networks including social-media platform Facebook, was published on Nyasa Times on June 22 this year, alleging the President is implicated in the K92 billion Cashgate.

He further claimed in the article that the President was delaying to release a forensic report of the K92 billion Cashgate under his late brother’s eight-year rule because he was involved.

The President, according to the court record, said Ntata wrote on his Facebook page that a Mrs Sadiq of HTD allegedly defrauded government close to K20 billion on bogus purchases of motor vehicles and that President Mutharika is closely linked to and associated with HTD and the bogus payments could be linked to him.

Mutharika, in the lawsuit filed by Tembenu, Masumbu & Company, said in their natural and ordinary meaning of the published words, they meant he [the President] is engaged in fraud and corruption.

Nyasa Times Media Group CEO Edgar Chibaka and Editorial Director Thom Chiumia in a statement  on Tuesday said the media company intends to mount a “vigorous defense” against the suit.

“We have not seen the summons but we hope we will get a copy of the newspaper service and lodge our vigorous defence,” Nyasa Times statement said.

The online publication also laughed off  at reports that President Mutharika failed to serve the company  the court summons, saying their email and phone contacts and addresses are known to the President, his press office and  his lawyer James Masumbu including all cabinet ministers.

Masumbu also served Ntata court summons through substituted service in daily newspapers.

Ntata took to Facebook , saying he  was “surprised” to read that  “a whole president, with all the resources at his disposal can claim to the High Court that he cannot trace Z Allan Ntata, when, as many Malawians including Presidential Press Secretary Gerald Viola, know that Ntata has been in the country for almost 6 weeks now.”

He wrote: “The President probably thinks that lying to the court in this manner will buy some sort of public sympathy and portray to the public that Ntata is on the run or something and that service of the President’s lawsuit against him should be done via the media.

“But isn’t this failure to locate just one individual who is clearly right here in Malawi, presenting a public lecture, doing TV and Radio Interviews and meeting numerous government officials, and yes, including meeting with his Press Secretary just another display of the president’s incompetence?”

Germany provided K9.76 billion for the audit exercise  into the K92 billion which was prompted by a 2011 interim investigative audit report of government’s payment system—the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis)—which revealed that ministries and departments may have lost about K577 billion through abuse and irregularities between 2009 and 2012.

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48 thoughts on “Ntata blasts Mutharika as Nyasa Times intends ‘ vigorous defense’ against Malawi President’s defamation claims”

  1. TA Kabudula says:

    Ntata kagwere uko. Inu a Nyasa nanu mumasowa zolemba ndaona ndithu. You can not keep fighting with the President all the time. Leave APM alone. Wait for the 2019 war if you are men enough. The just voted councillor elections should tell you a big story that APM and DPP are winning the 2019 elections. Come on! be men enough guys.

  2. Joseph Moyo says:

    on Ntata APM incompetence:when you r abarrister and you work as ajournalist in the process to fail to do that job correctly thats incompetence if the president who is father and is meeting his children is there any problem?defamation uimvakuwawa ndipo wampwetekesa adalembayu ndi nyuz paper yo umva nyunyunyu aise tapangani zanu.Leave APM alone ntata

  3. Politics kuwawitsa mutu, shaaa bwanji tingokhala opanda president, mwina wotsogorera kuba asowa. E’eee, palibe president yemwe anachoka opanda mbiri yakuba since democracy.

  4. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    I am back again on Nyasa Times after long time without commenting. I have been following seriously on various blanders made by this government of thieves. Who in Malawi doesn’t know that DPP govt if full of thieves and day light robbers of our money? its true the Mutharikas stole 92 billion kwacha and most of that money is hidden abroad. please mr president stop wasting your time accusing Nyasa times and Allan Ntata on the issue coz we all know that you and ur late brother Bingu stole what belongs to malawians. We want justice to prevail here and we will fight tirelessly.

  5. Wanga ndi yemweyo says:

    Malawians, listen to me and listen very carefully! WE ARE IN VERY BIG TROUBLE! I mean, if a whole sitting president – which to me means a whole government – can fail to locate an individual who is going about meeting government officials and conducting public lectures, do you really believe that they can locate and arrest people like those who murdered the late Njauju for instance? Do you need any more proof that all the issues which are under investigation by our “competent” government agencies will yield nothing? Yes, nothing, nil, nix. Now Malawi is in a state of “every man for himself and God for us all”. Some government!

  6. WISE MALAWIAM says:

    Sometimes it good to say the truth than just implicating issues and confusing Malawians that JB and her crew are thieves. Sorry to say this Mr president APM, 92billion nayonso ifufuzidwe pakuti nacho ndi chuma chaboma chomwe chidaonongedwa. I salute JB and her crew pena pake, yes nawo adaba chuma cha boma but atleatst it was given back abit to the malawians through ng’ombe and nyumba. On 20th May elections you are still called thieves ngati ndikunama mwana wa inu a president (APM), VP, komanso Matiya from Blantyre were some of the main IT officers pakubera mavoti. This was also supported by ndalama za boma zomwe munaba pa kupereka ziphuphu kwa ena ndi ena. am here not to back everybody koma a Malawi azudwe zoona chifukwa zimandiwawa mukamanena zithu zanu zosakhala bwino kwa amalawi via mbc both tv and radios maka kuchokera kwa anthu ndi mabungwe ena ndi ena mumawatumawo. Please malawians lets unite to support the needy kumudzi osangoti zosangalasa mthumba mwanu. God is watching you all.

  7. babakak says:

    Peter Mutharika is a failed leader, very crook. wants to hide his cashgate by pressuring others. What about Malawi housing Issues where he was buying a K50 million valued house at K3 milliom just because he was in the leadership. What about government minister cars which he used relatives to buy on auction sales together with other selfish ministers like George Chaponda. Malawians watch out, Beware of these impostors.

  8. J.Banda says:

    Koma mbava izi zitionongerad dziko eti? Palibetu wangwiro apa, Chikhalileni abale angofa chifukwa chosowa mankhwala .

  9. SENGABAY says:

    Mbava za blue(92billion) zikuzenga mlandu mbava za orage (24billion) pamene mbava za yellow (1.7billion) zapumila kaye kupita ku Khoti ………..palibe chanzeru apa drama basi………………..(magangsters alipezerela Dziko la masiye )

  10. Dwambazi says:

    Sweet! …….Mr President you have just opened a can of worms now the game is on, I hope you are ready for this.

  11. Vwapuvwapu says:

    Eeheee!!!

  12. Sayimoni bayisikolo says:

    Why are we having a failure of this Mutharika as president?How many cashgaters have been prosecuted under his armpit in his failed Dpp?Does he think he is clean just because he won through the backdoor?He should also be ready to be prosecuted as to how he amassed his wealth with his deceased brother within a very short period time.Its time he stopped lying to Malawians.I thought one of his bootlicker Gerald Viola attended to Ntatas lectures at crossroads yet he claims that he has no idea where Ntata is.

  13. The Patriot says:

    Democracy at its best! If one aspires for lublic office one should get prepared to face the media, no threats with summons! All Malawians want to know the brains behind the 577 billion Cashgate. I for one would like to know where the money to build Ndata came from? Abwana anamanga Ndata amayendetsa minibus mu LL a few years earlier before becoming President!!!

  14. Thyangathyanga says:

    Tiye nao usawasiye amenewa. Akubisa Cashgate ya K92 billion kuulula ya K24 billion. Mtata udziwe kuti a Malawi ambiri tili pa mbuyo pako ndipo usafooke ndi ma court action awowo ai. The court actions simply means akufuna kuti usapitilze kuulula.

    And if possible ufufuzenso kuti kodi zisankho za pa 20 May zija anabera bwanji. A Malawi adziwe choona.

  15. Phwado says:

    Abakha inu tangolowani mu ring mutikitane ya manja.Tipange fundraise for Malawi’s fuckin economy

  16. Nasan says:

    Teyeni nazoni ife kwathu kupenya mukamaliza kulumana mutiuza

  17. mijomba ikuluikulu says:

    whom are you fooling. Everybody is aware that this issue is in court and there’s no need to justify it on the web or anywhere else other than in the chamber. If you continue to express your holiness outside the court then other people will not trust whatever you publish on this web page.

  18. redeemed says:

    Last Sunday on our way from Church my husband and I gave a lift to one of our fellow brothers in Christ to Soweto, amongst the conversations we happened to discuss the Malawi politics. Apparently he sounded to be against the new government blaming it for all the hardships faced by Malawians. He even mentioned the issue of the devastating floods that took place in Malawi in the previous rainy season. According to him these floods were as a result of the current government. What is beyond my understanding is the fact that these floods did not affect Malawi only but Mozambique as well. Here in RSA we experienced the woist storm ever accompanied by ball golf size pieces of hail which destroyed house Loofs, windows and window screens of many cars. My point is no political party will be suitable to rule Malawi and please every one, no wonder Kamuzu resorted to dictatorship.

  19. Beast Msonda says:

    Was K577 billion lost between 2009 and 2012 or between 2009 and 2014? So, how about k90 billion and k24 billion? This money too is alleged to be lost inside this period 2009-2014. Why do we have a deliberate attempt to confuse readers? My opinion is that we should be talking about k577 billion and not k24 billion or k90 billion as these two figures are included in the latest revelation of k577 billion.

  20. chijinu says:

    You can say there z nothing like mk92billion coz you’re still there once out, the truth will b out too, now you can open your mouth wide as U wish “koma mlandu suwola” and hard right now to know the truth”paja ikakhala pa uta siilasika” bola mulumbikile ndale zanu zachibale, otherwise we’ll fight for your heads oldmen.

  21. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Ma rubbish!

  22. mankhaulee mlaamu baabaa says:

    antata antataaa, ndekuti umamukhumba pitalayi eeeh, atangokugwanda tht tym kt mukumane, anakutengamooo eeehh, chifukwatu zimapanga iwe zosonyeza kuti anakufikapo eee, haunayembekeze

  23. The real ujeni says:

    This president spends most of his time antagonising people, he likes gossip and backbiting , check it, we heard of that tape recording where he was so tribal and said hate things about Chimunthu Banda and called Masangwi a smuggler, he has no iota or trait of being a leader never. Now check, he is spending more time talking about JB, now he is after Nyasa times and Ntata, who will be next. This president is not man enough , a waste of votes and a waste of development years for Malawi

  24. john banda says:

    mmmmmm

  25. Exiled Soul's says:

    Battleline bn drawn

  26. Truck says:

    But where is the money Bingu left when he died Vuto a Malawi timafuna kudya zones Ndalama you would have said Bingu left this amount not just keep quite we know that will be the total figure but its better than keeping quite.

  27. Agripa says:

    Guys munthu afa ndi mtimatu za chuluka zomukumbutsa. The problem with these so called politicians is that they feel on top of the world when on positions but they forget no situation is permanent on earth. Our past will always haunt us in future. That is my message to you people in position of influence today. All you are doing now will come after you at a later stage watch out. Kuno ndi kunja kumayanja lichero.

  28. Challo says:

    Comorades;
    Talking too much doesn’t mean; one is wise. Let us develop, educate ourselves socially, economically and morally, than be in the platform castigating others,

  29. Comred Brigadier says:

    Za chabechabe zonsezi, nzongosausa mtima. Believe me they come into this world empty handed and empty handed they will return

  30. Robert Zingani says:

    No! Professor u cannot be involved in the cash gate or any malpractice that’s why I gave u power to rule us to the prosperity. DPP woyee! Tinavota ndife pajatu inu munathawa maliro alinyumba. Don’t make a lot of noise. Peter Mutharika woyee!

  31. mwana mulopwana says:

    The one who laughs last laughs best, We don’t serve summons to an email address, summons are served to a proper Physical address or post office box, Ntata can appear to be clever but once the court proceeding start , he will be traced his whereabouts because if he does not appear they can serve him with a Warant of arrest, for your own information every one who is served with summon has to acknowledge that he has received the summons,
    But with the little knowledge that I have in law, it will be difficault for Ntata to win the case because all his arguments are based on hearsay, just now we have seen controversy in the cashgate issues. in the end he will find himself being part of the MK577 billion cases as he was part of the scheme, My advice to Nyasatimes Edgar Chiwaka, you are just young to be involved in this battle, the best thing for you was to retract the msg and apologize otherwise , you will not finish this battle

  32. Palikanthu says:

    President is used to peddling lies. Just this weekend I was told that the government has put police in all the visible spots of the road network (Round Abouts) because would be investors are in town and therefore president wants to give them the impression that Malawi is safe.

    But one would ask, why do you have police all over? is Malawi not safe?
    As an investor am sure they will have a detailed feasibility study which would analyze the risks of doing business in Malawi. With the social media every keen person accesses a daily dose of Malawi current affairs and they read how Njauju was murdered and the government is quiet etc.
    You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the times. We know you lie and defend individuals that steal our taxes through MSB, Cashgate etc

    1. 666 says:

      I totally agree with you. Placing armed police on roundabouts and other visible public places can create an impression that something is seriously wrong in the country. These are the very scenarios usually seen when there is a coup or mutiny.

  33. bazuka says:

    Malawians are fools. Dont intmidate my uncle Mathanyula by these foolish cash gate issues. I mean if you were very serious over it, you could been crying for the head of JB. yet you are kuothera maximum heat in the sun while yawning.Lutepo has revealed everything and even Billy Report from UK audit firm agreed with report from 2012 to 2014 and these independent auditors rejected that K92 billion thing.Mark my words, forget about K92 billion. There is nothing about that in this world.

  34. Denguzman says:

    Kwanga ndikulilira Malawi.

  35. dzikolathu says:

    Where is MARDEF fellow country men and women? Can some body tell me and who was the boss there?

  36. Kumeneko ndiye timati kuganiza kwa mwini njoka!…kupusa!

  37. ... says:

    Samalani naye Ntata. He is fake. He is DPP Agent.
    He is working for DPP. Aka ndi ka filimu kawo ka chipani cha K577 billion cashgate kufuna kupusisa amalawi.
    Ali limodzi ndithu, ndi chifukwa chake mu ka lecture kache kaja amafuna kuteteza Mphwiyo, amene ali master minder mu K577 billion cashgate, K92 billion cashgate ndinso K24 billion cashgate.
    Ndi mbava zokha zokha kutetezana izi.

  38. Shocked says:

    Just produce the forensic report and show us Mr President that you are not involved with that evidence… Simple rather than wasting our time and tax payers money going to court… Release the report and we will see if indeed Ntata’s claims are true or false allegations

  39. matako a pusi says:

    Let nyssatimes and che ntata defend thr matter seems there are possible defences though some are speculations lets be careful

  40. Alungwana says:

    The most educated ignorant leader Malawi has never needed.

  41. Zanga Phe Basi says:

    so should we believe? is it ntata or peter?

    mr president everybody knows that you guys i mean your bro & u were and u r still invloved in cashgate!

    your bro built his mansion plus manda using ndalama zathu. why didnt he do that when he was driving minibus or pamene anali kunja muja? uthawa ubisala but will definetely expose at his most appropeiate time mark my words!

  42. drzeus says:

    Ntata presented a lecture at CrossRoads the police, the Presiden’s Press Officer and several senior Government officials were in attendance, the question is “is Allan Mtata on the run as alleged by Peter Mutharika”?

  43. jupiter says:

    MALAWI

  44. captain says:

    President is a failure, Ntata i saw him at Galitos in lilongwe, he stayed there for hours walked around and was talking to every person who recognise him without fear, am surprised why they said he can’t trace his where about, president if u fight the media u LL be in big shit, akuyalutsani bambo. U once did business with Lutepo don’t forget, u saved mulli by selling msb don’t forget, u are keeping mwanamveka don’t forget who is the one who messed msb . Be careful peter

    1. Denguzman says:

      [email protected]

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