Ntata circulates widely ‘Licence to loot’ report on Malawi cashgate

London based Malawian lawyer and former Presidential legal advisor Z. Allan Ntata  has published a  comprehensive report on the cash-gate scandal that has rocked the country which he has circulated widely worldwide.

The report,  submits that the cash-gate scandal, “is an organized state looting by and through friends of the ruling party with the President acting as the master schemer, with the ultimate goal of enriching themselves and raising funds for the 2014 elections campaign.”

Ntata  who is a researcher in law, anti-corruption, political governance and also a Barrister – took a sweeping criticism on development partners, saying they have persistently given Malawian Presiden Joyce Banda “the licence to loot.”

Reads his report in part: “They [donors]  encourage the adoption of a particular model of governance, and indeed promote a particular leader simply because that leader is advancing faithfully their interests and following their ideas even at the expense of her own country’s economic growth.Cash-gate

Citing a Nyasa Times article the report  says American government representatives in Malawi are giving President Banda a licence to loot public resources.

“Even as the cash-gate scandal was wrecking havoc on the Malawian economy, the United States Deputy Ambassador to Malawi, Michael Gonzales said that Washington still had ’significant confidence in the Joyce Banda administration’, and was quoted as saying that despite the massive corruption eating the fabric of the southern African country, Washington does not intend to restrict, suspend or limit its assistance to Lilongwe.”

Ntata  noted in the report that “the Malawian ruling elite is living an extravagant life benefiting from the corruption with politicians becoming millionaires overnight while many people are languishing in abject poverty”  adding “this is a crime against humanity.”

Malawi government officials claimed they had not seen the report nor read it but promised that an official response will be issued.

Several officials in government however questioned the author of the report, Ntata as not credible to do a “sober” report against the current government because of his political association with the previous Mutharika administration.

Government also accuse Ntata of being a “fugitive” of a  treason case in which he was apparently charged along with eleven other former senior government officials in Malawi.

According to Ntata, he is not on the run but is in the UK where he is pursuing his PhD studies at one of the top universities in the UK and also working as a senior lecturer.

Ntata claimed recently he was in Malawi and there was not arrest effected on him.

Malawi Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba and Ministry of Justice spokesperson, Apoche Itimu,  said they were no attempt to extradite Ntata.

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