People’s Party (PP) logo, which depicts an open lock, is an indication of the party’s involvement in the cashgate through which billions of taxpayers’ money was stolen, according to United Democratic Front (UDF) vice-president Iqbar Omar.
Omar is quoted in the press saying at a political rally he addressed at Area 36 in Lilongwe that the logo indicates that PP left public coffers open so that everybody could get money at his will.
“The [Joyce Banda’a PP led government] is responsible for the Capital Hill looting,” said Omar a former deputy minister during Bakili Muluzi regime.
“There are a lot of malpractices that are taking place in government. For example, some members of the ruling party have been offering themselves payments for services and goods they never offered. [Just] look at the ruling party’s logo; it’s an open lock, which means public coffers have been left open for them to embezzle public money,” Omar added.
But PP spokesperson Hophmally Makande who is also implicated in the cashgate scam dismissed Omar saying the PP’s open lock logo “has nothing to do with cashgate.”
In September the budget director in the finance ministry survived an assassination attempt on the eve of revealing the government corruption ring.
Since the scandal emerged donors have suspended aid, calling on government to rapidly deal with rampant corruption.
Malawi relies on foreign aid to bankroll around 40 percent of its national budget.