Smear campaign will not deter me, says JB on Malawi ‘cash-gate’ crackdown

Malawi President Joyce Banda said she has noted that there some suspected culprits who have engaged in a smear campaign against others to deflect attention on the financial plunder at Capital Hill, saying that will not work as she has ordered the police to constitute a crime committee within its ranks to ensure that all people involved in the cash-gate scandal are brought to book.

Briefing reporters during the press conference at the Sanjika State House in the commercial Blantyre, Banda said nobody will be arrested based on rumour and smear campaign.

“I wish to call upon the nation not panic we have a very able and professional police service. But also I will not protect anyone”.

President Banda also distanced his party from reports that the siphoning of public funds was deliberate move aimed to finance the party, saying it was the same government that initiated the investigations.

President Dr.Joyce Banda addressing a press conference at Sanjika palace in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Dr.Joyce Banda addressing a press conference at Sanjika palace in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

“As much as these developments are disturbing and regardless of the smear campaign against innocent people, they will not deter me from fighting corruption, fraud and embezzlement wherever it is,” said President Banda.

President Banda announced a number of steps her government will take in order to arrest high level corruption, fraud and embezzlement in the country.

“I am committed to fight corruption and fraud wherever it exists and it will be exposed,” President Banda said.

“Those who are resisting change; those who are undermining my efforts and my economic recovery programme; those who are fighting the poor; those who are fighting the principles of a clean government will be exposed wherever they are,” warned the Malawi leader.

“It is a well known fact that those involved are very few compared to the large number of dedicated civil servants that work hard and are honest,” pointed out President Banda

She said: “My commitment to all Malawians is that I will serve them and defend their interests, and I will work with the good citizens of this country to root out this evil in order that we may grow and develop into a more prosperous nation, with a better future for all.”

The President also ordered the country’s corruption busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau, Police and Financial Intelligence Unit—money laundering fighting institution—to be sending reports to her regularly.

 

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