Wise One on Malawi cashgate: Cloaks and daggers, innuendos and smokescreens, all in the mix

“His [Lutepo’s] declaration statement raises the issues of political party financing, this is a good governance issue. From the evidence provided we have also known that People’s Party gave K11 million to one of the Malawi Congress Party [MCP] presidential candidates to disturb MCP election and convention and influence the outcome.” – Mrs Kachale, Director of Public Prosecutions.

She, however, refused to name the MCP presidential candidate that received K11 million to influence the outcome, saying that would disturb the investigations.

Kachale:  The DPP

Kachale: The DPP

Murder and burglary:

In a country where crime investigations do produce results, the gruesome and yet to be avenged murder of late IssaNjauju and the break in into the German GTZ official’s residence would have long been resolved and the culprits locked up in prison, where they belong.

However, Malawi being a country where the arm of the law is compromised by whichever Kahuna is ruling, and where some crimes are reportedly carried out with the knowledge of senior officers in the Police (e.g. late Robert Chasowa RIP) and Intelligence Services (e.g. burning of MEC warehouse and lately GTZ official burglary according to Nyasa Times sources);no arrests have been made.

The murder of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs IssaNjauju and the break in into the house of a high-ranking German official handling the K557 billion forensic audit of government coffersshare one common denominator: they are actions of defianceagainst the fight against corruption in Malawi.

This defiance is what is often referred to as impunity.

Both are deliberate attempts to bog down the ongoing deeper investigations into the genesis of cashgate and intended to buy time for some big wigs who, once the review going back to 2005 is completed, will be disgraced.

While indeed late Njauju was not in the ‘frontline’ fighting graft at ACB, he was arguably managing the hub on which the bolts and nuts that do the actual investigations were revolving.

While the high-ranking German official handling the K557 billion forensic audit of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) era of cash-gate is doing the analysis after the fact and the documents stolen from his home merely contained information already in public domain; the robbers – in their keenness to destroy material evidence at the behest of their masters– would not have known what he was analysing until they stole it, thinking that this would stop the effort.

In other words, whichever way one looks at it, the robbery was staged to derail the analysis and eventual fingering of the inventors of cashgate just as the coldblooded killing of ACB’s senior official was intended to pump the fear of God in ACB employees.

A phantom on the loose?

Going by the high profile nature of the targets: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate affairs IssaNjauju and the house of a high-ranking German official, the perpetrators cannot be common criminals.

Their acts required a degree of sophistication, planning and ruthlessness to tail their targets for sometime, wait for an opportune time, and then strike.

The hoodlums obviously, had the ample resources not readily available to equip district hospitals adequately.

The question is:who in Malawi has or controls such resources? Whoever it is, we are dead men walking.

Innuendos and smokescreens:

The motive of both crimes, as established above was to protect someone – who can only be highly influential and wielding power and resources – from being implicated from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) era cashgate.

As for the reason, one only has to look at the embarrassment that former President Joyce Banda is experiencing now after being implicated in cashgate.

Whether the allegations will hold or not, the resulting loss of faceis not something anyone holding office – at whatever level – would cherish.

Knowing Malawi as we do, we can conclude without fear of contradiction that if she is indeed charged, the trial will be delayed for a myriad of reasons (back problems, medical check-ups etc.) and not see the end of day as is happening with the MK1.7 billion trial.

And check this: we now have no less than the Director of Public Prosecutions Mrs Kachale “jeopardising” investigations.

This week she told the court that she has information that an unnamed MCP presidential aspirant got MK11 million Kwachaof cashgate money from one of Oswald Lutepo’s companies.

Ironically, for fear of “jeopardising” investigations, she could not reveal the name.

This is what I call “Grade A”trash.

Point is, out of the truck load of MCP presidential aspirants, the character that got the dough knows it.Hence the premature and uncalled forinsinuation before he has been interrogated, even without naming him, means that he is now on alert, either ready to bolt like that Kaka chap who has vanished into thin air while on bail awaiting a murder trial or to “interfere” with investigations.

What was the point of the premature revelation? What was Mrs Kachale trying to prove? And the media is blamed for being “sensational”? If you want sensationalism, try Mrs Kachale.

Playing cloaks and daggers game: suicidal

With the respect to the burglary carried out at the German Official, tailing, snooping or spying on diplomats is something normally expected of the Obamas and Putins of this world.

In fact, Putin is on record saying: “I envy him (Obama) because he can do something like this (spying) and get away with it!

Having said that, when Malawi is perceived, not only to have spied BUT to have actually carried out a “Mossad-type-robbery” on a GTZ official’s residence with Nicholaus Dausi’s knowledge according to a Nyasa Times report, shivers start running down the spines of our development partners.

“What will Malawi do next?”or rather “What will Dausi do next?” are the questions that follow.

One can argue about double standards: i.e. why is spying more or less tolerated when Russia and USA are involved and theft equally accepted when carried out by Mossad?And why all the fuss when some yet to be named Malawi operative – never mind his employer – breaks into a GTZ official’s home to steal cashgate documents?

The response is rooted in an adage: biting the hand that feeds you is haraam.

The cashgate triangle: Bingu-JB-APM

Never mind propaganda to the contrary, it is a fact that cashgate was invented by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), viaa presidential directive that banks should honour all government cheques without asking questions.

Why else was this idiotic directive issued if not to facilitate cashgate?

According to one convict, Leo Kalonga, Peoples Party (PP)– through Paul Mphwiyo – just enhanced the process byshort-circuiting the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) (which was in DPP’s time issuing no objections to ridiculously over-priced contracts) so that the cream can go to you-know-who’s bank accounts.

The latest, as per Mrs Kachale premature ejaculation, is that other than the motive of funding its own campaign, Peoples Party (PP) went one up in an attempt to destabilize democracy by using Oswald Lutepo’s companies to cause chaos in rival parties.

What we have learnt this far however emanates from cashgate crimes committed after 2012. What is remaining is what the Germans are trying to get to: the period prior to 2012.

When they get to this part, and names get mentioned, the shit will practically hit the fan. With respect to the current regime, they have already crafted ways of continuing cashgate.

In my previous write up I referred to the ridiculously high contract amount of the 95km road from Lilongwe old airport. I can safely predict that the community or district colleges now on President Mutharika’s radar will also be as ridiculously over-priced.

Just watch this space.

Is Malawi sleepwalking or speeding towards a failed state?

What is making every patriotic Malawian to be ashamed of these developments is that Cashgate, be it the Peoples Party brand or its precursor, the Democratic Progressive Party invention, was and is still repulsive. But it was local.

However, ‘cashgating’ documents from a development partner, one who is investing resources trying to clean the mess, is beyond nauseating.

Therefore, when I heard someone remarking that Pres Peter Mutharika is “sleepwalking Malawi into a failed state”,Icould not help but laugh at the understatement.

A more apt observation is that the man isfast-tracking Malawi into a failed state. No two ways about it.

My Malawi My Bandit Territory:

Look at this: it is a fact that criminals – ranging from the unpretentious burglars to diplomatic burglars, random murderers to professional hit squads, are having a field day in Malawi.

It is a fact that we have a Police Service, a National Intelligence Service and a host of state apparatus headed by a Commander in Chief.

In light of the increasing levels of criminality, does anyone see“leadership”?

Shuffling AtupeleMuluzi and replacing him with Dr Jean Kalirani in the Ministry of Home Affairs is the very height of presidential naivety.

If the good doctor could not watch over aspirin, how is she going to even begin presiding over national security?

Not that Atupele was doing any better, but entrusting Dr Jean Kalirani, who could not explain where drugs were going at the Health Ministry with national security, is one of the dumbest reshuffles made in our fifty one year old history.

Cluelessness does not even begin to describe this folly.

Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted?

To wrap up, one can safely conclude that late Njauju’s murderers and the hoodlums who burglarizedthe GTZ official’s house willnever be caught because the body charged with the investigations, i.e. the Malawi Police, is one that has never really solved any crime especially when there are big fish involved.

And both these cases reek of big fish involvement.

The hoodlums will go scot-free because we simply have no political leadership with the capability and will to make life bearable for the common man.

Sadly, what we should all learn to live with is the fact that under the current administration, the long arm of the law is at the mercy of the local mafia andas a result, Malawi is now bandit territory cruising towards failed statehood.

To put things in their proper perspective, everything we have been doing as a nation, with respect to cash-gate, is worse than locking the barn after the horse has already bolted.

In May 2014, through omission or commission, aided by one Maxon, we locked our horses in a barn with a pack of hungry hyenas. No wonder the oldboy was crying!

If we find any bones therein after this administrative term, we should count ourselves “lucky”. And never forget, when a wise man is pointing at the moon, fools concentrate on the finger and lose out.

I rest my case.

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39 thoughts on “Wise One on Malawi cashgate: Cloaks and daggers, innuendos and smokescreens, all in the mix”

  1. Hilda Mgoloka says:

    Indeed the constitution must be reviewed- particularly on the powers of the President – the immunity part is the one I am not comfortable with. Again public appointment by the state President do not make much sense in the way affairs are run in our country. When the president is s in office, he/she can get away with almost anything : sell the jet , sell the M S Bank, overprice projects, build substandard roads and pocket huge sums of money out of it , go into shady mining deals with investors Etc. When out of office a lot of noise is made about crimes they committed and people express huge desire to arrest them. Is it not bizarre that no former president has been convicted to date? Nsanje kaduka hypocrisy, dyera, kuzikonda, zachinyengo. Kukondera, nepotism, Kuba, tribalism, regionalism ect The list is long Vuto la a Malawi

  2. Kharupa says:

    This is shallow analysis. Don’t you know that cashgate started with Kamuzu Banda that’s why he endevoured to suppress any voice of reason to avoid being exposed? Do you know the disagreements that prompted the demise of the Gadamas, Matenjes, Chiwangas, Sangalas? Mwabadwa dzulo eti? And just go to Chiwengo Village and confirm this. Do you know who owns pointable buildings in Kasungu town? Grow up iwe mfana wise one.

  3. Rebel says:

    Well, maybe if we gave judicial system more autonomy and gave politicians only authority scrutinise it, then I dont think we would be having these dubious statements.

  4. Matako says:

    Wise one you have hit the nail on the head. Malawi is being ruled by a greedy, clueless and corrupt leader. A man who has no vision and shame. He talking through his ass as he is dillusional and incompetent. He truly believes Malawians are that stupid to believe that he means what he says. Muthalika smell corruption all over his body. He is a man like Mugabe want to go to his grave after cleaning the coffers of our country. What we must do as true citizens of this country is save our land before it is too late. Muthalika does not give a hoot about you and I . That is the reason he continues to blame JB a year after he has been in office. He tries very hard to divert the attention of the people. We must get lead of this swindler by any means necessary.

  5. Brazilian wax says:

    Firstly, thank you very much for your great write up. I always rush for your informative articles because after reading it I always become wiser. When news about the demise of Raphael Tenthani echoed I felt helpless because in him a great write had been lost. Guess what, God is wonderful. Little did we guess that we will find solace in you, Wise one. After everything said, what can be the solution to these institutionalized criminalities taking root in Malawi? I think the problem lies in our supreme law of the land, the constitution. Our Constitution gives more than necessary power to the president. We really need to understand our sociopolitical and cultural context. Elsewhere the judiciary and other governance institutions like ACB are independent. But in Malawi this is a tall order. The chief justice, the directors of ACB and other governanance institutions are appointed by the president. And what do we see? There is no way, in the Malawian frame of mind these appointments can probe the president and his apologist if they happen to be on the wrong side of the law. As far as Malawi is concerned people heading governance institutions should never be appointed by the president. If one thinks this is not possible or makes little sense, then I equally assert that the current set up is failing us. Remember, that the power to appoint was vested in the president with the understanding that the president shall always act in good faith and above all in the interest of all Malawi citizenry at heart. Now, if we have the presidency that look bizzare, what would be the better way out? Let’s amend the constitution.

  6. chatonda says:

    The issue of cashgate will indeed lead to some deaths if government is not offering enough security to some judges. There are cashgaters from the Malawi Defence Force here and some more dangerous people like Kasambara and Mphwiyo in addition. Lives are indeed in danger BUT NO MAN IS BIGGER THAN THE COUNTRY. LET JUSTICE TAKE ITS COURSE AND PROVE THAT THIEVES ARE LOCKED UP FOR GOOD

  7. clement says:

    Earthy Kingdom is like that bra! Don’t waste ur time for earthy things.let it be as it was written

  8. Ingangasyungu Yunyeghela says:

    Wiseone you are good at writing.

  9. Cecilia Mapila says:

    “MLAMU (Email protected)” ….Chizungu chikukukanani, kapena tinene kuti chikukukanikani. Mukutichititsa manyazi. Muli ku Europe mbali yakuti? Chizungu mukulemba apachi akumangani nachotu kumeneko…mukuwalakwila. Bwanji Mulamu muzingolemba mu Chichewa?

  10. Mwethu says:

    But why is German silent on this issue? Can’t they bring there own security detail to guard there citizens on the cashgate assignment. And even tail Dausi, shook him a bit and he will stop all this nonsense. The Queen must also rebuke him for misplaced use of her vocabulary, the man thinks he is a genius but wa Youth League si wa MYP!!!

  11. World arroundus says:

    There is no secrete under the sun…………………….

  12. GRM says:

    Was the writer expecting someone to read all this. Shaa. The wise one has time to waste

  13. zonse ndi nthawi says:

    Nkhani yowona iyi well written ndipo pena pomwe pandikhudza kwambiri ndi apa when a wise man is pointing at the moon, fools concentrate on the finger and lose out. When Mr Mbendera cried on that day, people/Malawians were looking at his tears insteady of finding out what he was crying for.He knew that he had betrayed Malawians into the mouth of hungry Lions that have stayed several weeks without food.

  14. Kavuluvulu says:

    Asilikali ndiwo amabanso,mwaiwala ?Odillo si musilikali ?

  15. Mhesha says:

    Nathan. …you have forgotten to complete your preferred statement by including. …UDF came from MCP….kkkkkk

  16. Chang'ombe says:

    Kkkkk koma kaya

  17. Chang'ombe says:

    Well documented article, in Malawi we can’t n we don’t have to trust our leaders. Just imagine a minister buying a Malawi housing cooperation house at the price equivalent to buying a kilogram of tomato. If you ask them they was an old house. Kkkkkk God help hard working Malawian n push these leaders like you did to Lotie’s wife.

  18. C Sekeani says:

    …The guy must have majored in English language..so articulate!

  19. Im jst very dumpfounded with the current cabinet reshulfle that Apm has made,and has touched my chin that this is really a political motivated agenda.Look at Jean Kalirani,s post in this cabinet, Koma zoona udindo umene uja angamusiire mnzimai?

  20. tunthu says:

    Peter and big DPP officials are used to stealing, killing and crooking people. Its not strange to some of us. They are very bad people God will intervene dont worry Malawians. Remember during UDF, Bingu DPP

  21. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Stupid, empty, long-winded, incoherent gibberish put together by an inept nincompoop!

  22. chidiso says:

    BRAVO NYASATIMES!! I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY WHO WAS SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
    BUT NOW I A CAN BREATHE WITH A SIGH OF RELIEF THAT I AM NOT INSANE BUT THAT ANOTHER LEARNED LAWYER WHO IS TRYING EITHER TO MAKE A NAME OR IS TRYING TO PLEASE ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY WITH AN INTENTION OF MAKE A BIG PAYMENT SOMEWHERE. THIS KACHALE WOMAN SHOULD THAT MALAWI IS CHANGING AND ANY ONE THINKING BACKWARD WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. THERE WAS A TIME PEOPLE THE WORLD BELIEVED THAT USA COULD NEVER BE RULED BY A BLACK PERSON NO MPHUNO BII MU WHITE HOUSE. BUT NOW EVERYONE BELIEVE THAT THE HEAVENLY AND ALMIGHTY GOD DOES NOT CONSULT OR CONSPIRE WITH WICKED MINDS OF MEN WHEN MAKING DECISIONS. HE IS TRULY RIGHTEOUS GOD .OSATI CHILUNGAMO CHIMENE CHIKUPSINJA ANTHU ENA NKUMATI CHIMECHO NDI CHILUNGAMO.

  23. .... says:

    I remember indeed that Bingu ordered all banks to honour gouvernment cheques without asking questions.
    Ankati cheke cha boma sichibaunsa.
    DPP ndi tate wa cashgate.
    Kuba akaba ku nyumba ya mu german yo, nkutheka kuli big big names mma findings awo, names that are currently in DPP.

  24. Hard Times Aheard says:

    Malawi crusing to destruction. Lets all pray all else we are going to perish. Let all call upon God only. He is our only help. Let is not look at these Politicians. One day they will be answerable to God and give the account of what they did with the positions God entrusted them with. Malawi lets hold hands. God is the only one who can bail us out of these oppressions.

  25. blessing lipengs says:

    A bandit nation cruising towards a failed State.Grade A trash from Kachale. who are you Sir! your article makes me a proud Malawian. The intelligence is tangible but now what’s the solution to the sleepwalking leadership we have?

  26. dodi dufonso says:

    Honesty is the best policy.

  27. Charombanthu says:

    Well articulated and thought out article Wise One. Cashgate and all the murders (Chasowa, Njauju) point to the ruling elite including its security apparatuses.

  28. Jarsn Phiko says:

    I once said that It is a curse to be born in this country. Why, no one should cheat you that this country is God- fearing, rather we should say that the poor in this country may be God fearing. If there is indeed a devil out there, then one sees it walking in the streets of this country in daytime. The works of the devil are to steal, to kill and to destroy. No wonder the so called leaders of ours are mostly worshipers of the devil. They spend their nights praying for negative things in their duck worship centers.

    Believe me, this Nation had better not existed at all, because what we see in this country is a shame,disgrace, and total disrespect for God who made it. I do not think God smiles at creating animals, in the name people, who do not feel ashamed and sorry for being murderers, thieves, and liers. Why should someone rejoice in being an evil doer? Has God forsaken the almost 16 million plus and favour the few in power? Is God not just enough to see all what these people are doing? No one can play with God, for sure the evil ones shall meet his strong hand.

    Mukudziunjikila chuma ku dziko, chomwe simudzachidyerela konse, mukufa ngati zitsilu zopanda nzeru, ndipo manda adzachita phwando pa inu posachedwapa. Ask Bingu, ask Muluzi( not enjoying his normal life), ask Kamuzu. They will tell you who God is. Tizunzeni tidzaonana pa mtengo wa kachere.

  29. Kachale ACB chief is appointed by the president. What do we expect from her? She is afraid of her job. Many Malawians working for government are not free. They are forced to lie and work according to what officials tell them otherwise they loose jobs. They have families to feed. It is so bad that one can not work professional. It is not a healthy enviroment. Where am in Europe we can protest to a bosse and a leader. Not in Malawi. They will kill u. It is not better now. It s the same like Banda time. Except people can write in news papers and vote. It is only DDP who can kill anyone who touch them with investgating their cash gate. If Germany had been allowed to do the job of investgation th truth about both DDP and PP could have come on the surface. And Malawians will be shocked. Even if MCP could have digged to bottom. But Malawians let this thieves to get away with their sins. But if Malawians correct the mistake by not letting DDP continue 2019 the truth will come. Only MCP can do that.

  30. Malcolm says:

    The report identifies the sickness in the State of Malawi at Government level and within the country through police,judiciary and business “leaders”. It is totally shameful. A banana republic and worse with such deep cynicism amongst senior politicians that there is little likelihood of cleaning out the stables.`God forgive them for they know EXACTLY what they do’

  31. Peter bought the position in order to protect himself and
    DDP. Both DDP and PP sister were fighting for out come of thei sins. One can see that Peter does not want to investgate the 92 billion but the one which was lost during JB. WHY? PETER Peter has freed Muluzi WHY? Because that is what these Muntharika thieves do. Buy low minded people. Peter is more clever than his brother Bingu. He buys people like Bakili by taking away his case of theft and give his son a positionin Government and appologise to Bakili. He also take back Goode Gondwe. Using such tacts is what most Malwians will think he is better than his brother as a prof they think he is good. Only educated and people who have lived in Europe will know what he is doing. The man has lived in America, a country where democracy is mixed of money and other things. Deferent fromEuropean democracy. The mistake Malawians made is costing them now. If you are not careful it will cost you 10 years. What a failing of a nation. As long as Peter is ruling no donor country will give budget to Malawi.

  32. Peter says:

    We deliberately twist the genesis of cashgate it all started during MCP time look at properties the MCP they accumulated while in power the properties of kamuzu in kasungu,MCP building in lilongwe,blantyre and mbumba houses was that not centrilsed cashgate …..lets deal with issues and not just blame looking at one side….MCP contibuted to this mess from the 70s to 80s please check

  33. mad chicken says:

    This so called cashgate will not end coz we have poor leaders who want to get rich for themselves not to help the people of Malawi.

  34. drzoosie says:

    Big up Wiseman from the East, let us wait for who cashed Lutepo’s cheques at Standard Bank.

  35. drzeus says:

    Big up Wiseman from the East, let us wait for who cashed Lutepo’s cheques at Standard.

  36. john says:

    Well written but too long

  37. Nathan says:

    Mwalemba zowona zenizeni bambo. PP inachoka mu DPP ndipo DPP inachoka mu UDF. Anthu a muzipanizi ndi amodzi. Onse ndi mbala zowophya zomwe zimaphatikiza kuba ndi uchifwamba. Ndiye zomwe zikuchitikazi ndizoseketsa odwala ndithu. Mbala zomwezo zomwe zinayamba Cashgate zatenga ndalama ku dziko la Germany kuti zifufuze, zifufuza chani poti akuba ndiwowo kuphatikiza Kachale yemweyo? Zomwe Kachale akunena ndi zinthu zoti akudziwa kale ngati mmodzi wa mbalazo, sizinthu zoti wachita kufufuza! Pitala ndi anzake omwe ali mubomawa ndi mbala zowophya! Ndichifukwa pakufunika kuti asilikali atenge kaye Boma!

  38. Malawiyano says:

    In Shwahili we say ” sema ” in Bemba we say ” sosa ” in Senga we say ” lawila ” in Tumbuka we say ” yowoya “

    1. ma says:

      Whats that?

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