AG Silungwe disowns signature on K750m hot payout to Makileni: HRDC asks Malawi govt to probe

Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe is calling for investigations over a signature he claims was forged to be appear to be his  approving the controversial award of over K750 million in an out of court settlement to former Local Government principal secretary Christopher Makileni.

AG Silungwe denies signing the agreement

Silungwe purportedly signed a consent agreement with Makileni amounting to K754 million, including vehicle replacement and fuel amounting to K200 million and K54 million respectively, prompting an immediate backlash

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), through lawyer Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda,  moved to challenge the controversial award.

OPC asked the AG to withdraw the settlement.

But in court documents, which Nyasa Times has seen,  Silungwe is disowning the signature in an application his office filed at the Industrial Relations Court on Wednesday.

The applications seeks to move the court to set aside the consent order.

Reads in part the application dated January 20 2021: “When the consent order, sated August 4 was presented to court for endorsement, there purported to be the Attorney General’s  signature when, in fact, the Attorney General never put his signature on the said consent order.

“Therefore, the consent order was executed through misrepresentation to the court that the consent  order contained the signature of  the Attorney General.”

One of the lawyers for Makileni, Paul Maulidi, insists the consent order still stands , saying it was  dully signed by both the former and current Attorney General.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  chairperson Gift Trapence said government should investigate the controversy surrounding approval of the consent order and  “those that committed crimes, if any, be brought to book.”

Makileni who was redeployed to OPC amid a disciplinary investigation into his role in alleged illegal promotion of district commissioners when he was PS was still on government salary and enjoying vehicle and fuel benefits when he sued for constructive dismissal.

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Tcgh
Tcgh
1 month ago

Why didn’t the AG investigates the 5billion paid to lawyers of Chakwera and Chilima on court case? The amount of money that even lawyers in America or UK could never get such amount in same cases. How did the calculations to payments came about? All taxes from poor Malawians.

Mwalawandere
Mwalawandere
1 month ago

I have been following this case with keen interest!at first silungwe in the nation’s newspaper never denied the consent!he said he said he found the case and there are minutes to it and all he did was to sign!!now we are told he doesn’t know anything about it!but before signing that consent I think there are minutes of the meetings which led to signing of the consent!with the passing of ATI bill I think it’s fair enough if all circumstances leading to the consent are out in public!!otherwise zuonesa chakula ndi nsanje kuti wina awelukapo

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwalawandere

Covid took his brains out

No no no
No no no
1 month ago
Reply to  Zio ine

He he he koma abale

BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwalawandere

This is theft by civil servant, this fellow shouldn’t pocket a penny for being useless.

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwalawandere

Not surprising the guy takes weed

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

Folks, something is wet, sticky, and smells a lot like shit. If the consent order was fake, then many heads should roll. If it was not fake, then the AG should resign immediately and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. At the very least, we ought to know this much: What did the AG know, and when did he know it?

Tonse
Tonse
1 month ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

Exactly. One thing is clear for sure, the consent is genuine and signed by DCS himself. Both Maulidi and Makileni joined UTM as a way to soften their way to the consent. Draining the swamp was just a campaign gimmick after all!

Sindyeka Dekhani
Sindyeka Dekhani
1 month ago
Reply to  Tonse

Chakwera to lose the Presidency if stuff like Silugwe are maintaied in their positions.
He will simy gag Tonse Alliance to Chilima’s delight. Chilima would want to force a constitutional amendment to allow him to stand for Presidency no wonder the type of People joining UTM.

William Chirwa
1 month ago

What this shows is that the system in government is rotten to the core. How many such instances have happened before this and how much have we lost. May be in cases were such huge sums are involved be it at court etc verification maybe telephonically with the authorising officer is required. Bank do that so why not don’t say it’s time consuming as long as its defeats fraud its good

Mpakateni
1 month ago

HRDC you can’t be serious. The matter involves Government and you want the same Government to institute investigation against itself. What do you mean? We know now you are irrelevant and the best you can do is keep quiet. You enemy is no longer in Government and your friends are now in to steal. Why don’t you demand resignation of Silungwe or ask to step aside and carry out the investigation? Politicians who employ their children, sons-in-law etc will never have a second term. Ndaonera pa Trump.

bentby
1 month ago

this guy is a proffessional and transparent one, I adore his work ethics, though there are some cadets who want to destroy his reputation

No no no
No no no
1 month ago
Reply to  bentby

Zomangoti chilichonse ma cadet instead of kukonza zinthu is how u will follow Dpp into the back door. People talk because alumina zoyipa zoned zikuchitika, Malawi ndiwatonse. They are criticising because they love their country. Soon u will find yourselves out of government

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

Sulungwe you had your own treasury heist of MK9billion and you want to deny others to steal as well. Anyway. This is the work of MCP who want you out of that office at all cost

Phwisa
Phwisa
1 month ago

Silungwe is a crook. If it wasn’t for purposes of appeasement, Chakwera wouldn’t have appointed him to such position. Look he allowed to pay hefty amounts to opposition lawyers in the Electoral case knowing he is one of the beneficiaries. In other countries such a stupid thing can’t happen.

Wachiyao
Wachiyao
1 month ago
Reply to  Phwisa
  • Like which countries? Why are you Malawians fond of admiring “other” countries when you don’t even know what happens in those “other” countries? Many of you used have been admiring how civilized “azungu” are. But did you see what the azungu of the USA did, led by the biggest mzungu of the time called Trump? Musamangoti “other countries, other countries”, let’s learn to make our own mistakes, correct our own mistakes, and build our won Malawi based on what we have learned. Not from “other” countries!
BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago

Malawian lawyers, zero ethics. Kuba basi. And for Gods sake what kind of country is this where you can’t fire useless civil servants without rewarding them with billions?

Last edited 1 month ago by BigMan
Khekhi
Khekhi
1 month ago
Reply to  BigMan

Eti big man!!

Ron Mponda
Ron Mponda
1 month ago
Reply to  BigMan

I speak in general terms: there are indeed bad lawyers around but I respectfully ask you not to generalise. Thank you.

Shona
1 month ago

Huuuuuu!The same happened to Peter ‘s account with MRA.Watch what happens to this.

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