The National Anti-Corruption Alliance (NACA) has demanded that a thorough lifestyle audit be done on the staff working at the State House, arguing some officials have accumulated unexplained wealth within a short period of time.
NACA chairperson Moses Mkandawire made the sentiments on Thursday during the National Anti-Corruption Dialogue currently underway at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Mkandawire – who is also the executive director for the Church and Society Programme of the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP – said the alliance has got information about some State House officials who, sing the name of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, are blackmailing unsuspecting businesspeople in town.
He challenged that Malawi cannot win the battle against graft unless the fight starts at the State House where officials have become overnight billionaires.
“We have the names of those people. We will go after you very shortly,” he warned.
Mkandawire also disclosed that the alliance has a list of officials who are involved in corrupt practices at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services and the Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services, among others.
“You, too, are on our target list. And shortly, we will catch you. We are not leaving any stone unturned in exorcising this nation of this evil called corruption. That’s why it’s our position that lifestyle audit should start with officials at the State House,” he said.
The call comes after some officials close to President Chakwera are going around blackmailing businesspersons especially of Asian origin in the name of the President.
“Two weeks ago, a communications and information official claiming to be working for State House blackmailed a construction company Director to part with millions of kwachas to be given to the President or else face corruption charges,” a close source confided.