Chairperson of the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) Bishop James Tengatenga has said the financial mess at Capital Hill is not reason enough for President Joyce Banda to resign or ousted as suggested by some civil society organizations including the Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama).
Civil Society leaders have been calling the Malawi leader to return home from the United States to address the looting of public funds reported at Capital Hill, but the revered Bishop argued should be allowed to clear the crisis.
He praised the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Malawi Police Service for swiftly coming to arrest some of allegedly involved civil servants claiming they lead to the arrest of more perpetrators.
“The President cannot make any arrests herself. What to expect is that she should act on the reports gathered through these arrests; otherwise it is not good to politicize everything.
“We need to get to the bottom of the problem because theft in government has been there and we only need a decisive decision to curb the malpractice not caressing it. The ouster will not help matters at all,” said Tengatenga.
He also condemned the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), which is said to be archaic, hence the current plunder of public resources by civil servants.
The Police and the ACB in the past two weeks have arrested a number of public officers from the Office of the President and Cabinet and Accountant General’s Office for being found with chunks of unexplained cash in millions.
Meanwhile, CSOs under the umbrella of the Grand Coalition are planning to launch “black Monday” when people will be required to dress in black, symbolizing a nation in mourning.
Their appeal goes to all public officers, non-government organizations, chiefs, communities and all Malawians in general in pursuit of an accountable government in the wake of “the now stinking high-level corruption”.