Cash-rich Minister Nankhumwa asked to explain his ‘sudden wealth’

The  cash handouts and  donation of   an ambulance to Mulanje district hospital, two motor cycles to Police  station in Mulanje and 300 bicycles  by Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa has sparked outrage with critics asking the cash-rich minister to explain the source of his “sudden wealth”.

Cash-rich Nankhumwa

Nankhumwa  said  the donation to his Mulanje Central constituency was worth K23 million  but  observer say the figure  could be around K40 million  and the minister has since  come under intense fire to explain the source of his multimillion donations.

Critics have described it as an “obscene display of wealth”.

Mustapha Hussein, a University of Malawi’s (Unima) Chancellor College (Chanco)  political and administrative issues analyst  has said Nankhumwa should be accountable on his mind boggling wealth.

“Because of the huge amount of money, one needs to explain,” Hussein said in quotes reported by The Daily Times.

“There must be evidence that the money is coming from his pocket, otherwise the amount that has been spent raises suspicion because comparing to earnings there should be an initiatives to compare how much he gets,” the academician said.

The paper also quoted Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) executive director Dalitso Kubalasa saying Nankhumwa should explain the source of his money.

“It is always fair and proper to come out clean to say where the money is coming from to dispel any rumour. Such money could be part of some money laundering activities so it’s fair to be transparent otherwise a spirit of sharing is a welcome development,” Kubalasa said.

A watchdog called Independent Commission on Accountability and Transparency (iCAT) is said to gather more information on Nankhumwa wealth.

The watchdog is wondering how Nankhumwa has amassed a spectacular fortune while earning a salary of K1,608.

Icat was launched by law barrister Allan Z. Ntata who had previously worked at Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and also served as late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s legal advisor.

The watchdog is there to ensure to promote transparency, accountability, integrity and access to information at all levels of society in the fight against graft in Malawi.

Malawians are  taking to social media to ridicule the cash-rich minister.

“Tales of abrupt opulence,” wrote one Favour Munyapa on Facebook.

Malawi is reeling from a mass corruption scandal christened as Cashgate which London based auditors  RSM (formerly Baker Tilly) revealed about K13 billion was lost from 2012.

About K236 billion was lost from 2005.

And Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, George Chaponda, is facing investigations on the purchase of maize from Zambia which is suspected to have corruption election.

Chaponda said his involvement was minimal and denied wrongdoing in the matter.

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Rift Valley
4 years ago

The ACB says sudden change of life style is a possible sign of corruption and warrants investigations. Please let’s not have this nonsense about salaries, allowances etc.

Concerned citizen
4 years ago

He should be suspended to pave way for investigations. Just a thought, as we have started 2017 on a good note as far as governance is concerned.

4 years ago


Mcp die hard
4 years ago

Husein are you normal? Did you really go to school.Kamuzu and his crocodile party messed our minds. For this country to move forward the best way is for all those who tested Kamuzu rule until 1994 should for
You mean a Malawian who wants to be rich should be investigated?
Malawi Malawi Malawi tizafika kuti. Even you Husein you can’t think as a human being. A dog thinks better than you

4 years ago

Mavuto akadalipo kuno ku Malawi.

Chit a achy chia HichyChijachi
Chit a achy chia HichyChijachi
4 years ago

Abale bwanji osangonena pa zomwe mwawerenga? Muli Ku Malawi konkuno kapena kunja? Dzulodzuloli mwamva testimony Kaloinga Stambuli kunena za PP mom we idabera ndalama m boma. Ndiye munganene za DPP, shame on you

4 years ago

That’s too silly thinking. How many people are getting rich and you question them Why not question Chakwera who is also a millionaire.
Malawians when are we going to be positive and not jealousy. Even an analyst coming in for what you idiot.
How many people are building mansions yet you don’t question them.
As yourself why are you getting poor to balance up
Silly Malawians. You can’t survive in America with that thinking. There are millionaires but nobody will question Have you been told that moneybus missing in Government
Nankhumwa has worni Lottery so what? You fools

4 years ago
Reply to  Bandulo

He is a public officer for christs sake

4 years ago

#malawi for sale

mwana akalira dpp mpatsen dip
mwana akalira dpp mpatsen dip
4 years ago

do us fava mr nankumwa

4 years ago

Mwina mkuluyu analowa mpingo ujawo wa Mbusa wachinyamata olemera kwambiri ujatu.

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