Catholic body demands Goodall’s head as CSOs say time for Malawians to reclaim destiny

As the civil society organisations seven day ultimatum for Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development
Goodall Gondwe to resign following his role in the  K4 billion constituency development fund has expired, ‘the governance arm of the influential Catholic Church has added its voice to demand the fiscal chief to step down.

Gondwe: Prove to me that I committed a crime otherwise am not stepping down

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) said it noted with concern government’s misallocation of the public funds to the legislators.

CCJP is also calling on President Peter Mutharika to take  appropriate action against the Finance Minister.

In a statement, CCJP said the K4 billion payout to members of Parliament is both “unethical and immoral”.

The body said the way the fund has been handled, it “raises a lot if questions on the integrity and committee Ntaba to good governance by the current regime.”

But  the Finance minister is still clinging to his job and has the backing of State House.

Gondwe is currently consulting the public sector, the private sector, the academia and others over the 2018/19 national
budget.

He has challenged those  making the demands of his resignation, saying unless they prove to him he committed a crime he would not abdicate his office.

The minister could not be drawn to comment on the expiry of the ultimatum by the CSOs, saying he already dealt with the matter when he met the CSO leadership in Lilongwe on Friday.

He told the CSOs that he would not resign because he followed the law to the latter when he brought to parliament the issue of K4 billion and parliament unanimously approved it.

CSOs argue that the K4 billion allocation is illegal and not in  the best interest of Malawians , hence the need to immediately cancel it.

However, spokesperson for the CSOs on the K4 billion, Timothy Mtambo of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) said time to worship impunity is over.

He said the protests will mark the process of Malawians to reclaim their destiny.

”The time for impunity worshiping is over. We have massaged evil for so long. The honeymoon is over,” said tough-talking Mtambo.

He said the CSOs would be looking on how best to mobilise people to demonstrate against the K4 billion and   to force Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe and his counterpart Kondwani Nankhumwa to resign from the Cabinet, an issue that has polarized the nation

Presidential aide on NGOs Mabvuto Bamusi said it is a waste of time and money for the CSOs to mobilise people to make protest matches when the finance minister has explained fully on how the government would ensure that the money is not abused.

Gondwe said the money will go direct to contractors who will be working on unplanned development projects.

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Hatton
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Hatton

It sounds as if CCJP does not understood the issue. CCJP, what happened is that Government made a proposal to undertake various developmental projects in various constituencies chosen by the people in each and every constituency. The proposal was approved by parliament by all members of parliament, including Chakwera. Justin Dzonzi made it clear that MCP and its leadership do not know the operation of parliament. If there is a person that needs to resign, that person is Chakwera. He should resign on grounds of hypocrisy, incompetency and inexperienced. His hyprocrisy has been shamelessly displayed in the approval of the… Read more »

santana
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santana

@Martin You are right to say that it was only Gondwe who has the powers to bring the bill to Parliament. Why bringing it to Parliament instead of just declaring that my ministry is directing that we should distribute this money to these 86 constituencies? The man knew that the procedure is that parliament should first give a nod to the bill before it comes into work. Are you telling me that Chakwera was not in Parliament when this bill was debated and passed? Why did it take him almost 48 hours to make a U-turn? It only shows that… Read more »

Kapwiyo
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Kapwiyo

That caption indicates that Goodall is willing to resign, only when you prove that he committed the crime. Why then can´t the CSOs just bring forth the proof? Is it that hard? Also, that the opposition in parliament is involved in all this, how come they are not being mentioned anywhere? And, am wondering, if this issue is of importance and urgently needs to be sorted, why do the CSOs have to wait until April, a month and some days later to demonstrate?. Wouldn’t it be good to demonstrate while the issue is still ´hot´ or is there something that… Read more »

Malawian
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Malawian

@ kapwiyo.
Koma nkhani mukuimvesa mmene inayambira?. Ndinu munthu omvesa Chisoni kwambiri.

Chidi Mbwengu
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Chidi Mbwengu

How old is gondwe and muthalika? Let them retire their best by dates expired long time ago. Gondwe is just an educated thief together with muthalika. Nankhumwa and gondwe were very much part of mid night six, very stubborn and twisted minds. Those that support gondwe and nankhumwa are dpp functionaries, from bamusi to santana and undule must all be confined to dust bins.

santana
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santana

@Martin Yes, that time they stood for everybody. That was the time when the church was led by people who feared God. That’s why I have mentioned James Chiona(RIP). The bishops we have today are too far from doing God’s work. Instead they are agents of political masters. Bishops of today are there just because the seat cannot be vacant. Not because they work for God, not at all. I am asking these bishops and their CCJP to ask Chakwera why he debated and passed the bill? Did Goodal bring the bill in parliament and debated it and lastly passed… Read more »

Komwatu
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Komwatu

One thing that makes me sad is how the catholic Church has fallen prey to political opportunists. It’s making the church to look like zombies. For how long will people in the opposition abuse and make the church look foolish? Thu Bishops of today asukuluza their saltiness coz of just being used by politicians at will. Lero auzidwa izi, mawa kuputsitsidwa ma politician akadyapo zawo. For Livingstonia Synod it’s understood coz to them it’s a blood problem. Koma a katolika a lerowa banji? Tsono akuzichiotsera ulemu ndiye anthu akayamba kukamba zifooko zawo anthu a Mulunguwa adzalemekezedwanso? Monga tiyambe kukamba mmene… Read more »

Nyasa
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Nyasa

@Komwatu and Santana We are not surprised at your comments and misconception. You may need to be reminded or better still be told that the language that you have used or your party including Mutharika are using is exactly the same language MCP used then when the bishops or Catholic Church objected to its msgovernance and alogance. Nothing has changed with regards to the Bishop’s way of doing things or the way the Catholic Church or PAC have taken on the problems of bad governance and ruling party alogance. What has changed is that we now have DPP as ruling… Read more »

Tiyanjane
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Tiyanjane

Indeed, for Livingstonia, it is in their blood to fight against exploitation of the Welenskys, killings of Dausis and Ntabas when they were in MCP, killings of innocent 20 children Chasowa and Njaunju by DPP. It is in the blood of Livingstonla to stand up against the inhuman thieving that is taking our dear country back to stone age diseal power just because thieves are making money for their campaign. Thank you Livingstonia Synod fir your clean and unselfish blood

Martin
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Martin

No Santana, let’s agree to disagree on this one. The Catholic church back then didn’t stand for everybody but it stood for the truth and the oppressed and the voiceless and that’s excluding the people in power and those that surround them because money and power makes them deaf and blind. Who brought the corrupt bill to parliament in the first place? Who’s got the ultimost power between the minister and those who debated? Can you as Santana bring any bill to parliament for debate? Why not? Because you are a nobody but Goodall is and that’s why he must… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

@ Martin

Don’t waste your time with this DPP follower . Santana is a hard core DPP sycophant. Call him a lunatic if you so wish buddy

Omex70
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Omex70

Thanks Martin for civic educating Satana. Unfortunately he lost beyond redemption. No matter how hard you can civic educate him he can not learn anything. Msiyen akhale choncho.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

If the deputy president, who is catholic and he is inside the party and government, is unable to persuade his colleague to resign, do you think he (Gondwe) will hear your voice. Just let the almighty do His job. He will work via conscious to an extent that the voice inside will be so loud to ignore. Otherwise he will suffer in silence as the nation takes him on. He will retire a lonely man with nothing to live for. Good lord will give a long life so that he can experience the damage he has caused, first hand, to… Read more »

Sugzo
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Sugzo

The Catholic church should spend it’s energy on educating their bishops the world over to stop sexually molesting young boys than getting involved in politics. Why is paedophilia so common among Catholic priests?

Kawawa Chilumba
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Kawawa Chilumba

Goodall Gondwe can steal money even from a dead or wounded person .2005 he introduced new pension formular where people who were retiring due to old age or health ground had to get just a quarter of his/her benefits and Goodall had to take three quarter.Mulungu sachedwa ndiponso safulumira.Now Gondwe punishment has come.He has to go or else we will chase him like a rabid dog

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

If you take people for granted is the simplest way to destabilise a country. Goodall must resign period

Kapwiyo
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Kapwiyo

He says he will, only when you prove that he committed the crime. Why then cant you just bring forth the proof? Somehow shows mulibe umbonitu..

Keny
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Keny

@ kapwiyo

Inu musatikwiyise mwamva. Umboni umene mukufuna upose umene tikudziwa umene azimbuyakowo a kukana. Get lost you fool.

Watematema Mutu
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I personally dont comments on such subjects but have been obliged to just to make Goodall and Government understand the issue at hand. What people are concerned is not compliance to procedure but the motive and intent to appropriate this MK4 billion. In my view plans to get this money was not initially meant for good intent as is being propagated by the so called Government agents but because the secret has been unearthed, then god intents are being bought forward. This is one of the propaganda strategies African Governments like Malawi uses to bury corrupt acts which have been… Read more »

santana
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santana

The secretary for this nonsense body stood for primaries in MCP and failed. Can you first ask your party president why he participated in passing this bill after suggesting for some changes that is from mk40m to mk20m? So this rubbish religious group should pin Chakwera on why he helped passing the bill before knowing the source of this money. Didn’t Gondwe give them time and chance to debate? This silly religious body has been goofing in its decisionS because it works under the influence of MCP a party which its senior members belong. Is it not the same body… Read more »

Martin
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Martin

Santana, wasn’t it the same church that stood against the mcp when it was wrong? Wasn’t it the same church you are badmouthing that paved way to the positions your masters are abusing today ? Is it wrong when someone else is doing it but it becomes right when you are the one doing it? How can a normal person let alone a finance minister give people money before identifying the use of that money? That was 100% bribe between the government through the two ministers and the mps they only changed the tune when when their secret was open.… Read more »

Banda
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Banda

CSOs have become political parties – there is no honesty in what they are talking about. K4bn is for constituencies and political parties including opposition MCP nodded to the disbursement of these funds. What a waste of time trying to score points by claiming government is in the wrong.

Vison
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Vison

You are very dull my friend, cant you see that your masters intetion was to steal all these billions?

Nyasa citizen
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Nyasa citizen

@ Santana.

Please ignore Santana. He is a lunatic..

Zoona a Santana?
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Zoona a Santana?

@ Santana. You are talking about the same Catholic Church that is hugely credited for the re-introduction of multi pluralism in this country while your president was busy enjoying sausage in the US.. Really ? The Catholic Church bleeds to see the democracy that it painfully fought for being wrecked by a person who never contributed anything to the struggle. How would you feel when someone comes to destroy a house you invested so much to build?.. Think twice sycophant Santana.. Uwu ndi mpingo wa Mulungu.. Bingu tried to fight Catholic calling the church names when it issued a pastoral… Read more »

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