CDEDI accuses govt of theft and deceit over Independence Day celebration expenses

Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has written a petition to Secretary to the President & Cabinet, Zangazanga Chikhosi accusing government of theft of public funds released for 2021 Independence Day celebrations expenses.

CDEDI then calls on government to be furnished with an expenditure report, saying their investigations indicate that K238,286,196 was receipted by FDH Bank account number 1970000056939 made on July 2 under the name of Chief Secretary to Government to meet expenses for the Independence Day celebrations.

CDEDI makes this query taking cognizance that chairperson for the celebrations committee, Richard Chimwendo-Banda announced that government had trimmed that the budget from the initial K240 million to around K46 million “due to public outcry to have this year’s celebrations cancelled”.

Zangazanga Chikhosi: SPC

CDEDI executive director, Sylvester Namiwa reminds Zangazanga that “Malawians saw no wisdom in celebrating our independence at a time when we could not afford to procure CoVID-19 vaccines and neither can we afford to stock our public health facilities with essential medicines and drugs”.

“It is against this background at CDEDI is challenging you, sir, to explain to the nation how the Chief Secretary to Government bank account receipted the whole amount for the Independence Day celebrations, an not just the K46 million as earlier indicate by the chairperson for the celebrations.

“This is theft of public funds and deceit of the highest order by government. CDEDI is, therefore, giving you seven days to make public a detailed statement on how the stated funds were used.

“Failure to do so within seven days will leave us with no choice but to invoke the Access to Information Act to ensure that the citizens, who double as taxpayers, have the right to access this public information without undue hindrance.”

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Justice for all
Justice for all
10 months ago

They busy eating even cdedi whatever can say nothing will yield look at hrdc are quiet now their time just leave them 4 years remaining they will come into the street looking for support

Mbwiyembwiye
Mbwiyembwiye
10 months ago

Tinalanda home mmanja kwa mphaka nkuponyera galu!!!

Chathengo
Chathengo
10 months ago

Asking information and at the same time accusing the government. It’s like he has already made a decision and then also asking something he is already aware of

F. B.
F. B.
10 months ago

Where is HRDC? Good move CDEDI.
ACB Madam Martha I think this is also your job
Please probe.

Kadeti ku ma standard
10 months ago

Sylvester Namiwa thinks if he makes noise he will be appointed as a diplomat. The dpp spokesman..

Robson Chendawaka
Robson Chendawaka
10 months ago

Dpp cadet, awuzeni agogo anu aja kuti abweze ndalama zomwe anaba before one day ya zolengeza za chisankho atadziwa kuti aluza one trillion tikuifuna

patriotic writer and reviewer

Kikikiki…. mwatchera kumwezi nkhanga za Dempepe zaona!!!

Phillemon
10 months ago

Executive arrogance of the highest order. Koma Tonse Alliance yalawilatu kuchulutsa ma blunder. Kuthere 5 yrs nanga.

Mboba
Mboba
10 months ago

Tonse Yikuba osati masewela

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