Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has added his voice in demanding the Joyce Banda government to name all suspects involved in the Cashgate scandal after an audit revealed K13 billion was embezzled from state coffers.
A much-awaited report by British auditors — commissioned by President Joyce Banda — showed this week that K13 billion ($30 million) was stolen in six months from April to September in 2013, her second year in office. That equates to more than one percent of GDP, in one of the world’s poorest countries where life expectancy is just 54 years.
The government has shielded the names of those accused in the scandal, saying it fears prejudicing ongoing or future trials.
But Chakwera has described the non-disclosure of names in the report which has been made public as a scandal in it.
“To produce a forensic audit report that doesn’t name the persons and offices involved publicly is a great insult to me and the Malawian people and is a scandal in itself. I am calling on Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Hilda Banda to show leadership on this issue,” said Chakwera in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.
In his statement entitled ‘Enough is enough’, the MCP president want full disclosures of all suspects.
“I request, as a Malawian citizen, that there be complete transparency. I am calling for a complete disclosure of all names and offices responsible for this Malawian tragedy. They must be held accountable to the laws of Malawi and the people of Malawi. Enough is enough,” said Chakwera.
He pointed out that the forensic audit has just confirmed what Malawians already knew, that money was stolen.
“How long will we tolerate such foolishness and debauchery? How long will we let Malawians die as we sit idly by doing nothing? How long will we work hard, pay taxes only to see our taxes stolen and spent on personal extravagance?
“We cannot blame the western governments or anyone else for what is happening in Malawi. We must look in the mirror and ask: is this the Malawi that the freedom fighters gave their lives for? Enough is enough,” adds the statement.