Chakwera says the law will deal with DPP’s ‘rubble of corruption’: Vows to give Malawians ‘dignity and development’

President Lazarus Chakwera says he is shocked with the level of economic plunder by the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime, vowing to “clear the rubble” of corruption and asking Malawians to trust that he will deliver on his promises.

Chakwera has said government will not let those who took part in economic plunder go scot free.

In his address to the nation on Saturday night, Chakwera has underscored that his government will not let those who took part in the economic plunder, theft and corruption go scot free.

Chakwera said he does not want to be seen to target political rivals in his anti-corruption drive, but rather, will let the law take its course.

“Other people think we choose who to arrest; that’s not our style. We’ll allow the responsible authorities to do their job. State agents would operate depending on what evidence they have, but we’ll not push them to do something,” Chakwera said.

The Malawi leader said he has discussed with Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Titus Mvalo SC to expedite such cases without considering the offenders’ status.

In his address, Chakwera said he wants to create an environment in which every institution functions freely, independently.

Chakwera, who won a historic victory over Peter Mutharika in June, urged Malawians to trust that he will deliver on his promises.

The President said he will reduce the presidential motorcade to not more than 10 and that no new vehicles should be procured for him. Government already procured an official vehicle for the President when he was elected.

Chakwera  also spoke against the tendency of giving out allowances to civil servants adding that the practice has created loopholes for looting government resources.

Government has launched investigations into some of the deals agreed by the previous government, suspending contracts.

On awarding of contracts, Chakwera said his government is committed to ensuring transparency in procurement processes.

He called on all Malawians to take part in fighting corruption and protecting the country’s resources.

Chakwera said democratic principles should give Malawians the dignity and development they deserve.

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2 Buses 2 Clubs
2 Buses 2 Clubs
8 months ago

Question. So Mutharika claimed he donated 2 buses to the 2 football clubs. But made government pay for the buses. That is theft of public funds as government did not donate the buses. Is Mutharika going to be held accountable and if he is then what happens to his coconspirator Rashy Gaffar? After all he is your Minister?

Speak Truth To Power
Speak Truth To Power
8 months ago

Your Excellency All your pronouncements would be creditable if in your cabinet you had not appointed mediocre and corruption tinted Ministers. What you say about fighting corruption is not borne out by the corrupt Ministers and the tribalism and nepotism. You talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. You are no doubt well meaning but how can we take you seriously when you have Rashy Gaffar as Minister? The same Rashy Gaffar who conspired with Mutharika for government to pay for 2 buses which Mutharika claimed Mutharika had donated to football clubs? How can you have a failed shabeen… Read more »

Zagwazatha
Zagwazatha
8 months ago

Mr president if you really want to clear the rubble please start with government (Tonse government officials). Malawians until today would like to see Cashgate and Jetgate Leader (JB) come openly and tell citizens how the money were looted under her administration. Malawi was supposed, if really wants a clear government of no corrupt rubles, not employed or hired children or relatives of those implicated to corrupt scandals to government jobs/tenders. By that ll see Malawi moving forward from this stigma.

Mwini muzi
8 months ago

Good intentions to look back, investigate and prosecute successfully. There must be a good business case to spend money in order to recover money or else it will be a futile exercise. Focus should also be on installing risk controls in the systems and revising policies and procedures to get them aligned to support the risk controls. Government will have to spend half of Malawi’s budget on this for such changes don’t come cheap.

Sue
Sue
8 months ago

Tired of these repeated lines.

Phiri
Phiri
8 months ago

Call is political persecution until Joyce Banda is in prison and Ralph Kasambara is in prison. Also arrest Gaffar and Fatchi for funding MCP and UTM campaign using money stolen from government

Kasim
Kasim
8 months ago
Reply to  Phiri

I shudder at hearing such kind of useless claims. Those claim to have stolen have been there when you were ruling. If you knew they had cases why didn’t you arrest them. This kind of foolishness should stop

Advisor
Advisor
8 months ago

Very encouraging Mr president but may you establish this as a Govt policy not to buy expensive vehicles unnecessarily. Parastatal and Govt CEOs and directors are buying themselves prados and 4×4 vehicles every now and again.. Let Govt officials use simple vehicles coz they are usi ng tax payers money. Onanipo so apa boss

True
True
8 months ago

Excellent – fight corruption the rest will fall in. We praise God!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

That’s my president and kind of leader the country has been crying for. Mr president, will you please look into the possibility of getting rid of some state houses as that’s another drain on our already frigile resources. Malawians (@ least the majority) are really proud of having you and Chilima at the top of government. God bless you and our beloved nation.

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