Chakwera won’t allow State House officials to do ‘a Chisale’: Presidential aides wealth to be unmasked

Presidential press secretary Brian Banda  has said President Lazarus Chakwera administration would not allow some people to take away what belongs to Malawians and that his aides will not be involved in wrongful self-enrichment like in the previous administration, saying he has set an example by declaring his wealth to the Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations.

Banda said Chakwera has already shown commitment to ensure government becomes more transparent and accountable than before.

Banda was responding to questions from a journalist during State House weekly briefing held virtually on Monday.

Responding to a question on government’s seizure  of property from former president Peter Mutharika’s bodyguard, Norman Chisale, which include  78 cars and 21 houses and buildings in prime locations and that Chisale’s day of reckoning has come, whether controls have been put in place to ensure that this does not continue in the new era, Banda  said the Chakwera administration has already shown commitment to ensure government becomes more transparent and accountable than before.

The question pressed Banda based on stories that abuses are  already walking around the corridors of  State House and whether presidential aides have declared their assets so the public should know what personal property they have and what the source of their income has been thus far, so that when we suddenly begin to see them buying expensive cars and build posh houses – the public should be satisfied that the source of the money is not from wrongful enrichment.

Apparently, State Residences is one of the government agencies that is heavily funded but is also embroiled in matters of over-spending.

Banda said most of the presidential aides have declared their assets and others are doing the same.

“A lot have declared  their assets. We ae still hitting the ground,  a lot of them are yet to declare their assets but the majority of them are declaring their assets,” said Banda.

He added: “The President has made a great example for  declaring his assets.”

Banda said there is “a lot of gatekeeping here at the  Palace; be assured President Chakwera is committed to making sure every cent is accounted for.”

Commentators have argued that transparency and accountability can only be the solution to impunity of wrongful enrichment.

“We need to put to effective use the Public Officers (Declaration of Assets, Liabilities and Business Interests) Act, 2013. If the Act does not include the President’s gatekeepers, then we must review it to ensure it does,” commented one social media influencer Onjezani Kenani on his post on Facebook.

Chakwera assets

In his declaration form submitted on September 17 2019, Chakwera indicated that he had K43 million cash in various bank accounts, including one in the United States of America. The local banks holding Chakwera’s cash included FDH Bank (K27 486 584), National Bank of Malawi plc (K3 486 362.40), First Capital Bank plc (K1.3 million) and Wells Fargo USA ($15 000 or K11.2 million).

In terms of real estate, Chakwera declared a house in Area 49 Shire in Lilongwe built in 1988 with valued construction cost of K4 million. He said the project was funded by a loan from New Building Society, NBS Bank’s forerunner.

He also declared his private residence in Area 6 in Lilongwe built in 2019 and valued at K100 million. He said it was funded by an Opportunity Bank loan, his salary and gratuity.

Besides assets held in his name, Chakwera also declared houses owned by his immediate family, including a house in Area 49 valued at K30 million and that it was procured with a loan and terminal benefits from Air Malawi. The member of the immediate family owning the property is identified as Reverend Mwasinga.

Chakwera’s wife, Monica, declared a house in Lilongwe’s Area 10 valued at K80 million and constructed in 2008. He said it was jointly financed by a mortgage and sale of houses in Area 15 and Area 3 in Lilongwe.

He also declared Kapiri 2 Farm in his Malembo Village in Lilongwe which, he said, he inherited from his family. He also declared another plot at Nyangulu Village, Traditional Authority Makanjira in Salima purchased at K1 million from his gratuity.

Chakwera also declared a fleet of vehicles owned by him personally and his immediate family.

The vehicles include a Mercedes Benz saloon registration BS 1835 bought in 2014 at K4.5 million using a bank loan, a Range Rover registration MC 9664 worth K9 million bought in 2017 with a bank  loan and Isuzu truck registration LL 2901 valued at K18 million purchased in 2014 with a bank loan.

He also declared two vehicles he received as gifts; namely a Hummer registration MC 20 he said he received in 2014 and a Toyota Hilux single cab he was given by a well-wisher in 2018.

Chakwera  also declared to have received another vehicle, Toyota Prado TX. However, the President did not declare who his benefactors were for the vehicles.

In his declaration, Chakwera also included motor vehicles owned by his son Nick, daughters Violet Mwasinga and Tapiwa Kampondeni and son-in-law, Sean Chitsanzo Kampondeni.

The President also said he signed a K50 million car loan with FDH Bank through Parliament.

Upon ascending to the office of President  in June, Chakwera resubmitted declaration contains updated information.

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1 year ago

Too late bwana Brian Banda

Chikopa cha Mbuzi
1 year ago

Ambwiye che Chakwela, basis mwalemera kwambiri koposa Ahebri 13:5. Kodi Kampondeni ndi mpongozi wanu? Munamwadi Bukhu Lopatulika chifukwa naye David amatenga apa phata kumakanyambita nawo za kunyumba ya chifumu. Zabwino zonse kumeneko.

1 year ago

Rev Chakwera, Pastor Kampondeni…remember one guy called prophet Bushiri…wavina in ‘riches’ as much as he could, at the expense of the poor, albeit in a different way but even if you decide to to shield him now, coz you are doing the same things, and somehow you can now identify him as birds of the same feathers…know one thing that nthawi ya bushiri yatha, he will still account with or without your involvement…and inunso you will account right here on earth…ma ‘prophetic’office anuwo that you carry for God’s people, ndiwovuta koopsya. Listen again to Father Emmanuel Mlenga’s song ‘kukachebere’. Osakomedwa… Read more »

ZIOne izi
ZIOne izi
1 year ago

Chakwera has been charmed and he does not see the thieves at state house.
kalumbu a known serial thief and fraudstar
Kachama assisted Karim steal billions of ration money.
Sean Kampondeni has a criminal enterprise where he is soliciting bribes from indians for contracts

1 year ago

Chakwera doesn’t have to allow, they are already enriched themselves. If you want to know, just ask MRA or these local hotels they will tell you.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mazgu

I cannot get anything here! What are you saying?

1 year ago

Some things are better done than spoken. Most leaders starts with good intentions but as power builds so is greed.

We will give you our benefit of doubt Mr. President.

Osaopa III
1 year ago

Any normal declaration by a normal Malawian should not take two days. Unless that normal Malawian has an abnormal declaration to make. Normal equals just a little norman paulosi chisale!

Ginimbi the Millionaire
Ginimbi the Millionaire
1 year ago

Mr. President, just know that news outside here believes that you have your own Chisales at your State House in the name of Brian Banda and Sean Kampondeni. Take care you are quickly losing your plot. People believe that you are hearing from these two and you are being mislead.

1 year ago

Mr talk talk. Meanwhile Sean kampondeni and mkaka are busy facilitating corruption with Indians, buying plots and fancy cars on civil service salaries.musatibowe

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