Leader of the opposition People’s Transformation party (Petra) Kamuzu Chibambo is demanding officials in the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to break the silence and explain about the recent revelations that the party’s president the late Bingu wa Mutharika accumulated a staggering K61billion within eight years in office.
In statement made available to Nyasa Times, Chibambo says the total silence on the part DPP officials is unleashing several questions which can be answered by the DPP officials alone.
“What does the current DPP President, Hon Peter Mutharika know about how this colossal wealth was obtained? This question is relevant bearing in mind that not only was the current DPP President a Senior Cabinet Minister and very close to the deceased but is also a major beneficiary under the late President Will,” says Chibambo.
He says Malawians have not forgotten the late President’s modest endeavors in Lilongwe after his tour of duties in diplomatic circles.
He suggests that some senior cabinet ministers who until last year April were with late President Mutharika but now are in President Joyce Banda administration and holding same cabinet posts in some cases might know something about how this wealth was amassed.
“The further revelation by Hon. Ralph Jooma that the hole they found in the economy rhymes with the huge size of President Bingu’s estate provides an important lead given the fact that the current Minister of Finance held the same post during the DPP regime. So too the current Minister of Transport and Public Works”.
He says it is common knowledge that “a certain construction company” made or used to make payments to the late President whilst the Ministry for public works was under the same line Minister as today.
Chibambo is seeking assurance from President Joyce Banda which she will give the people of Malawi that she is different and that under her administration it is not business as usual.
“Malawians are demanding quick and cogent answers from all the above mentioned failing which their silence will be a damning indictment on the concerned,” he says.