CSO calls for Malawi presidential jet sale probe: Cdedi against selective justice

A civil rights group Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (Cdedi) has called for a probe into the sale of a presidential jet by the Joyce Banda administration in 2013.

Namiwa:  No selective justice

Cdedi says the Lazarus Chakwera government must probe the matter despite the fact that Banda is part of the Tonse alliance led government.

Acting executive director for the organization, Sylvester Namiwa says he is surprised that the current administration is only focusing on tracking down ills allegedly committed by the immediate past Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  regime only when it was obvious that some people connected to the Tonse Alliance government are equally culpable..

“Cdedi further wants truth exposed on the Mponela bed-gate scandal where beds were reportedly moved at night from Mponela Hospital to Mzimba District Hospital,” he said.

Former state vice president Khumbo Kachali, who is now in Tonse alliance was allegedly involved in the bedgate.

Namiwa said Chakwera’s administration should avoid advancing selective justice.

“As the Tonse Alliance [government] is busy cleaning up the mess the country is in, CDEDI would like to add onto the list the following issues that generated public interest in the past, but were not conclusively investigated and dealt with. The Tonse Alliance government should consider probing the sale of the presidential jet, which was bought by the late Bingu Wa Mutharika administration in 2009. The presidential jet was sold by the former president Dr. Joyce Banda’s administration, but Malawians need to know how the proceeds from this deal benefitted the country,”  said Namiwa.

He further urges government to consider compensating Malawians who sustained injuries and lost property during the one-year demonstrations between May 2019 and May 2020.

The victims launched complaints at various police stations, but they are yet to be served.

Namiwa says CDEDI believes the Tonse government stance on cleaning up Malawi can only be taken seriously if the current administration was seen to be striking a balance in pursuing issues that involve both the current and previous regimes, and not the selective justice we are currently witnessing.

The Presidential Executive Assistant and Press Secretary, Sean Kampondeni, referred Nyasa Times to the Minister of Information Gospel Kazako who was not available for a comment.

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Dengu
Dengu
2 months ago

Why are we hearing nothing of the Midnight Six?

Neno
Neno
2 months ago

NOT NOW MY FRIEND… WHERE WERE YOU ALL THIS TIME WHEN DPP WAS IN GOVERNMENT WITH THAT ISSUE.
LETS SORT OUT THIS ISSUE ABOUT THE MONEY THAT YOUR MASTERS HAVE STOLEN THE PAST 6 YEARS TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS

Chipato mike
Chipato mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Neno

Inu Ndiye tikugwirizana chifukwa asanabadwe chakwela panali apitala bwanji simumawakumbutsa apitala anu kuti afufuze iwenso ukuti namiwa ndiiwe wakuba ukunena pano ukufuna funding ya azungu adziti ukugwira ntchito

Mwini muzi
2 months ago

Cases never die. In America,FBI still reopens files of cases that reached dead end without logical conclusions. In Kenya, victims of torture and murder by the British colonial masters received reparations not immediately in the Jomo Kenyatta’s government, but many years later in the Kibaki’s government. In Malawi, activists tried to claim the same during APM government many years later after successive governments of Dr HKB, Muluzi, Bingu and JB. Therefore nothing wrong to unearth what happened to the sales proceeds of the jet.

Kambewa Ngozo
2 months ago

Foseki
You kept quite for 6 years and now you are making noise. Infact Mbuyanu Uja wopanda Mamu Mkamwa left the the issue as there there was no evidence to implicate JB.
Mind you APM is a proffesser. The issue with the sale affected some of the top DPP officials involved in maize gate.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 months ago

Why didn’t you ask stinking dpp government to investigate? They were in office for 6 years (including the stolen year) and DID NOT find anything or unless they were busy STEALING THEMSELVES.

Nabetha
Nabetha
2 months ago

‘phwando la akakowa’

Ritchie
Ritchie
2 months ago

Usaiwale kut palibe cchipani chomwe Hina panga chtukuko kuposa DPP

kanchenga
kanchenga
2 months ago

Foolishness abounds in Malawi. The bed gate is not an issue of stealing. It was relocation of resources from one hospital to another probably to impress the Donors who were visiting the receiving hospital

D THONDOYA
D THONDOYA
2 months ago

Makes sense .

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
2 months ago

DPP were at odds with JB for a long time, if DPP knew that JB had a case to answer on the sale of the jet they would have investigated it……please President Chakwera do not get distracted by these DPP mercenaries masquerading as human rights activists.

The Tonse alliance priority as far as clearing the rubble is concerned should be the corruption that happened during the past 6 years….

Wawa
Wawa
2 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

Any corruption done will be investigated even for the past 10 years. Sorry, Malawi is now changed for the better. Anyone involved in corruption will be investigated.

Chilima game yagona
Chilima game yagona
2 months ago

Never made sense to sale a jet and use proceeds to buy maize or MDF weapons. JB must account for the proceeds. Why was the sale not done through open tender? Was it cleared by the public assets disposal board?

Ollen
Ollen
2 months ago

DPP was in better position to look into this ,why didn’t it invesgate the issue in the first place? Tonse alliance must start with the past regime doings in the last 5yrs ndizomwe zili pamphuno.

The Dangerous Protocol.
The Dangerous Protocol.
2 months ago

Kikkkkkk mwati izi ndi zitiso?

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