CSOs drag Blantyre City Council to court over mayor’s house

Civil society organisations under the banner Human Rights Defenders Forum (HRDF) have taken the Blantyre City Council to court for illegal sell of the mayor’s residence to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Chanza: We will meet in court

The forum vice chairperson Gift Trapence said lawyer Wesley Mwafulirwa has gone to court after the assembly failed to respond to the CSOs letter demanding information on how the council sold the mayor’s residence to the DPP.

“The whole process of selling the house to the DPP smacks of corruption and favoritism. The council did not follow public procurement laws,” said Trapence.

He said the residence was not advertised in the local press asking for interested people to buy it as the public procurement laws demand nor was there any tender but the council just negotiated with the DPP in closed door meetings and the deal was done.

Trapence  said public institutions and public officers should not abuse their powers by doing things contrary to the law as was the case with the selling of the mayor’s residence to the DPP.

He argued that the purported sale smacks of corruption, unfair favouring of one political party, money-laundering, breach of public trust and breach of public procurement laws.

BCC chief executive officer Alfred Chanza said they will not respond to the  CSOs query and are ready to meet them in court.

However, Trapence said the CSOs have not taken the DPP to court over the matter.

“It is up to the lawyer to decide on whether it is necessary to take the DPP to court or not, then he will inform us,” he said.

The DPP is also embroiled in another scandal after an Indian businessman Jameer Karim deposited a K145 million “donation” into a DPP bank account whose sole signatory is president Peter Mutharika soon after getting K2.8 billion from the scandalous police food ration deal.

Youth and Society has gone to the Supreme Court to ask the court extend the freezing of the K145 million from both the DPP and Pioneer Investments until the trial is heard and concluded on the matter.

According to a leaked November 2017 Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) report, a day after the supplier deposited K2.793 billion payment from Police for supplying 500 000 ration packs, the company transferred K145 million to the DPP Standard Bank account on April 13 2016.

Between January and October 2016, President Peter Mutharika “made cheque withdrawals amounting to K65 million from the said Standard Bank account,” the Bureau report says.

CSOs said they have it on record from  the  publicity secretary of DPP Nicholas Dausi who admitted that the money used to make the purchase of the mayor’s house  came from an illegal and dubious political funding from Pioneer Investments.

Following pressure from the public, the DPP reportedly returned the money to Pioneer Investments.

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Namkafumbwe
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mmmmmm enough guys!!!!shut up ua stupid mandibles u siblings of chilima.U a going to die with ua tribe like zisilu.Mmmmmm ANGONI mwanya basi u a minorities don’t forget this

Tenzi Mzungu
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Tenzi Mzungu

Who is DPP in this story? Some information is missing

Bishop Msusa
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Ndale za Chilima zachibwana chanchombolende.
Angoni game mwachepa nayo wawa.

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Leaders are role models who shape the behaviour of their followers. If you have a corrupt leader don’t expect followers to be saints. Remember, not very long ago Malawian cried foul over how Lilongwe City Council sold houses at below their market values to politically connected individuals, one of them being the president himself. My heart bleeds at how the mighty continue to tramp on the weak, the very people they misuse their taxes. Our president has fallen victim to his unsatiable greed. Old as he is, he still crave for more despite the fact that Malawians will continue to… Read more »

Operation Ntchosa Mbavas
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Operation Ntchosa Mbavas

WAKUBAYOOOOOOOOOO again? And again? And again? And again? Phweeee am tired of calling these thieves WAKUBAYOOOOOOOOOO yet these thieves are not tired of stealing😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
NOW everytime we hear about these blue thieves we should just laugh n say it load WAKUBAYOOOOOOOOOO! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

StErt
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StErt

Probe all housr sales by Blantyre City Assembly for the past 10 years…Also look at the plt beneficiaries Over the same period…

Malekula
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Malekula

Koma DPP ndi mbava zoopsya. And some seem not to appreciate What the CSO are doing. It is good.for.the country. Sikuti chipani chikakhala mboma chizipanga zakufuna kwakeyi. Shupiti.

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

You within your rights! Drag them drag them

chimanga Chaponda
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DPP siidzatheka. Singaphunzilebe?

Stoned
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Stoned

CSO slow down this hatred isnt good for your wellbeing in medical circles..

Wiki leak
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Wiki leak

What do you mean ‘slow down ‘

Mchacha the Terrorist
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Mchacha the Terrorist

Shame on you thug. Enemy of the state, mankind and morality is what you are and what you represent . You are so careless and wasted citizen of malawi with no sense of morality . Why is DPP theft and stupidity be ok with you?. Shame

Hard Truth
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Hard Truth

They are not CSOs. It’s Trepance and Mtembo. These are Mtumbukas and not CSOs because they don’t represent the views of all CSOs in Malawi. So it’s wrong to call them CSOs.

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