CSOs give Malawi President Mutharika 14 days to resign over ‘policegate’

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Forum (HRDF), are calling for the resignation of President Peter Mutharika within 14 days  and are asking  Malawians across the world have been urged to work in unison for the love of their country by signing a petition with a hash tag #mutharikamustgo to force the Prsident to step down as for being embroiled in a K145 million corruption syndicate now being referred to as ‘police-gate.’

CSOs call for justice in ‘policegate’ scandal

The CSOs made the call at a news conference in Lilongwe  on Sunday after  a leaked Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) document suggests President Peter Mutharika may have benefitted from K145 million that a supplier deposited in a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account for which he is the sole signatory.

The money is suspected to be part of proceeds of payment from Malawi Police Service (MPS) to Pioneer Investments—a firm owned by Zameer Karim and  the ACB suspects fraudulently supplied food rations after  the bill was inflated from the contract price of K2.327 billion to K2.8 billion days after it was signed in August 2015.

Addressing reporters,  Reverend Macdonald Sembereka, Timothy Mtambo, Gift Trapence and Billy  Mayaya , the HRD said while they have consistently made calls for transparency and accountability, to date, now of their calls have been heeded by the current government.

HRDF said the situation has, instead, proliferated as evidenced by the most recent revelation of continued plunder of taxpayers’ money.

“We are shocked though not surprised by the recent recent MK2 793 087 500 involving the State President of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, Malawi police and Pioneer Investment owned by Mr. Zameer Karim,” said Mayaya  while reading  a statement titled ‘Call to the President of Malawi, Arthur Peter Mutharika to resign’.

“Amid growing concerns of plunder of public resources by the country’s political masters and great suspicion that the same could actually been sanctioned by the high office of the land, we feel vindicated by the most recent revelations that the Malawi Police Service (MPS) has suffered from a scheme that was aimed at nothing but to defraud  it by its own people and unscrupulous traders.”

Among others, the rights defenders want call for the immediate amendment of Section 91(2) of the Republican Constitution in order to remove the President’s immunity from investigation and possible prosecution.

HRDF also calls upon the Speaker of the National Assembly “to convene parliament as a matter of urgency, and commence impeachment proceedings. We further call upon national treasury to provide the requisite financial resources.”

According to HRDF, they “are calling upon all Malawians of good will to sign a petition on calling on the State President to go. #mutharikamustgo.”

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Chithupsya
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Chithupsya

Csos are mere empty tins . This is how they bring food on their tables. They fail in one thing and start noise on another.

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Some CSOs are interesting, they only bark when an allegations about government and its officials are cooked up by malawi’s own Comeys. CSOs it’s time now to embark on preventive route than what you are doing. One way of being preventive is to scrutinize deals between government and private sectors and also deals between private sectors. It’s not only taxpayers money you should be concerned with rather be concerned with the corruption culture whether it involves taxpayers money or not. How many times have people complained about an obscenely expensive house being constructed at maula location? We understand the cost… Read more »

MTUMBUKA
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MTUMBUKA

#MLOMWE MUST GO

LIPHAVA NAMANDWA .NGOLINGOLIWA
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LIPHAVA NAMANDWA .NGOLINGOLIWA

Muthalika was appointed by God. Though shall not insult the Lord’s anointed. Even if akulubwa-lubwa za MK145 million. Touch not HIS anointed…

Baba Maduapera
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Baba Maduapera

#mutharikamustgo#

Hawa
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Hawa

Let the ballot decide. Don’t bring CHAOS in our peaceful country. Musathawe chisankho by trying to give the opposition an easy show.

Martin
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Martin

It might be sensible as it may look and sound to call upon parliament to meet and start impeachment proceedings; but which parliament are we talking about here? This parliament is full of politicians who cares more of themselves than people they pretend to represent, look at what happened on police IG and mbc vote, do you expect anything different from idiots who doesn’t love their country? Dpp gurus has and are stealing billions everyday to enrich themselves and buy anyone who stand for the truth hence the reason our parliament has been rendered useless today. Using illegal government tenders… Read more »

Fatima
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Fatima

Join the discussion…mmmmmh wht u saying is too harsh , how shud us Malawians know who to vote when all politicians are thieves

Mwiri
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Nanga JB atani ndi ndege ija anaba ija?

EUROPEANS
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EUROPEANS

MUTHARIKA MUST GO! MUTHARIKA MUST GO!! MUTHARIKA MUST GO!!!

DPP
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DPP

#Muntharikamustgo!

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