A latest report by London-based influential intelligence publication the Africa Confidential has painted a grim picture for Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the run up to 2019 elections, saying its administration is riddled with widespread corruption, nepotism and infighting.
Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with in-depth news and analysis on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent.
But government spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications, Nicolas Dausi, has rejected the report titled ‘Mutharika’s uncertain future’ as “unfair and baseless.”
The report said by keeping Georger Chaponda , the fires Minister of Agriculture as the DPP second in command, despite facing corruption charges and abuse of public office for his role in the maize deal with Zambia as well as the vast sums of cash found by police in his home “is a measure of how tight a cormer Mutharika is in.”
It also said the appointment of Greselder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey as DPP secretary general who had a corruption case 10 years ago but is currently in court demanding that she be paid K12 billion for wrongful arrest also contributes to DPP’s waning popularity.
The report says “reputation for corruption, nepotism and as a Lhomwe supremacist” has taken hold for the Malawi leader.
Reads the report quoting a source within the ruling party: “ Corruption is endemic. We have senior DPP officials literally forcing parastatals to give them contracts or donations to the party. Once all this strats coming out, the President will be finished.”
The official said those responsible for the blatatnt corruption are now closer to the President than before an have more influence on him.
Apart from Chaponda , the report also mentioned Local Government Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa “ accused of beigng another overnight millionaire and faces allegations of corruption over military procurement.”
Africa Confidential also claims that President Mutharika appointed his nephew Dalitso Kabambe as Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi. But Kabambe denies he is a nephew to Mutharika.
Reacting to the contents of the report, Dausi said accusations of nepotism are “unfair, unmerited and iniquitous.”
He said: “President Professor Mutharika appoints people in his government on merit. The report is unjust, wrong and uiniquitous.”
On maintaining Chaponda as DPP vice president while he is facing charges, Dausi said: “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty by competent court of law.”
The report says several members in Mutharika’s Cabinet and senior officials of DPP who have” become rich overnight” are being investigated by the Anti Corruption Bureau.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :