DPP guilty of a crime worse than Cashgate: Don’t forgive thieves, looters

There are quite a few of them around. They do nothing of note other than seeking publicity and speaking for their masters. Do not be cheated about their agenda. There is no free lunch. They are lucratively remunerated for making that noise. One mercenary briefcase non-governmental organisation (NGO) is Malawi Watch, owned by Billy Banda.

DPP members of parliament Sammer Suleman,  Charles Mchacha and executive member Francis Mphepo 

Malawi Watch is a political construct from the Bakili Muluzi administration. Like all owners of briefcase NGOs in the country, Banda is founder, CEO, spokesperson, messenger and watchman—all rolled up in one person—of Malawi Watch. You don’t see anything else this NGO does apart from sanitising and mopping up the mess created by its political masters.

When Muluzi left and DPP came on the scene, Banda quickly morphed into a DPP stooge. He became a strong supporter and defender of the Bingu regime and later APM’s administration. In between the Bingu and APM’s administrations, as a DPP bootlicker Banda was an acidic critic of the JB administration.

Not surprisingly, Billy Banda’s narrative now is that the Tonse administration’s crack down on corruption and fraud is witch-hunting. He says the new government should forget the past and forgive those who plundered the public coffers in the past, if it is to deliver its promises.

To give credence and weight to this narrative, this week Banda enlisted the support of four other SCO leaders. By the way, it is now fashionable for SCOs to push their agendas as coalitions. There is nothing wrong with that. It is strategic. You speak with a bigger voice and get better attention that way. But the agenda is the same. It is not to serve the larger public good but themselves.

So this week, Billy Banda and his coalition partners questioned the wave of arrests of people connected to the immediate past DPP administration arguing the conduct may divide the country. Banda also called for the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission.  According to him such a commission would help heal the wounds of the nation and put the nation on the path to reconciliation. He asked the new administration to forgive the thieves and looters.

It’s true Malawi needs all of these—healing, reconciliation and forgiveness. But more than and before anything else, Malawi needs rule of law and justice. For healing, reconciliation and forgiveness to take place, justice should be allowed to flow like a river. The law is the common denominator and regulator.

Malawians are angry because somebody stole from them. They stole money for drugs, roads, schools, farm inputs, relief, utility services. As a result of this brazen thievery, Malawians are being denied proper and quality services in all sectors. Malawians want the law to take its course.

Those who dipped their filthy fingers into public coffers and those who are causing misery to Malawians should face the law. The law was there before they started stealing. They knew the consequences of their actions. But they chose to ignore them. They are now filthy rich and even boasting about their ill-gotten wealth. And then someone has the audacity to say they should be forgiven. My foot!

Irrespective of the administration the thieves are from, they must all face the law. Forgiving a presumed thief sounds saintly, but it hurts even more to victims of the theft. Besides you only forgive someone who is remorseful. You don’t forgive a thief who does not admit their wrongdoing. The Tonse Alliance already opened a window for those who looted to confess their sins and return the loot during the campaign period. That window is now closed. If you stole and failed to declare you stole, there is now only one logical and legal conclusion of your conduct. You must go through the justice system. People want nothing but justice. Only when justice is seen to be done will there be healing and reconciliation.

The Chakwera-led Tonse administration will be making a grave mistake to listen to people asking it to forgive thieves. You can forgive a goat thief or a cattle rustler but not people who stole hundreds of millions or billions of kwacha.

The new administration will not win the war against corruption if it leaves thieves scot free in the name of healing and reconciliation. You don’t reconcile with thieves and plunderers. How do you drain the swamp? Let the crusade against fraud, plunder and corruption continue.

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Ngati anthu aba ndalama za boma amangidwe wonse.Even kumwamba ngat siulapa pansi pano kumwamba ndi wakung’anjo yamoto.kulibe kukhululuka chifukwa anthu azibabe ndikumapempha Kut akhululukidwe.Azibambo wosaganiza zatsogolo la amalawi wosauka.Bola iwo akulandila zawo basi.

Athu Ndimaso
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Muchila

Marx
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Marx

Billy Banda, like Mavuto Bamusi and Fryson Chodzi, is a useless mortal. So full of greed. Useless!

mtete
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mtete

Granted the pre-multiparty democracy MCP had its evils but when you hear and see what what DPP did to the nation, the cruelty scale tips towards DPP. The plunder and thievery robbed every sector of the country’s socioeconomic development. When you consider the shortage of drugs in hospitals and the resulting effect on the population, you start wondering who, between MCP and DPP, caused more suffering.

Tiyende Pamodzi Ndi Ndtima Modzi
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Tiyende Pamodzi Ndi Ndtima Modzi

How did Joyce Banda fund her stay for over a year. When she was President a plane landed from which embarked an Indian carrying cartons, he drove off without immigration or customs checks to see Joyce Banda. Who was he and what was in those cartons? The identity and photograph of the Indian is available to me, the Indian lives in London, and the British authorities would extradite him to Malawi. Joyce Banda has been MCP. UDF, DPP, PP, and now wants to be MCP / Tonse. But as she has cases pending so President Chakwera has to keep her… Read more »

Chautaamalanga
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DPP is a deep rooted criminal terrorism organization whose systems are beyond terrorism.

Chabwela
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DPP is more worse than Rusefer
That’s why the are Devil Peoples Party
They kill
They rob
They plunder
They milk
They are fraudulent gurus on every game
I voted Tonse alliance administration just only to punish Nepotism of Llomwe who made other Malawians as second citizens
They must face the music of Justice so that when they return back in 2050 they have learnt a lesson of unity, obedience, loyalty and Discipline

Athu Ndimaso
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Muchila

Nambuma boy
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Nambuma boy

Somebody has said this is politicide (equivalent to genocide) and they are right. Blanket condemnation of a group of people, in this case a whole political party, coupled with blanket and blind praise of another party is dangerous and wrong. Like all wrong things, there shall surely be pay back someday.

President Chisokonezo
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President Chisokonezo

in Malawi, the problem is about corpoy governance. e.g. National Audit Office, ACB and NLGFC are not independent hence poor funding and no monitoring. Treasury has an interest hence underfunding these governance institutions. In Norway and developed countries governance takes the whole 10 percent of budget. In Malawi less than 1 percent. What do you expect? Looting.

Concerned citizen
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Ineptocracy – a government characterised by incompetent leaders.

Marx
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Marx

Mapwiya led gaffment, you mean? Dont worry, that one is gone, never to come again in the foreseeable future

Bubu
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Bubu

Find out how Nhlane benefited from his boss Abiti CASHGATE

mtete
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mtete

It seems you know how. Just spill the beans and don’t waste our time.

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