DPP says returning K145m to Pioneer: CSOs brand refund ‘admission of guilty’ of Malawi police fraud

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  will return the K145 million donation is received from Pioneer Investments suspected to have been proceeds of crime in Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam, party spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has said.

Dausi: DPP to return K145 million

Briefing the press in Lilongwe on Saturday, Dausi said the party has decided to return the money after the concerns that were raised about the donation.

There have been mounting calls for President Peter Mutharika to resign after a leaked report by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) accused him, on behalf of the DPP, of receiving a K145 million kickback from a contract to supply food rations to the police.

“In view of the misunderstanding created around the donation, the DPP has decided to return the money to Pioneer Investments because when this donation was made, the party received it in good faith like any other donation. But having seen the misunderstanding we thought we have to return the money,” Dausi said.

Dausi further quashed aside suggestions that the money was meant to benefit the President directly as he was the sole signatory of the Standard Bank account to which the K145 million cheque was deposited.

“The money was intended to help the party budget for its headquarters in Blantyre and use for other party expenses. The fact that the sole signatory President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika does not mean in any way that the money was meant for him as a person but, as any head of an institution can sign the money.

“And we want to say that the money was a donation to the party. And having heard a lot of things, we think it is only right and proper to return the money,” he said.

Dausi added that the DPP has been at the forefront of pushing for the Political Party funding legislation in Parliament, hence it is in that spirit that the money has to be returned.

However, Dausi was not forthcoming as to where the party will source the funds in view of the fact that the High Court froze the party’s account following an injunction by Mzuzu-based Youth and Society Organisation (YSO).

“We will return the money,” was his response.

Meanwhile,  rights activist Gift Trapence, who is also deputy chairperson for Human Rights Defenders Coalition which has been pushing for justice on the matter, said the DPP’s announcement to pay back the money amounts to admission of guilty.

“This is evidence that they stole the money. The question is, how can they give the money to the same person whom they collaborated with to defraud government? What we have been asking them to do is to pay back the money to government coffers. This is an insult to Malawians and an act of impunity.

“As CSOs (civil society organisations), we will not be hoodwinked by this gesture. We will make sure that the law takes its course on the matter; to have wrong-doers brought to book,” said Trapence.

The development comes after Mzuzu-based Youth and Society (YAS) through Ritz Attorneys-at-Law  have dragged  DPP and PI Ltd to court demanding that the two institutions immediately refund the money.

A leaked dossier from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) into the K2.7 billion MPS food rations scam indicates that PI Ltd made an abortive interest claim of K466 million and deposited K145 million into a DPP bank account at Standard Bank whose sole signatory is Mutharika.

YAS argues that the governing party is aware that the said money represents proceeds of a fraudulent sham procurement by MPS officers and Karim of PI Ltd.

ACB director Reyneck Matemba said  investigations into the K2.7 billion MPS food rations scam would be completed soon  and arrests effected.

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Ndatopa
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Ndatopa

We are still waiting to hear from the sole signatory on this account

moving on
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moving on

who is returning the money??? DPP or APM who is the only signatory on the account. Is he hiding behind DPP, well his hands have been caught deep into the cookie jar! The Thief in Chief

Said Mia
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Said Mia

All three Zameer Karim his dumb brother Aslam Karim and their evil master mind father Khalid Abdul Karim must be sentenced to be stoned in public by the poor Malawians for stealing our money it’s a shame our crook president is supporting these mother fuckers who not only have chewed poor Malawians money but also their workers dues my cousin Gaffar mia works for them even he is still waiting for his pay cheque it’s been 2 years what type of people are these I swear they need mob justice coz the law makers in Malawi are all corrupt ……..… Read more »

Mahule 1,000,000 Jobs Party
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The ACB report mentions Peter as the thief not dpp. Surely Zameer was forced to give dpp the money. Atapanidwa vakunsi atha kuwulula ameneyu. There’s more to this than meets the eye. How much did dpp pocket from the contractor of the Kasiya road and the Bingu Stadium – Parliament dual carriage. What about amenye a Plem and Master construction who build substandard roads? Peter is building flats at Bunda turn off from his K2.7 million salary. Munthuyu akutibera tikuwona ndithu.

Anabanda
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Anabanda

Can you also return the ‘missing’ diesel

ndele
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ndele

WOYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ZODIYAKI KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK koma nde ndlama siinali ya a person wozaaa dausi student kompanyoni munaisiya kuti????????????????? inu yo ameneyo kuuza ife kuti mubweza ndalamayi. frozen account amalola kutapakoso? poti ife sitizidziwa. timakaima pa money machine whole day kudikila network igwile, magetsiso atazima koma anyangata inu nde mwatisewla yododa mwava inu. mawa pano dausi azizati ine ndaamene ndinaulula kuti tibweza k145 yotulukila ku dpp kukalowa cipani colamula cikubweraci. hule la ndale ili musatdalole cidzete ici cimaganiza ngati mbuzi. tadzionani vinkhope ngati a kangombwa- a dzimwe. kuyenda ma step ngati atsekwe- abakha a mmadzi, abila- nkhosa kunenepa ndi k145 kutapata nayo ndalama… Read more »

SKC
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SKC

Join the discussion..Makape Chakwera atenga BOMA come 2019, Inu Muli mu government koma mukufunaso kulamula kudzera ku movement? Anthu mwagwilizana kukaba ndikuyendako bwino, pongawana zakubazo akupatsa share chochepa basi iwe kuyamba kuulula amzako aja, pamenepo tiziti Iweyo wakubaso kapena ayi? Ndithandizeni manganizo abalekuti chaka chamawachi vote yanga ndisabetse. inu amayi Calista wa munthalika tanenani zoona kuba mukunenako anthu amenewa anayamba liti?

Head Quaters
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Head Quaters

The Head Line should read “DPP says returning K145m to Pioneer & instead receiving it back in CASH” 😂

chikadzakuwani
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Mmm, this is now too much comrades, all we hear in Malawi is nothing but corruption day in day out. Worse enough, this syndicate is starting with the number one citizen. Impeachment is the only option I guess otherwise I don’t see any future with this rotten leadership!!

Charles
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Charles

Ignorance of where the money came from is no excuse and the owner of the account, in this case the sole signatory to the account should be taken to task! Impeachment proceedings should start as soon as possible. This man is not fit to rule Malawi.

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