DPP should come out clean on K90 billion theft: Malawi cash-gate

Former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cannot hide behind the issues being “multifarious” in the Capital Hill looting saga which started on its watch as its spokesman Nicholus Dausi would like Malawians to believe.

Just like the ruling PP, the DPP leadership owe Malawians an explanation on their role in how they dubiously procured IFMIS and how it was used to siphon K90 billion from the Treasury to line up the pockets of the crooked few at Capital Hill.

DPP should also justify to Malawians why and how their leader, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, amassed an obscene and astronomical amount of wealth to the tune of K61 billion in a country where the majority are ravaged daily by pangs of endemic poverty.

The question that the DPP must answer is: Was this wealth acquired through abuse of trust that Malawians placed in Mutharika?editorial

But when all this is said and done, we, at Nyasa Times, have this to say to DPP.

No amount of scheming and condemning of PP as being solely responsible for the Capital Hill theft will change the fact that under the DPP watch colossal sums of money grew legs and left the Treasury not to build a school block at that school in the remotest part of Malawi where poor people’s children still learn under a tree or to buy drugs or equipment at Kamuzu Central Hospital where some departments have shut down because of lack of necessary tools..

Rather, this money left the national kitty to line the pockets of a crooked few.

Sadly, we note with apprehension how DPP keeps on saying rightly that PP is beneficiary of death of Bingu wa Mutharika and that come 2014, the former ruling party will reclaim the right and power to govern.

We do not want to quarrel with this statement as every party is formed not to rot forever on the opposition benches but solely to be given the honour of governing by voters, a task that Malawians are gearing up to perform on a Tuesday of the third week of May next year as the Constitution provides for.

However, we wish to caution DPP and point out that Malawians are not foolish or idiots so as to give power to a party that is patently arrogant to imagine that they can just erase from the national memory all the atrocities it was committing just over two years ago, including the blatant appropriation among themselves over K90 billion of money paid to the Treasury by poor people and struggling businesses, by simply deviating all the attention to the present.

DPP must therefore first come clean with Malawians by performing an honest mea culpa, one devoid of arrogance and empty grandstanding.

Those who seek equity must come with clean hands.

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