DPP’s Chaponda possessed gov’t building illegally: Phoya tells Malawi Parliament

The Capital Hill cash gate saga has taken another twist with government reclaiming properties acquired illegally by politicians and one such is leader of  opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in parliament  George

Leader of government in the House Henry Phoya told the National Assembly on Wednesday that leader of the DPP in the House is one of the beneficiaries that acquired government property illegally in Limbe, Blantyre.

“I respect the Malawi Congress Party because it respected government property and maintained most of the buildings. Some of those buildings have historical importance. The UDF government also respected the buildings. But from 2006 those people in government acquired government buildings. If you go to Limbe, there are buildings there that were acquired by politicians. And some of the politicians involved in sharing  government property are sitting in this august House. Leader of the DPP is one of them. He got the property in Limbe,” said Phoya amid applause from the government side.

It took Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda to intervene asking Phoya to stop giving specific names of people involved in the looting of government property.

Chaponda: Acquired building illegally, says Phoya
Chaponda: Acquired building illegally, says Phoya

In his reaction, Chaponda challenged Phoya to go to court over the matter.

Phoya is also minister for Lands and Housing.

“I followed all procedures in acquiring that property. If you have better claim go to court,” said Chaponda.

A voice was also heard mentioning the late president Bingu wa Mutharika linking him to the acquisition of some property, a situation that prompted DPP president Peter Mutharika to stand and defend the acquisition of the property.

“We followed all the procedures in acquiring that property. We have all the papers. Go to court,” he said.

Government is investigating the looting of its money following revelations that several civil servants pocketed millions and billions of Kwacha.

The investigations have also gone into claiming back government property that was illegally acquired.

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