DPP’s Rashy makes it in Tonse govt: ‘Cashgate masterminds in Malawi cabinet’

One of the key financiers of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and former Blantyre Kabula Member of Parliament (MP) Rashid ‘Rashy’ Gaffar has made it into the Tonse Alliance government with his appointment in Cabinet.

DPP’s Rashy Gaffer appointed  Minister of Minining in Tonse Cabinet
Rashy Gaffar yet to renounce his DPP membership

Gaffer, who just before voting in the fresh presidential elections made a deal with State House through his Rashy Motors to sell  two Higger buses for domestic football powerhouses—Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers— has been appointed as Minister of Mining.

The Wanderers Cub  trustees chairperson received  a cheque amounting to K300 million from State Residences for the buses, a controversial gifts from immediate past president Peter Mutharika to the Bullets and Wanderers.

The payment was processed through National Bank of Malawi’s Lilongwe Service Centre and the buses were branded at City Motors in Blantyre.

Gaffer, a former deputy minister in the Peter Mutharika administration, has been one of the frontline troops of DPP and top financier for the party.

However, sources say he had also invested in post-election changing political goal posts by parallel financing UTM Party which is a partner of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the Tonse Alliance government.

Rashy has not renounced his DPP membership and is yet to be seen if he will still carry the party’s tag in Tonse Alliance government.

Commentator Stanley Onjezani Kenani observed: “At least one DPP member has been included in the cabinet, so perhaps that is a plus, since this is a Malawi for all.”

South Africa-based Malawian lawyer Professor Danwood Chirwa observed that  the restructuring of government seems to have been shaped by “political deals than by a concern for effective implementation of the alliance manifesto.”

Chirwa noted that questionable characters have been handed posts.

“The first cabinet was meant to send a clear message to all and sundry that patronage, corruption and looting will end, that those who have looted before will be investigated and prosecuted, and that new, clean and competent people will lead Malawi,” he pointed out.

He said: “How can one talk of being serious about corruption, yet cashgate masterminds and beneficiaries are part of government? Who are the shining lights in this cabinet? This is probably the most incestuous cabinet since 1994.”

Government’s immediate duty will now be to implement strategies that will work towards achieving the country’s short and long-term development plans, as well as the overall Tonse Alliance development agenda.

There is also urgent need to implement measures to stamp out corruption – which was rampant in the DPP regime – and review enabling legislation and agencies to ensure effective processes.

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Politicians of Malawi

A disgrace. You are associating yourself with Gaffar. Why? You are associating yourself with people involved in Maizegate at Namitete/ Waliranji. Why? Our Honorable Judges fought for us to be a corrupt free country. They refused bribery of Mk100,000, 000. and there your are dining with corrupt people. How do you root our corruption in this way?

Angoni
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Angoni

I am for the change but I’m lost for words regarding the composition of this cabinet. It clearly shows that it was based on who provided campaign funds to the two gentlemen. Now I know who Chilima meant last time when he was asked where he was getting the funding…he said even those in DPP were funding him. Guess who that person was! To those appointed on merit I have no issue they deserve it but to the others ke mathatha ntate.

Razaki
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Razaki

Munthu sungamumvetse . Gaddar appointed muli why wa dpp? Kenako we need cabinet ya Tonse. Gaffer si Malawi? Being dpp means no position? Nde what’s the difference with dpp?

Zinazi ndi nsanje basi

George Victor
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konga nanga ochina Khumbo Kachali o Khumbo mutani nawo,O kalindo,o Chiidanti Malunga,O Calista nnesa mungowapititsa ku ma embassy nga aone polilira kaya O shanil, O masangwi nozawo chonde aganizireni bwana onagwi ntchito anthu yawa.tsano kuti muonetse ndinu okhirisitu muwatengenso O Maseya no Chisanu akhale mabwana ku MBC KO KKKKKKK

Taxy
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Taxy

Who bewitched Malawi kodi?? Chilima you made us to vote for Chakwera but see what is happening! Almost 90% of the cabinet members are from the central region. Is that what we call Malawi watonse? MRA and Police now in the hands of people from the central region. I cry for my vote! What value would Rashy add to the cabinet?I trusted you guys but you have disappointed me big time. This is a mediocre start to say the least.

Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
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Hon Mirriam Gwalidi

Onama iwe. Kapena vuto ndilakuti you don’t know Masamu kapena? Kulira kwa cadet uku. You voted for that old f’ul and now you want to pretend that you voted for Chakwera? Be man enough to identify urself as a cadet.

FORGIVE THEM
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FORGIVE THEM

With all said and done,
Time will be the best judge,

Atikuj
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Atikuj

owooohhh mafuta mumamwa popita ku campaign aja mumaona ngati ndi aulere?Ma Dj, Ma Shehe, etc mumaona ngati ndi zaulere?

CHILIMA-COVIDIOT
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CHILIMA-COVIDIOT

Unduna oyenela
Mwachangu uchotseletu pamsewu
GALIMOTO zomwe zikunyamula anthu ngati BUSINESS,mopanda chilolezo.
Kulichisawawa.
Ndipo uzindikilitse okwela zoyenela kukwela(zokhala ndi chilolezo).
95% ya amalawi sazindikila zimenezi.

Ziggy
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Ziggy

Waa the leader of DPP consulted? If yes was yo be appointed as a candidate from a party, the leaders should have been consulted and provide a name

Yogo
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Yogo

Malawi sangasinthe mbava zomwe zinali Ku mcp nthawi ya kamuzu ndizomwezo zinalinso mu udf, ndizomwezonso zinali mu dpp lelo zikupitanso mu tonse zizizbabe Malawi sangasinthe, anabwela ndi maganizo osinthu Dziko la Malawi ndi BINGU bas inu zibani

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