Its really painful when you hear the national narrative that borders absurdity. Honourable Kamlepo Kalua, him with all the privileges of immunity at Parliament is engaged in a long debate as to who has names of who accused in corruption scandal. I think our politicians whose thinking capacity is beyond comprehension, thinks we are all cartoons.
I hate corruption. It has cost Malawi a lot of development years and real money. Many corrupt politicians, civil servants and others at Immigration, Road Traffic, Police, Malawi Housing, Admarc and other stinking corruption infested public services have died from it. Yes the wages of sin are death, and many have end up being careless after stealing from the public that they have paid for it with their lives. I want to make it clear how much I hate, loathe and get disgusted by corruption, an individual or an institution.
But words are not enough. Steven Kamphasa, the Auditor General is another strange man. Nobody can sue him. I miss Reckford Kampanje and Gilton Chiwaula, the fearless Auditor Generals who named and shamed anybody, any public suspicion of corruption. Now we are busy covering up potential criminals. If anybody is clean after being asked to explain of an audit query, they are exonerated. There is no reason for Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale or Kamphasa to decide to change the law willy nilly and present half-baked and incomplete reports.
By the way, these are public reports, about our taxes, duty we pay at the border to corrupt MRA officials and of course levies at fuel and indeed anything else Mother Malawi charges me on the poor income I get. Now what I find it ridiculous is the idea that someone believes the whole country are cartoons. Kamphasa said he had consulted the Attorney General and in their considered wisdom decided to bury names of anybody or business suspected to have had a hand in looting public coffers.
In other words, the two public officers- literally paid by the public decided to create a new law without Parliament- to protect names of those suspected to have been complicit in looting of public funds. In otherwords, should this turn up to be true, the two AGs would be part and parcel of concealing the names of these gangsters and they could still be doing business with Malawi Government.
This is where I bring in Reckford Kampanje, that Ngoni and Gilton Chiwaula the toughest Chewa nobody could bend. These were Auditor Generals that did not present incomplete reports to Parliament or protect anybody who had decided to help himself on public resources.
This is why we always say these appointments we do should reflect public service. Kamphasa and Kaphale are not deeply conversant with public service, it is wrong that they are in such position because they are recreating new things that have never been done. If their predecessors were cowards or politically skewed as they have shown to be, I am sure the MWK187 million education scandal in 2001 which saw PSs, an MP and others jailed could not have come out. Nor would have the 2010 and 2013 fraud and cashgate scandals concealed.
Since the names have been hidden and looking at the current rate of corruption syndicates it is safe to assume that the companies are palm oiling everyone involved and they have been given guarantees of exoneration. Again the biggest loser is a Malawian.
I hope His Excellency the President Professor Peter wa Mutharika is taking notes- check now almost all Government agencies are smelling corruption scandal. A quick reminder- Road Authority, the CEO business, MRA too many scandals and evasion of duty by Asians, Transport- Road Contracts, MERA the Terrastone via Lucas Kondowe Sagocea etc, Anti-Corruption Bureau, dark Oil exploration deals, Road Traffic the Movesa bill, Parliament the Speakers housing, MACRA the allowances via Newspaper financing, Central Medical Stores drug supply, bwana President, chonde clean up your Government, too many scandals, too many issues. They need logical conclusion and to prove to the interest of Malawians.
As a Malawian, I speak on behalf of the poor and all of us struggling- tatopa nawo umbanda wopanda nawo manyazi. I wish the head of public service reforms Vice President Dr. S.K Chilima announced special measures to deal with stinking corruption scandals that are now almost related to every Government programme or institution.
Dzuka Malawi, where is the Civil Society, they can’t march against all these corruption scandals because they are too corrupt to notice. This is more of a genuine cause than gay rights or those other ridiculous demonstrations. Where is the Church? Deeply corrupt that they are scared of pointing fingers as most of the corrupt public officials are their elders and biggest donors!
To make matters worse we have Parliamentarians of the calibre of Kamlepo Kalua. Every time he opens his mouth, I am always keen to check substance. He starts with “If they want to kill me, I am ready to die.” I find this disgusting as corruption is. If he wants to die, let him die in peace without making himself a martyr for being part of this parliament which has little regard to Malawians.
Kamlepo should stop thinking Malawians he found in 1994 are the ones today. If he has no idea what powers he posses as a legislator and Vice Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee let him shut up and enjoy the hefty loans, salaries and allowances Malawians pay for.
Only if he was a legislator worth his sort, he should have known that the constitution section 60 grants him immunity for any statement or remarks made during Parliament or Committee sittings. If he is scared of being arrested or sued, let him during a PAC meeting or Parliament read out the names he posses. The press will cover it and they cant be sued, its under parliamentary privilege. If he cant speak, let him stop speaking “stupid things like the President should fire Ministers” when he has no b**** to name and shame them.
When we were young, we would threaten our friends “ndikakunenela” and when we reached home we would end up with a debate “nenatu, nenatu”. My parents would whip us for wasting time.
For the President, the decision by Kamphasa and Kaphale is damaging to the person and the image of Your Excellency and the Malawi Government as a whole. Your innocent Ministers are now being dragged into mud by political in-fights within the DPP. Summon the two and ask or their reasoning.
Let Kamphasa and Kaphale point a section in the constitution or any law of Malawi which empowers them to withhold information from the general public. Fire them Your Excellency, they are giving your critics and people who wish you bad ammunition by protecting people who have questions to answer.
Now instead of protecting the image of Government, they have dented the image of Government, image of innocent and hardworking Ministers by allowing speculation and not facts to reign.
If I were your Excellency, I would let Kamlepo die in his peace- since he is obsessed with death and not waste time answering him and I would fire the two AGs for bringing Your name, Your Cabinet and Your Government into disrepute. Then I would send anyone with a remote allegation of corruption from the ACB director to Kamoto to Hiwa to anybody else home, order a three months maximum investigation and public results. That way, we will be seen as tackling corruption seriously.
Dzuka Malawi, perhaps a Joyce Banda modus operendi of Commission of Inquiry on Public Corruption would do- I volunteer to be the chairperson!Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :