Former RBM Governor, Dalitso Kabambe Kabambe risks 5 years in jail for ‘stealing’ water from LWB

“We investigated and confirmed a total of 68 water theft cases.”

Malawi’s former Central Bank governor who has been earning a whopping K27 million a month Dr Dalitso Kabambe is among 68 people who have been ‘stealing’ water from Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) through illegal connection.

Dr. Kabambe is the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aspirant for 2025 presidential elections.

Kabambe: denies wrongdoing

Kabambe’s name is contained in the “Name and Shame” list released by the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) made available to Nyasa Times.

According to LWB press statement, the former governor for Reserve Bank of Malawi, (RBM) Dr Kabambe has been doing this for four months this year.

Kabambe’s name is contained in the “Name and Shame” list released by the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) made available to Nyasa Times.

LWB in its scathing press statement stated that the cases have already been reported to the police custody and awaiting prosecution in the court of law.

If found guilty, Kabambe will be jailed for five years according to section 298 (8) of the penal code which criminalize water theft.

“Investigated and confirmed. A total of 68 water theft cases and 47.3 million kwacha was administratively charged as penalty,” reads part of the statement.

However, Kabambe vehemently distanced his name from the development.

“I rented out that House to an Indian tenant at the time I was Governor and when this was established in Feb or March, we sorted it out with LWB and the tenant was removed.

“LWB is aware of this and I don’t know why they’re drugging my name,” complained Kabambe.

According to the statement, LWB instituted an investigation earlier this year and it uncovered 68 water theft cases including that of Kabambe

According to the statement, LWB instituted an investigation earlier this year and it uncovered 68 water theft cases including that of Kabambe.

“Between January and April 2021, we investigated and confirmed a total of 68 water theft cases, and a total of K47.3 million was administratively charged in penalties.

These cases, already in Police case files, are being prosecuted in the courts of Malawi.

“Water theft is a criminal offense classified as “Fraudulent Appropriation of Water” under Section 298 ( of the Penal Code, carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years,” reads in part the statement.

A Lilongwe Water Board employee privy the case but opted for anonymity confided in Nyasa Times that the house in question is on Plot Number 06/209 in Area 6, Lilongwe and indeed is owned by Dr Dalitso Kabambe.

“This tells a lot about what kind of a man Kabambe is. How can someone who has been receiving an obscene K27 million a month be failing to pay water bills? This man is just a dishonest man,” said the source.

‘Controversy’

Kabambe was rocked in a salary controversy when it emerged that as governor of Malawi’s central bank, his monthly perk was billed at K27 million (about US$30,000).

Kabambe confirmed the reports, saying his salary was approved by the Bank’s board in line with the Reserve Bank of Malawi Act of Parliament and his years of service.

Kabambe publicly announced his decision to join active politics on 31 December 2020 when he was unveiled as a member of the opposition DPP.

Kabambe will face controversial leader of opposition, Kondwani Nankhumwa and Joseph Mwanamvekha in the race for DPP’s president who will eventually become the party’s torch bearer in 2025 general election.

Dr. Kabambe, born 1973, is an accomplished economist, banker and politician, who served as the 13th Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi from 2017 until 2020.

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Opportunist
Opportunist
8 months ago

All those monies receiving still involved in stealing water.Things are not adding up

Observer
Observer
8 months ago

This is pure witch hunting.l know people who have been caught with illegal water and electricity connections amangowalipilitsa fine, so what’s so special nkuti a Kabambe okha amangidwe 5 yrs akapezeka olakwa

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

But mr DK I think you have some explanation to do here…….first of all LWB says this water theft has been going on for the past 4 months, thus approximately 4 months after the Indian guy was evicted out of the house to give you back the house after losing your job at RBM.

Can we just accept that it was a mistake and poor judgment to get involved in this criminality act…..

President Mkango ChisokonezoT Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango ChisokonezoT Manthakanjenjemereza
8 months ago

Political for the guy is more intelligent than most of us

Mbuje
Mbuje
8 months ago

Palibe nkhani apa. Mukumuopa Kabambe a khongiresi. Koma 2025 mumva naye m’bebe. DK 2025 woyeee! DPP woyeee!

WikiLeaks
8 months ago

Kuba became a DNA in dpp.
Salary twice that of a US senator and House of Representative. Umbava.

Last edited 8 months ago by WikiLeaks
laws
laws
8 months ago

This article does not make sense if someone lease your house who is responsible for settlements of utility bills? and this reporter would have checked with the tenancy agreement otherwise this is trash further more how is the issue of Kabambes salary connected with the issue of water bills?this shows how myopic,biased this article is.all in all find an issue not this

mtete
mtete
8 months ago

The account is in the name of Kabambe and, unless this account is on Prepayment schedule, he must have been receiving bills to notice that the waterj consumption pattern was not adding up in terms of usage before and after renting the premises.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, rushing to imprisonment is overplaying the issue since, I am sure, there is a provision to pay the assessed loss as a way of settling the issue.

Kambongo
Kambongo
8 months ago

“This tells a lot about what kind of a man Kabambe is. How can someone who has been receiving an obscene K27 million a month be failing to pay water bills? This man is just a dishonest man,” said the source. This statement tells it all

patriotic writer and reviewer

kugenda ku police chamba chili mthumba!!!!!

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