Some civil society organizations reported ly State funded under the banners of Civil Society Forum for Democracy and Development (CFDD) and Civil Society Platform for Constructive Dialogue (CS-PCD) have called on the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera over his under-construction multi million mansion in Lilongwe.
The groups have also demanded ACB to investigate Chakwera on a fleet of vehicles as well K80 million he allegedly diverted from the party’s account into his personal account.
The call comes barely a day after Chakwera issued a stern warning that he will be forced to lead a mass protest against worsening corruption in government, and accused President Peter Mutharika of giving corrupt big wigs amnesty from corruption crackdown.
Speaking during a news conference on Sunday at Alendo Hotel in Blantyre the groupings argued that Chakwera who is Leader of Opposition in Parliament demonstrated double-standards as well as high level of hypocrisy for not disclosing the source of his money and wealth.
“While the Leader of Opposition is expected to lead his block in providing checks and balances as well as oversight on government operations, we have sadly noted that Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has himself not demonstrated integrity and accountability in a number of areas on which we hereby call for immediate probe and investigation,” said Oliver Nakoma who is chairperson for CS-PCD.
Nakoma, who was franked by Harry Mikuwa chairperson for CFDD , and other members said there was a need for Chakwera to be investigated by ACB on the sources of money he is using to construct a multi million million 15 bedroom house in Area 6 in Lilongwe, arguing the anti-graft body did the same on Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa who was recently summoned by the Bureau over the donation he made in his constituency in Mulanje district in January this year.
He argued that based on information in their hands, Chakwera was abusing his party’s finances and private donations for personal projects.
“As a civil society, we demand accountability on the part of Chakwera to explain the source of the funds for such a mansion which is still under construction and we expect the final value of the mansion to be over K800 million upon completion.
“The mansion has also been constructed in a space of one year and this raises eyebrows considering other allegations that Dr. Chakwera diverted close to K80 million meant for his party to his personal account.”
Quizzed if they have evidence on the allegations against Chakwera, the CSOs argued that they have information in their possession to be shared with investigating authorities.
Asked about the timing of their demands, Nakoma argued that their call for Chakwera probe was not a hit-back at his recent attack on government, saying they were just fulfilling their role as civil society in calling for public leaders to be accountable.
The organizations also claimed Chakwera was abusing his role by personalizing party vehicles and called on Malawi revenue Authority (MRA) to investigate one of the vehicles currently being used by Chakwera’s daughter.
Meanwhile, the organizations have threatened to take it to the streets if ACB fails to probe Chakwera on the highlighted allegations.
Chakwera has threatened to call supporters onto the streets if President Mutharika will not meet the eight demands he has set as plan of action and that he immediately comes to Parliament in person to give a full report of the progress.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :