K145m DPP donation from supplier dominate Malawi media: President Mutharika may have benefitted from ‘dirty money’

A leaked document from  the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which suggests President Peter Mutharika may have benefitted from K145 million that a supplier deposited in a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account  at Standard Bank for which he is the sole signatory has dominated Malawi media on Saturday.

President Mutharika: On spotlight after being names in the report which has dominated Malawi media

“Police mess snares DPP” was the headline in Weekend Nation,  as the paper  reported that the money is suspected to be part of proceeds of payment from Malawi Police Service (MPS) to Pioneer Investments—a firm the ACB suspects fraudulently supplied food rations.

The bureau also alleges that the bill was inflated from the contract price of K2.327 billion to K2.8 billion days after it was signed in August 2015.

Sensational as it was, the story sent tongues wagging on social-media when the leaked document was circulating  which forced ACB to issue statement that it is investigating how it got into public domain after Nyasa Times, Malawi Newsnow,  Malawi24,  Independent online publications, Zodiak and Capital Radio went to town on the matter

“Fraud at Police” was the subsequent headline in Malawi News.

The media reports from the document that the supplier  Zameer Karim deposited K2.793 billion payment from Police for supplying 500 000 ration packs, the company transferred K145 million to the DPP  Standard Bank account 014003192200 on April 13 2016.

Mutharika opened the account in 2015, a year after assuming office, according to the report.

Many commentators have expressed dismay with the report.

“Gift or bribe?” was the headline of the editorial comment in the Weekend Nation, giving probing questions on what K145 million deposited in  DPP account was for.

“Our questions remain: what was the K145 million for? Did DPP or Mutharika do some work for or supply some good to Pioneer Investment? Or was it a gift or a bribe?.”

Between January and October 2016, the President “made cheque withdrawals amounting to K65 million from the said Standard Bank account,” the Bureau report says.

Before Pioneer deposited the Police cheque on April 12 2016 in the company’s National Bank account held at Henderson Street Service Centre in Blantyre, the account had K-30 426.66 as balance—meaning there was no money.

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani has  said the document is a coordinated and sponsored character assassination campaign against President Mutharika and the DPP from a disgruntled politician, but felt short of mentioning name.

Kalilani said the transaction in the DPP account,  “there was nothing sinister about it” promising  and to  provide “a detailed explanation” about it in due course.

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KAPOLO AKAKWIYA....
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KAPOLO AKAKWIYA....

why only donating to the ruling government .Si ma babe if mwava zipatala anthu akusowa makhwala ana asukulu akusowa ma feez koma kukupezani inuyo a Pioneer kudzapepha 400,000 thousand simungapereke koma kwa Mbamva zizanu .

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Malawians will scream all they want; DPP has created an elaborate and impermeable system designed for looting at a grand scale on the strength of an equally complex law-defying system that protects high level politicians from prosecution. The system is so entrenched in the psyche of politicians that they protect each other irrespective of which party they belong to. A sitting president protects his predecessor by design. We have an example of Muluzi whose case has remained unresolved for years. The next president in 2019 will protect Peter Mutharika, if he doesn’t win. Malawi politicians must have sworn to some… Read more »

Wanrike
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Wanrike

Busy kumazipaka easy black mumalo moteteza chums cha Boma kkkkk

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

All we can do Malawians is to make sure that we get rid of these thieves out of government. The time is ripe. Come 21 st May 2019 lets go and do the needful; remove these thieves and then the law should take its coarse. Onse omwe adzapezeke kuti anaba, adzalandidwe property yonse anapeza mwakubela a Malawi.

Central
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Central

A pumped balloon will never sink in water……………………………………………….. angakhale mutagwirilia nthawi yayitali bwanji, nthawi ikwanabe ndipo mulitaye balloon kuti muchitepo zina………………………………………… nde zimakhala chonchi, kumasowa pogwira tsopano munthu wamkulukulu…………………………………………….!! This party has indeed a prince of thieves!!

Nalingula
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Nalingula

May be Mbava United is in the food supply business and were subcontracted by Pioneer you never know .

QueenB
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QueenB

But hey, parliament just confirmed a murderer as IG of Police handpicked by the president who is a thief so I don’t think the incompetent ACB and police will do anything.

QueenB
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QueenB

May have or he benefited? The level of corruption in this country mesmerizes me. These thieves have really taken us for granted. All the culprits including Pitala need to be arrested.

ANANVERUWA AKUMALOWA KWA MAGODI
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ANANVERUWA AKUMALOWA KWA MAGODI

Tamuoneni nkhopeyo masaya ngati kikikikikiki okuba uyu ndikana lalata koma ndango panga manyazi alah fotseki

dpp shitholes
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Pitala mmaso muli gwaa manyazi alibiletu. Nkhalamba ya utsinzina ntole. Mob justice needed on him osati awa oba nkhuku. This man is equal to a bank robber. Shame on shthole dpp. Shame on a professor of thieves. Pilot of F117.

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