Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua has said some of the cash-rich Cabinet ministers are walking free and exhibiting opulence on proceeds of Cashgate money, saying he will fight on to ensure names of seven ministers implicated in the looting of almost K236 billion from government coffers are shamed.
Kalua, who is also Rumphi East member of Parliament (People’s Party-PP) and PP third vice-president, said some ministers are “hiding behind the so called 13 files” which include names of companies which were already cleared either by Anti Corruption Bureau or Attorney General.
“There are seven ministers implicated in Cashgate,” insisted Kalua.
“The Cashgate ministers are walking free in the streets, boasting that they are billionaires when this is Cashgate money,” he added.
“We need to pin these mafias and I will not tire or falter until justice take its course,” said Kalua.
But President Peter Mutharika has claimed none of his Cabinet ministers are mentioned in the ‘grand corruption’ report.
“ There are no seven ministers, I asked Accountant General, Anti-Corruption Bureau [ACB] director, and there are no seven names,” said Mutharika.
Kalua still challenges that there are seven rotten ministers
The Rumpi East MP said in releasing the names, his committee will be cautious not to tackle “matters bordering on national security.”
He said they are waiting for legal clearance to name and shame the Cashgate suspects.
The firebrand politician said he knows he is risking his life in the battle to name and shame the cashgate politicians in the corridors of power.
He said some suspects are powerful and part of the regime killing machine.
On whether he has sought police protection, Kalua said Malawi Police are party of the killing, machine.
“They killed Robert Chasowa and they killed 20 people who were demonstrating peacefully on July 20 2011. They have failed to investigate the death of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Corporate Affairs Issa Njauju. Our Police Service has been rendered useless because it is affiliated to the ruling party,” he said.
A data analysis carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released in May 2015 estimated the unreconciliated funds at K577 billion. However, British firm RSM Risk Assurance LLP, in its forensic audit report, established that the unaccounted for funds stood at K236 billion.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :