Malawi CSOs presents Goodall with three daggers- resign, get sacked, face court: State House slams ‘ridiculous’ demands

Four leading Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and some activists have demanded Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe to immediately resign because of allegations of abuse in his role for government to allocate K4 billion to 86 parliamentary constituencies.

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In  a statement issued on Wednesday  and made available to Nyasa Times, the CSOs also want President Peter Mutharika to address the nation on the issue and that if Gondwe refuses to resign  then he should sack him to distance his government from the conduct which they call “grand corruption” scam.

The statement said: “Tax payers can no longer guarantee safety of their resources in the hands of Goodall Gondwe.  If the Goodall Gondwe does not resign, we call upon the President of the Republic of Malawi, Prof. Peter Mutharika to rise to the occasion and fire Goodall Gondwe as Minister of Finance.

“We expect the President to distance his government from the conduct displayed by Mr. Goodall Gondwe by relieving him of his duties. Most importantly, we call upon the President to address the nation on this grand corruption scam.”

The CSOs further said Gondwe’s conduct as the country’s purse-keeper a flies irritatingly in the face of the much-touted fiscal discipline by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government claiming “Malawians have been taken for a ride, once again.”

Reads the statement in part: “In fact, fiscal prudence needs no stressing in Malawi. With over 70 percent of the country’s population hovering hopelessly below the poverty line, exacerbated by the ever stunted Gross Domestic Product per capita now at only US$1 113, the government should have been leading in ensuring that every penny is well- planned, well-budgeted and expended to letter and spirit of the laws of the country.”

The concerned CSOs include Youth and Society (YAS), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) as well as rights activists Reverend Macdonald Sembereka and Billy Mayaya.

YAS is led by Charles Kajoloweka, CHRR by Timothy Mtambo and Cedep is led by Gift Trapence.

The CSOs have questioned the Finance minister for rewarding the MPs while there is evidence that Parliamentarians are fond of abusing the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

The CSOs have also renewed their calls for the graft-busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to commence investigations into the conduct by Gondwe.

“In the same vein, we ask the Public Accounts and Budget and Finance Committees of Parliament to, as a matter of urgency, institute investigations into the matter and duly inform Malawians on the outcome of the investigations in the spirit of transparency, accountability and, most importantly, access to information.”

They also call for active citizenship on the matter, saying with the K4 billion revelations, they wonder how much Malawians might have been robbed at the hands of “an irredeemably compromised” Gondwe

Reads the statement: “Moments of docility, sycophancy and blind loyalty to political parties and leaders have shifted behind us. It is time to rescue our country from the educated thieves. Let’s say no to impunity!”

Gondwe insisted the money was from taxes, grants and borrowing and was saved from the re-adjustments of the 2017/18 budget that saw cuts to the development budget.

He could not immediately comment on calls for him to resign.

But State House spokesman Mgeme Kalilani has slammed the CSO’s for demanding the head of Gondwe.

Kalilani said the fiscal chief cannot be blamed for “a decision that our members of Parliament collectively made.”

The State House spokesman said the call for Minister of Finance to resign or get fired on the basis of the project funds allocations is “completely ridiculous.”

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Mwenelupembe
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Mwati Goodall atani ? Siyani kulota aMalawi phikani Maungu or Mphonda ndi Dowe muzitafuna, izo zinali zaku Parliament. Anthuwa palibe wabwino. Onse ndi uyoyo mukumufuna inuyo sazakuthandizani. NDANENATU

Nalingula
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If political parties/leaders don’t get punished the result is a messed up country called Malawi.Why are leaders who have miserably failed Rewarded with a Second Term?If leaders know that there wont be another term for a failure they will give their best.Thats why we need 50 +1 .

#DzukaniAmalawi
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For those who have been exposed to the real world would know that in Japan 9which is one of the progressive countries in the world), when a corporate scandal happens, the entire executive appear before national media and they apologies. They kneel on the floor, bow and apologise; thereafter they resign. Public outcry, even if its based on perceptions, is taken seriously. Public officers conduct themselves to highest ideals of the land which are rooted in serving others ethically, morally and selflessly. Public outcry regarding Honourable Gondwe’s action should indeed warrant his resignation as his behaviour has been called into… Read more »
caretaker
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Leave Gondwe alone. audio discussions in parliament by all MPs on call for distribution of funds to 193 constituencies ( not MPs) which summed up to K4 billion are available. then what is your problem. the problem with you is that you pick good facts ( and crossbred good facts -vs- your evil altitude) and blend them with politics/jelousy/sadness/envy/kaduka etc to breed what you errorneosly call transparency and accountability. You people have wrong translation of terms ” transparency & accountability” when you are in the political field than when you are in the professional field. In other words you put… Read more »
Amfumu
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As long as the funds benefit Malawians and not embezzled, I am with Goodall. Whats wrong with this funds allocation? Much ado about nothing.

Omex70
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umbulitu uwu at its best. Tax payers’ money are not supposed to be spent in such croocked way.

Malawi@Crossroads
Guest

Koma a mfumu ndiye mukuganiza mopelewera. The problem is that the funds aren’t going to be used for rural projects but rather and up in a few individuals pockets, for personal use. That’s the issue amfumu. Funds raised from taxpayers should benefit taxpayers and not a few politicians.

Chidi Mbwengu
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If you carry out due diligence of dpp finance and resources you will find gondwe at the forefront. All violence in the north special one is Gonapamuhanya, it was gondwe funding thugs. All campaign money’s for all six by-elections it was gondwe and the list is endless. The sad story is that he has a house in Washington DC where he will run after dpp fails to get back in power. This is same with peter. So the best is to remove this govt before they clipple Malawi.

Northerner
Guest

Chkulamayembe is Gondwe, and Minister Gondwe is directly related to Chikulamayembe. So what you are saying is rubbish.

Nalingula
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It does not follow that if people are related then they will not stone each other .Jappie and Enock Chihana are related. Let’s admit some political parties value violence.

Baba
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Are Malawians that stupid? Do you really believe Gondwe woke up one morning and decided I will give 4 billion to 89 MPs.

What idiots are Malawians, this was a cabinet decision, and it was put in the budget because that is where it is supposed to be.

It does not matter who minister was that 4 billion would have been there.

And to say this 4 billion was there because the minister of finance is corrupt is ridiculous and stupidity of the highest order.

Besides how many ministers have resigned in Malawi since independence?

What morons.

Mzozodo
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Inu ndinu a chitsiru, chitsiru chonyambita nsete

Baba
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Bvuto ndilimenero, you have no facts basi kutchula nsete.

Omex70
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Baba why are you reveaving your ignorance here in an effort to protect something that can not be defended at any cost?

JJB
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You are not even saying what it is that can not be defended, what is it that can not be defended?

Malawi@Crossroads
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The minister of finance is the custodian of K1.3 trillion of funds raised from taxes etc. His job is to ensure that those scarce funds are spent wisely and effectively, with minimum wastage. The minister of finance should ideally be the voice of reason especially when MP’s are pushing an agenda that only benefits them. He is our last line of defence. This is why it is critical to appoint a person with unquestinable integrity in the position (finance). What the public is saying Baba is that maybe the president got it wrong in appointing a weak finance minister; a… Read more »
Baba
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You are the one that doesn’t understand. The minister said he was directed by the president. So how does the president suddenly become an angel/

Maunits
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He is committing suicide at that age pathetic to him I feel sorry for him as younger age.

James
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Is this the Kalilani I know? Why are you becoming dull my friend? You are still young DPP will make you a fool. Be clever when commenting on issues of national importance.

Ngulenjemalawi
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kalilani you are very dull and stupid we know you just saving your bosses shupiti

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