Malawi gov’t did not wait for Mphwiyo shooting to act – Justice minister

Newly appointed Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Fahad Assani, has told parliament that government did not sit by and wait for Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo’s shooting to start to address corruption and theft at Capital Hill.

Assani was giving his comment on the report submitted by Vice President Khumbo Kachali on massive looting at the seat of government, which has seen petty public officers help themselves to huge sums of money from the public pulse.

“I want to tell the House, Mr. Speaker Sir, that it is not true that government stood back and waited for the shooting of the Budget Director to start doing something on graft,” he said.

Justice Minister Fahad Assani:  Government was working on the matter
Justice Minister Fahad Assani: Government was working on the matter

Nyasa Times is monitoring Parliament proceedings, and also reports that Speaker of the National Assembly, Henry Chimunthu Banda, has asked the Finance Committee of Parliament to meet him at tea break to discuss what should be the way forward on the Veep’s report.

A memberof parliament and committee member quizzed the Speaker as to what would be the way forward following the report.

“Do we go ahead and adopt it or what do we do. What are we exactly going to do with this report as presented yesterday?” he wondered.

Chimunthu Banda turned the question back to the member and his committee to no avail.

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