Malawi govt says HRDC ultimatum over K6.2bn abused Covid-19 money ‘misplaced’

Government says it is surprising with the seven-day ultimatum issued by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) for the State to arrest abusers of the K6.2 billion Covvid-19 money.

Kazako:  HRDC ultimatum misplaced
HRDC on Friday gave President Lazarus Chakwera seven days to interdict controlling officers at the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Capital Hill and in councils implicated in the abuse of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds.

Minister of Information Gospel Kazako said President Lazarus Chakwera is the one who instituted the audit of the funds and the release of the report.

He said therefore it would be  wise for HRDC,  to wait for government’s  action on the matter.

Kazako said: “The ultimatum is misplaced because we are already doing a lot in ensuring we crush the culture of theft and abuse of public resources.

“It is this government that suspended all senior government officials that were suspected to have either participated or were involved in the abuse or tolerated the abuse to take place under their watch. We are already doing the right things, the major one being the presidential directive to have the K6.2 Billion audit done.”

The HRDC is pushing government to arrest and interdict people suspected of having misused and abused the country’s K6.2 billion, Covid- 19 Funds.

Addressing journalists on Friday afternoon in Lilongwe, HRDC Chairperson, Gift Trapence, said the misused funds must be recovered and that the law should take its course on those involved.

The remarks by Trapence follows a report by the National Audit Office on the use of the COVID – 19 Funds.

Trapence has since urged government to establish a special court to expedite trial for the suspects.

Government spokesperson Kazako said no one will be shielded and that the State apparatus  will “break down any resistance.”

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Ungwelu
Ungwelu
26 days ago

Recognising the swift action Chakwera et al took by suspending the suspects in the plunder of the K6Billion COVID-19 funds there is not enough reason for anyone to go to the streets for the reason stated by HRDC

Kamchiputu
26 days ago

If Ali Nasser had not broken the news about abuse of Covid funds the audit would not have happened. Now instead of praising Ali Nasser, Kazako is full of praises for his master for instituting an audit. Really? Is this Minister in Malawi or in Mars? By all means the one to get a credit is Ali Nasser, not Nonse Alliance.

Russie
Russie
26 days ago

Wrong xenophobic statistics. Malawians are the ones all over neighboring countries because of lack of job opportunities here. We are poor because we don’t want to learn new ideas from these foreigners. Tilima ndi khasu mpaka liti?

Mlomwe
26 days ago

HRDC just wants to be relevant. Such demands could be ideal if Government was silent.

It’s a shame that instead of waiting for Government’s actions, HRDC rushes to make other demands.

How would you be respected?

People do think and reason. Demonstrations should not be used to intimidate.

There should be genuine reasons to call for demonstrations….. mostly ideal when the Government is not listening to its citizens.

Let
Let
26 days ago

Isn’t this man part and parcel of the rot?.

Wa-Vision
Wa-Vision
26 days ago

From what am reading on different platforms, the ruling government needs to hire PR and Image-improving Experts. Let someone project a bit of your government’s positivity!

Otherwise, there is a build up of much negativity against current government. It could be that something good is happening somewhere, but the negativity in the different media platforms is eroding the confidence. This negativity is also weighing everyone down & taking away energy or patriotism. There is nothing to celebrate about.

Please don’t say I didn’t warn you guys. I give free advice.

M. J. Mvula
M. J. Mvula
26 days ago

The HRDC won my heart during those good old days when they mobilized us for a good cause and victory was vindicated through our courts. However, now that the Government unveils a rot and it hijacks the same cause and wants us to go to the streets is both illogical and miscalculated. Gospel Kazako is one of the performing ministers and it would be good to encourage such upcoming young politicians. Let us wear national spectacles and not party spectacles. KEEP IT UP GOSPEL KAZAKO.

Tman
26 days ago

I can’t believe Gospel can respond today like this.He is gone,& going too soon politically brother,check your mouth boss.Your thinking & language doesn’t represent new Malawi.

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
27 days ago

Awanso ankaoneka ngati anzeru asali nduna koma pano alawa udindo ubongo wasokonekwera.

Ife tikuti boma la tonse laba ndalama za amalawi. Mubweze apo biiiii, mademo!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
26 days ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

AZISAZEEEEE

John chidongo
27 days ago

A Kazako mungofuna kulandira nyozonso apa. Misatikwiitse ife. This so called tonse alayansi you getting into our nerves now, mmmmh misatiuze zochita takutoperani inu a kazako. Chifukwa mumalengeza misokhano ya Chakwera ngati ganyu kuti mukhale Minister a ministry yopanda phindu ngati iyo yongoti ati adzibwenzerapo ngongoliyo. Mwadya zomwezo mwamva. Mwinanso inu muli mugulu lomwelo lakuba za covidzi. Mumangidwe basi.

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