Malawi leader Mutharika pleads innocent on K145m: MBC airs edited interview

President Peter Mutharika’s  used an interview program on the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Thursday which pleaded innocent to the contentious K145 million donation suspected to have been proceeds of crime in much-publicised Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam.

Mutharika in defensive mode

The K145 million payout to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was deposited by  Pioneer Investment Limited in a bank account for which President Mutharika is a sole signatory.

Anti Corruption Bureau investigation report  showed that PI Limited made an abortive interest claim of K466 million from Police and deposited the controversial K145 million into the DPP bank account at Standard Bank.

Mutharika responded to questions by veteran journalist Vincent Khonyongwa, the newly promoted
acting director of News and Current Affairs in Talk to the President programme.

The President said in the 30-minute recorded interview that the K145 million was an “honest’’ donation which his party announced it will refund the funds, saying he did not know the donation is suspected to have been proceeds of a crime.

PI Limited deposited the funds in the DPP account immediately after getting a K2.7 billion payment for police food rations contract.

Mutharika said he was a victim of a political smear campaign ahead of nex year’s elections.

“I know of a few individuals who were sent by other parties to tarnish my name and the DPP,” he said.

“All over the world  people receive donations and it is normal for people to receive donations,” stressed Mutharika.

But Mutharika said the graft-busting body were free to carry out investigations, saying he would never interfere with the bureau.

Said Mutharika: “I do not interfere in the ACB. Never. Interfere for what?”

During the interview program there a few gaffes as President Mutharika mentioned banks long ago closed as those processing civil servants housing scheme.

For instance, when he was asked about loans for a housing scheme for lower grade civil servants, Mutharika answered with confidence that he was talking to Indebank and other banks when in actual fact Indebank folded up in the country years back.

Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)—listed National Bank of Malawi (NBM) recapitalized Indebank Limited from retail to development banking. Indebank was established in 1972 and derives its name from Investment and Development Bank Limited—the original name at the time of its founding.

The aired program was heavily edited with most of the materials which Mutharika  initially said and were in the promotion material were edited out.

MBC edited out his responses to vice president Saulos Chilima’s pledge that he would create one million jobs once voted into power as well as the part in which he said it was normal for a chief executive offiver of a company or organization to be a sole bank account signatory.

 

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DPP

It’s happening in Romania. Why can’t Malawians do a peaceful protest . We need to protect Malawi. These looters needs to go by force.

Mbava zibweza K145 mililion Party
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Kodi Pumbwayu wakalambadi eti? Alamu Pumbwa Mwakalamba pumani. In 1958 you were in form 4 and that is 60 years ago. A mdala zoona donation from a Police deal to dpp. That’s corruption. Donation through corrupt means and that is why the acb wants to prosecute you, Botomani and Zameer. You are protected by the constitution. Nzomera has a case to answer and you too. I hate thieves and I can’t vote for you.

Mbava zibweza K145 mililion Party
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If Banja la Mtsogolo came in 1936, mwenzi munthuyu kulibe. Mimba yake ikadachotsedwa. Mwinanso Helodi akadalamula kuti wana wonse wamuna wobadwa July 1930-40 adziphedwa. Mavutowa mwezi kulibe.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Inde Bank itipase ngongole basi.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory
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Cognitive Dissonance Theory

ACB should be called bungwe lo limbana ndi mchitidwe wa Umutharika

Ngombwax
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Ngombwax

🤔🤔🤔? How very true!

Cognitive Dissonance Theory
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Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Mutharika is a new word for corruption in Malawi. Mutharika=corruption or Mbava

DR MANGA
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THE KING IS ABOUT TO BE CHECKMATED.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

It is very difficult for an old man to the together complicated lies into a coherent story. At his age it is difficult to differentiate a lie from truth especially when the people around him have created a parallel universe for him made up of alternative truths. This time around he is cornered and has looking for escape route which I belive will be very difficult to find. If he starts crying victim then we know the end is nigh. None of what he has said in the interview make sense……not that anything he says makes sense anyway.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Yes,all over the world people/ party receive DONATIONS. But such donations are declared to avoid fraudulent suspicions.
Like what happened in this crooked scenario. Who else was aware about the account? Who gave PI ‘the DPP’ account’s details? Normally the depositor calls the account’s holder ‘I have deposited’, who did he call? Who acknowledged receipt? Usually banks send transactional updates. Who received the sms? The account was withdrawn of K65 million, was the withdrawer not surprised with the balance? Did he question its sources?
Ngati apapa sikuonapo uMBAVA then let’s declare corruption is NO LONGER a CRIME in Malawi.
SHAME!!!

Odala
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Odala

instead of him to apologise to Malawians so that he is seen to be human!

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