Malawi President Mutharika challenged on corruption: Chakwera says ‘prove you are not thief’

Leader of Opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has branded President Peter Mutharika’s administration as the most corrupt and challenged him with facts to prove he does not tolerate or benefit from plunder by his henchmen.

President Mutharika greets opposition chief Chakwera

Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera: DPP reeks with the stench of corruption and they cannot investigate it because criminals do not investigate themselves

In his response to an address the President gave on Friday during the opening of the 47th Session of Parliament, Chakwera said on Monday in Parliament that the fact is that Mutharika’s  “countenances corruption among his own ministers” and is surrounded by aides who not only interfere with government processes for awarding contracts, but also ought to be investigated for corruption “for all the inexplicable wealth they have amassed in less than 40 months.”

Chakwera said President Mutharika,  Cabinet Ministers, and the Presidential Aides continue to operate above the nation’s anti-corruption laws that some controlling officers, junior level accountants, civil servants, and department directors feel emboldened to continue looting with impunity, as is the case with some parliamentarians who are systematically abusing their Constituency Development Funds (CFDS).

“If the President really wants to prove that he is not a thief or to show that he does not tolerate or benefit from thievery, he should not just have come here with allegations that some MPs are abusing their CDFs. He should name the constituencies, name the culprits, state the amounts stolen, and present evidence as I did earlier this month when I exposed the fraud that is taking place in the procurement of ESCOM generators, perpetrated by the President’s own aides, a scandal he has yet to respond to or resolve,” said Chakwera.

He said the Escom genset deal is not the only fraudulent deal happening under Mutharika’s watch that they are aware of.

Chakwera  stated that the whole Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government “reeks with the stench of corruption” and they cannot investigate it because “criminals do not investigate themselves.”

The Leader of Opposition said  if any Malawians think he is  exaggerating, they should consider the following partial record:

1) The US$35 million maize acquisition from Zambia (MK25.6 Billion) raised serious issues of corruption according to the two reports from the two separate and independent enquiries.

2) The DPP championed the K577 billion Cashgate (reduced to K236 billion) which to date Mutharika is doing nothing about. To date nothing is being done about the 13 files that were reportedly handed over to the ACB and connecting 7 ministers to the MK577 billion Cashgate.

3) It is alleged that the DPP directly benefitted from the MK500 million that was lost from the Southern Region Water Board

4) It is alleged that the DPP and its functionaries benefitted from the MK5 billion ESCOM scandal involving dubious purchases hence blocking ACB from investigating the matter.

5) His ministers were also allegedly involved in the purported procurement of Malawi Army vehicles with Ashok Leyland involving US$54 million.

6) There are strong allegations about US$10 million embezzlement, money from Malawi Embassy in New York meant for our men in uniform

7) The MK3 billion released from MERA purportedly to buy maize through ADMARC allegedly ended up in DPP. I urge this House to follow up on this to see if indeed maize was bought using this money.

8) The MK2 billion that has vanished from TEVETA allegedly partly found its way to DPP, as the other part was allegedly shared among the operatives

9) The previous DPP Administration influenced senior officers to give loans to businessmen connected to their party. Then this DPP Government quickly sold the bank while promising the people of Malawi that it will collect the toxic loans for the bad debts, but up to this day nothing has been collected.

10) The health sector itself has not been spared from stories of abuse of resources, from the siphoning of funds from the National Aids Commission in the early days of this administration to the more recent scam about funds for allowances related to the Center for Disease Control.

Said Chakwera: “Mr. Speaker Sir these are just the examples we know of, and there is much more.”

President Mutharika delivered his address on Friday to mark the official opening of the 47th session of parliament whose deliberations officially started on Monday as members of the House started commenting on his address.

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kaitano
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Kikkkkkkk am laughing at you guys, zikuoneka kuti mwasowa mtendere ndi Chakwera, let the President prove that he is not a thief, osati zomwe munena apazi Mr Jamax ndi Hatton, mumaona ngati tsiku lina sikudzabwera munthu yemwe adzaimilire a Malawi ndi kulankhula chilungamo? mumaona ngati Dziko la Malawi ndi lanu lokha? mubwerere kwanu komwe kumalolaro kubera anthu osauka, ife a Malawi takana. go to hell with your thieves leave Malawi for Malawians. By the way how long will you be defending the Government full of thieves like this? Jamax stop what you are doing to Mr Chakwera and never again… Read more »
Hatton
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Mr Former man of God, why are you silent on JB’s cashgate? Is it because you benefited from it? You recall Lutepo mentioned your party’s convention that appointed you was financed by JB?
Is this the source of funds that you are using to construct the Maula mansion? How about the donated motor vehicles that you misappropriated from the party for your family use? Is this not thieving. How much wealth have you accumulated since you deserted the pulpit?
Please provide answers to about if your hands are not stained with JB’s cashgate.

ETDA
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Hatton ndiwe munthu opanda nzeru!! we are talking of Pitala and you bring in JB?? smae thinking like your useless president. Munya muona

Jamax
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Abusa a Chakwera tamverani mau, akuti sibwino kumalimbikila kuloza kachisoso kamene kali m’maso mwa mzako pamene mwakomo muli chipika – Aim yanu diyofuna kuyoza a President a dziko lino osati kufunila zabwino dziko lino ayi. Chomwe muyenera kudziwa ndi chakuti inu ndi mbusa ndipo mbili yanu yaubusa kumpingo kwanu sindikukhulupirira kuti ndi yabwino ayi mwina ndi chifukwa chake munasiya – kuthawa ntchito ya Mbuye ngati YONA – Mulungu akamuitana munthu kuntchito yake ndipo munthuyo akaisiya ntchitoyo ndiye kuti pali BVUTO – ndipo bvuto limeneli lidzaonekera posachedwapa – Abusa a Chakwera muli ndi bvuto losachilitsika kumbukilani maitanidwe anu ndipo mulape ndi… Read more »
Achi
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Chakwera! Man of the day. U have my vote.
The best those that hate Chakwera can do is to ask the president to appear in parliament and prove Chakwera wrong in all these allegations right in parliament osati kukalalata ku nsonkhano wa ndale ayi.
What is killing Malawi are the blind hero worshippers

Minority vote president
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Minority vote president

MCP 2019 Boma!!!!!

Chikondi
Guest

Our president is a true sign of old age. Agogo amenewa akulamula ngati mfumu ku mudzi. Adding up all the stolen cash, Malawi would have been somewhere above poverty lines. People are happy to see the dire poverty of millions of Malawians. They are cashing in on poverty, umbuli and lack of information. Malawians deserve someone better than our leader.

Ife ndife a Malawi
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Chakwera is the political storm & wind sweeping tge Dpp thiethery in 2019. We hav had enough of this Dpp rhetoric, we need actions on corruption, unemployment, nepotism any many social ills. Peter wait for a very painful defeat as you clock 80 years. I believe you wont like that as a present, will you?

santana
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Mr Chakwera amenewo. after failing to climb an anthill he is trying his second chance on a mountain. Pepani abussa.

kamale
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what kind of justice is this?? you come and find me in my house and you ask me to prove that i did not steal?? you should be the one proving that i stole from you not he other way round. fodya uyu!

Fanwel Makoloma
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When Rev Chakwera speaks I always give him the benefit of doubt that he speaks the truth, by virtue of being an ordained Revrend. Just as God cannot lie, so as his children. But I am shocked with a blantant lie on one of the issues he has blamed DPP for. The issue of maize bought by MERA. I have had chance to follow up events over the transaction where maize was bought to avert the 2016 hunger. Firstly, the matter was probably the most thoroughly investigated of most of the cases, so much that the Revrend doesn’t have to… Read more »
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