Matola calls DPP ‘professional thieves’: Malawi govt sends high-powered delegation of 11 at PAC conference

Secretary General of the erstwhile ruling Peoples’s Party (PP) Ibrahim Matola irked the high-powered delegation of 11 officials  from government  to the sixth All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference  organised by   Public Affairs Committee (PAC) in Blantyre when he said the Peter Mutharika administration  was full of “professional thieves”.

DPP Secretary General Grizeder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey and Ntaba attending PAC conference oin ‘the future of Malawi’

Malawi government high powered delegation at PAC meeting

Matola claimed Malawi has a “corrupt” government.

His comments did not go down well with the government delegation.

But there were more scratching attacks to government that followed.

In his presentation titled ‘corruption: its impact on social economic development in Malawi,” economist Henry Kachaje said there is “lack of leadership” as corruption is worsening.

Kachaje, who is also president of the Economist Association of Malawi (Ecama), said there are selected people in government who are benefitting from corruption and want to silence those rebuking the vice.

“It is interesting to see that there are people who were very noisy during the last conference, but are now quiet because they have changed sides (now with government). You wonder if their ideologies have changed, but no, that is what money can do. But you should know that some of us love this country so much and be assured we cannot be silenced.

“This country is poor and corrupt because it has no leaders,” he said.

In his presentation on public trust,   Garton Kamchezera, a law professor at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), said Malawians have lost trust in government.

“There is erosion of public trust, evidenced by poor governance and lack of accountability,” he said.

Government had claimed that it had not been invited to the conference but the governance watchdog insisted they were invited and confirmed attendance.

And PAC executive secretary Robert Phiri said government asked for more representation at the conference and they allowed them.

At the meeting in Blantyre, government had a delegation which included presidential advisors Hetherwick Ntaba, Mabvuto Bamusi, Apostle Timothy Khoviwa and director of communications for State House Bright Molande.

Others attending the conference are senior cabinet ministers who include Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango.

Also attending the conference are ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greselder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey, national legal advisor Charles Mhango, MP and regional governor for south Charles Mchacha as well as Ken Msonda a member.

Matola: DPP are professional thieves

PAC  chairperson Reverend Dr. Felix Chingota challenged that the quasi religious organisation will not be stampeded to promote falsehood as it  continue  its watchdog role  to proclaim the truth and held those in power accountable.

“We will not fold our hands because of castigations or mudslinging from some quarters and within ourselves,” he said

Chingota said government has been parading civil society organisations bankrolled from State House, and chiefs on the tax-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation to castigate PAC and the conference.

He said Malawi needs a new political architect to turn things around, saying the conference is for the larger good of the nation

“We are aware in modern times; children of darkness have become smarter than children of the light. However, truth and justice will prevail, PAC shall remain PAC,” Chingota said.

Fifty-three years after independence, Malawi, by most measures, remain not just one of the poorest nations in the world, but also an unequal society with a majority living below the poverty line while struggling with poor living conditions and disease and malnutrition.

 

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mtete
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Bravo PAC. As for government, you could have sent the whole cabinet and as many DPP die hards as you would have wanted but you could not deter PAC, a grouping of serious thinking patriotic people.

I am sure Dausi, Ntaba, Mphepo, Jeffrey (did she follow the proceedings?) and all those who blindly follow DPP now appreciate that PAC is not political.

As for Mr Matola, it would have been better to keep quiet as there were several thieves in PP, including you, when JB was systematically robbing the country.

Leonard
Guest

Kkkkkkkkk professional thief’s

Kuchitekete
Guest

Sorry. Campaign yonse ija kufuna kuzunza a Malawi. God must guide you. Malawians, of good will lets continue praying for our country.

AUZE
Guest

Another highly proffessional thief is currently on the run and she keeps missing her plan back home. She thought Peter would die soon according to her witchcraft hence that is why she has been postponing her coming thinking that her spell will work

the eagle
Guest

DPP ndi chipani cha mbava zikuzikulu, atiwonongera dziko apumbwa amenewa and giving them another chance is unpardonable mistake that the nation will leave to remember

Abiti
Guest

Bravo PAC. Do what you’re mandated to do for Malawi, don’t be intimidated. This is our Malawi, Dzuka Malawi Dzuka. Because of few greedy people most Malawians have been turned to beggers. God’s operate in his own time and this is the time to shame the devil.

Malume
Guest

politicians in Malawi politics will lead us nowhere, becouse their understanding of politics is NDALE not real politics understanding. Machiavellian understanding of politics. ……philosopher kings may help not the prince we have

Hudson magawa
Guest

bravo PAC, fight with these thieves and make Malawi corrupt free government

Mjomba Ayuzy
Guest

June 8, 2017 at around 11:00hrs; I realized the big role PAC performs.

Mzozodo
Guest

The deliberations were in English, I wonder if Jeff wa Jeffrey grasped anything

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