MCP donations: Khato in PR spin to cover Simbi’s support to opposition leader

South Africa-based Malawian businessperson Ashanti Simbi Phiri, who  is facing claims that he has been one of the key donors for the  opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for their elections bid in the May 21 Tripartite Elections to the tune of K700 million, has had his public relations office in damage control, playing down that Simbi is one of the most generous donors to the MCP.

Chakwera (left) with MCP veep Sidik Mia and business magnet Simbi Phiri

The MCP leadership is keeping a tight lid on their donors list but information Nyasa Times gathered from the party, Simbi is revered in the rank and file as “most important donor.”

Simbi’s spokesman in Malawi, Taonga Botolo, took to Facebook for  PR spin on the reports that his boss has been one of key donors on MCP.

One of Facebook user, Raymond Chikoko, who is a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) operative, posted a comment after an earlier Nyasa Times story:  “Simbi of Khato, just know MCP you supported, lost. Water Project in our mind.’’

Commenting on the post Botolo denied Simbi being a big donor of MCP, saying it is “propaganda.”

While the spokesman was down playing the story, many top officials of MCP were all praises for the “support” Simbi gave to the party machinery through cash, funds for printing campaign materials in South Africa and operation costs.

Simbi, who runs a construction and engineering firm Khato Holdings Limited, is on record to have accepted being a donor to political parties and that he also give cash to governing Democratic Progressive Party, saying “ is the spirit that I have introduced in this life.”

The bankrolling of DPP and MCP has raised question in some quarters as they interpret it as a move of getting favours from those in power and then have no checks and balances from the main opposition.

The country now has the Political Parties Act that oblige them to declare their sources of funding.

Simbi’s Khato Civils came into the limelight when it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with government to carry out three major projects to provide water to Lilongwe City from Salima, construction of toll gates and an international bus terminal in Lilongwe.

The three projects valued at $1 billion (about K750 billion) have stalled but  the MCP in its manifesto for the May 21 elections promised to complete the project.

 

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Joni
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Joni

MCP SIDZAWINASO CHISAKHO NDIPO SIDZAlamulira dziko la malawi kachiwiri adalamulira kale kamuzu banda ndipo mzimu wake uwuse mumtendere .chakwera anuwo akalamulira kumanda adaukira kale Mulungu kusiya ntchito yamulungu kuyamba ndale yona weniweni ameneyu.abwelere kumpingo ntchito yamulungu ikuwadikira agwade pasi

Amos
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Koma inu a mcp you were so confident of winning this election. Ndipo ndikuseka everyday, munaiwala Kuti Justice Ansah akamachititsa ma press conference, Tippex anali ali mu mthumba Kkkkkkkkkkk lero Everton not Chelsea ndi vice president my foot!!!! Mcp ndiye mutani. Zaka zina five. My God.

Mulomwe
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Mulomwe

Mwanamulomwe Muheya sir akuganiza ziko kuti ndila Mulomwe. Mwasala pang’ono muthamange.

patriotic malawian
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patriotic malawian

If mcp had joined forces with utm zikanakuyenderani. Sad that the opposition in malawi are so greedy and power-hungry. Humble yourself. Akuti kuli property grabbing? See now . Musova

innocent m'bama
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innocent m'bama

fellow malawian lets be united please

simbi you talking about ,he helped many people many parties benfit.on top of this he is a citizen of malawi.

atolankhani ziwani zolemba osati za big Man Simbi leave him alone please.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

kodi inu a Muheya, Did MCP steal from Simbi? Have you told us where DPP and UTM got their money for the campaign? it seems you hate MCP, is it because of your name?

A Few Good Men
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A Few Good Men

Sorry For MCP

A Concern Citizen
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A Concern Citizen

Sorry for yourself and your gogo for stealing elections.