Minister Botomani rejects calls to resign, says video clip illegal

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani, has rejected calls to quit over  revelations that  taxpayers are financing travel allowances for the Cabinet ministers and their entourages for coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic assignments, when he had publicly denied the same.

On record: Botomani says video was recorded without our consent

Botomani was also filmed talking to Minister of Health Jappie Mhango before briefing journalists on Covid-19 fight about the allowances issue on how to shield the information from the public.

The ministers did not realise the microphone was on and thought they were discussing off  the record.

The video clip went viral on social media.

Asked by a local radio if he had seen the video recording, Botomani said he has seen it   – but he was furious at having been recorded without his knowledge.

“It was unprofessionally [done], someone just recorded it without our consent,” said Botomani.

Calls have been growing for the government spokesperson to resign.

“I will comment later. I am not commenting now,” said Botomani when asked if he would step down.

But a source who recorded the clip  – has since threatened to release further recordings – which  are  in the public interest.

“There’s a lot of very corrupt things happening in the Covid-19 response, and I am going to blow the whistle on a lot of them,”  the Nyasa Times source said.

Meanwhile,  HRDC has questioned the two ministers logic to swindle Covid-19 fnds when frontline health workers lament in vain the need for essentials to effectively do their jobs while they go around the country spending millions that are supposed to buy  personal protective equipemtn (PPEs) for the health providers.

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cconcerned citizen
cconcerned citizen
9 months ago

At the district level all government departments are represented which can over see the covid 19 activities headed by the district commissioner. These are the people on the ground who can send reports to the central government. There is no need for the whole minister to be going to the districts . Are they going to do the ground work that the people at the district level are doing? Akufuna kumapita konko as away for them to claim the allowances basi.

Mdala
Mdala
9 months ago

Why do we Citizens of this beautiful country depend on leaders who cheat, lie, and steal from us?

Concerned citizen
9 months ago

Instead of discussing allowances, talk about the evolving situation with our neighbors. How secure are our boarders?

There is a major risk of importing cases.

1v1 shoot
1v1 shoot
9 months ago

Thats inhuman..corrupt country..corrupt people..
Instead of dealing with the corona virus pandemic your busy stealing money

Super Duper
Super Duper
9 months ago

Botomani is the worst type of thief! He is a crook, liar and untrustworthy. He is the type that would engage in bestiality. He lies all the time. He needs to resign and get arrested immediately. He has stolen a lot things that everyone knows about. He is a culprit and the worst of the worst. Send him home please. He is unqualified and a huge embarrassment to the nation. He doesn’t belong to things that he is entrusted with. He is inept and unfit to hold any governmental or political office. He doesn’t know how to take responsibility. He… Read more »

Pachalo
Pachalo
9 months ago

Worse than an armed robber! He is so greedy that he cannot resign…the only way to deal with such a kind is to do what the Chinese do with corrupt public officials. . That’s the only language that corrupt politicians understand!! Look at him..so young but so corrupt!!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

pakamwa mpaboma.
he is a shit.

akukana popeza Dausi ndi Pitala nde maboss ake .
mutu ngati khwiya

Dr. Mvuma
Dr. Mvuma
9 months ago

The issue of corruption in Malawi is a Curse. It is as if we went to the University and got a PhD in corruption specialty. Church Bishops, Apostles , Prophets , Pastors and congregations we need to realize that this “CORRUPTION” is a Demonic Monster Curse that needs serious Prayer. Declare war against it. For it if tolerated, it will kill Malawi and also the Church.

Guest
Guest
9 months ago

Botman it’s your own lips that are accusing you, you refused of collecting any allowances in a public, its the same public that heard you speaking contrary to your own speech as well, however, accept the public call too to step down. Respect the public otherwise it’s the same public that will demonstrate for your own contradictions. Resign peacefully before the public forces you to do so Botman.

Tingo
9 months ago
Reply to  Guest

not only stepping down such ministers need to be prosecuted

Neno
Neno
9 months ago

EVEN THE FACE AND THE EYES CAN TELL THE STORY ABOUT HIM.

Chief
Chief
9 months ago
Reply to  Neno

😂😂😂

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