Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) vice-chairperson Kamlepo Kalua has claimed to have received a threat to his life on the mobile phone and through public utterances of officials from ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Kalua claimed DPP’s “political terorrists” had been organised to assassinate him for his outspoken comments that there are seven serving Cabinet ministers implicated in the report as disclosed by Auditor General.
But the Rumphi East member of Parliament (People’s Party-PP) and PP third vice-president, has vowed that no amount of threats will stop him from exposing corrupt gangsters.
“As a citizen of Malawi and someone who loves my country I will not be intimidated by anyone. My stand still remains. All corrupt people should pay for taking Malawians as fools. This is not about regions or tribes.As Malawians let us all unite to stop this nonsense once and for all,” Kalua said in a statement he took to his Facebook page.
“Since my calls to have the corrupt ministers exposed..I have been receiving death threats and unnecessary threats from those in power. For those who listened to the rally the State President addressed in Thyolo..my name was all over in their mouths,” stated Kalua.
Kalua also cited remarks at presidential rally by DPP regional governor for the south Charles Kamchacha that ” Tiauza a nyamata athu ma cadet athane naye Kamlepo [we will deploy our militia DPP cadres to deal with Kamlepo]”
He also stated that fellow members of parliament have been threatening him with death and exposed them as MP Maluwa from Chikwawa ( DPP) using mobile number 0999933771 and MP Kalimanjila of Nsanje central (DPP) mobile number 0888323546.
Kalua said he was making the MP’s death threats in public “so that Malawians should know what type of leaders we have in parliament.”
Apparently, Kalua had been vocal in demanding the dismissal of the said seven Cabinet ministers named in the forensic audit report covering the period 2009 to December 2014 which established that about K236 billion and not K577 billion in public funds as initially estimated could not be accounted for.
He wondered: “ If these people are innocent why are they threatening me?”
DPP has a history of abductions and killings.
Said Kalua: “Malawians are still waiting to hear the verdict on the deaths we have witnessed during the DPP era: Robert Chasowa (RIP) 20 July victims (RIP). We are a democratic country and as such I will never be intimidated.”
On Monday President Peter Mutharika gave the legislator 24-hour ultimatum to disclose names of serving Cabinet ministers implicated in the recent forensic audit report.
Kalua insists he has the names of cashgate suspects but challenged that he would not provide the names as per Mutharika’s request because he had no such mandate to name and shame.
“Is he [the President] serious that I should travel from [in Lilongwe] just to give him names when there is an office responsible right there, the Anti-Corruption Bureau [ACB] and the Auditor General which have these files and are public offices?
“The President has told Malawians that he does not work on ultimatums, but he is issuing one to me. I also don’t like ultimatums,” Kalua is quoted as saying.
Kalua argued that the President could not claim that he did not have the names when the Attorney General had advised the Auditor General against releasing the names when the demand was first made after the forensic audit was released.
He said: “How can the President reconcile that the Auditor General went to the Attorney General to seek guidance on releasing names and he was advised against the idea? What names was the Auditor General referring to?”
Auditor General Stepheson Kamphasa said the Attorney General’s office had advised against releasing the names of individuals and businesses named in the audit report for fear of legal implications and jeopardising investigations.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :