Mutharika justifies appointment of financial expert to be anti-corruption czar

President Peter Mutharika is convinced that Lucas Kondowe, a man he has appointed director of the Anti Corruption Bureau-ACB has the acumen and technical expertise to bring immediate results on cash gate related matters.

The President appointed accountant Kondowe as Director General of ACB on Wednesday, 8th October, 2014, making him the first ACB boss who is not a lawyer. Kondowe is yet to be approved by the Public Appointments Committee-PAC of Parliament.

Kondowe:Awaits Parliament's approval
Kondowe:Awaits Parliament’s approval

Kondowe, a qualified chartered certified accountant (FCCA) was General Manager -Finance, Planning and Strategy at First Merchant Bank and is also a certified public accountant (CPA).

And speaking to members of the media after meeting opposition leaders whom he contested against during the May 20 polls at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Thursday, President Mutharika described Kondowe as an ideal candidate for the ACB’s top most job.

“The cash gate is very complicated because it involves very complicated transactions.”

“I thus found Mr Kondowe who is a certified accountant, fraud examiner and financial forensics specialist to be the best person to lead ACB. Am very sure he will be able to trace these cash gate transactions and very son you will see some progress, ” the president explained.

Issues surrounding cash gate were also part of the discussion between President Mutharika and the other presidential candidates on Thursday.

Peoples Transformation Party-PETRA leader, Kamuzu Chibambo said opposition leaders urged the president to ensure that all culprits are brought to book.

” We told the president that it was important for people to know what happened and who did what on the cash gate. Some are taking court cases as persecution, but we said no, the law must take its course,” Chibambo said.

Over K20 billion is reported to have been plundered at Capital Hill, the theft which has made some donors  withdraw their direct budgetary support.

Many people have been arrested in connection with the plunder but only former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Theresa Namathanga Senzani has been convicted and sentenced.

Senzani was convicted in August after pleading guilty to charges of theft and money laundering amounting to K63 million. High Court Judge in Lilongwe, Ivy Kamanga sentenced her to three years imprisonment with hard labour.

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voter
voter
7 years ago

Right choise lawyers have let us down for so long

Nafe
Nafe
7 years ago

Coooooool

Busingwa
Busingwa
7 years ago

Thank you

Namilanzi
Namilanzi
7 years ago

Justification yanu taimva a President

Komabe tikhala tikuyembekezera kuti mugwire mbava zonse za Cashgate ndikuonetsetsa kuti abweza zonse zomwe anabazo

Druza
Druza
7 years ago

Alright Bwana

But ours are eyes and ears

We wil keenly follow what you have siad

Lucas
Lucas
7 years ago

Right choice!

Chikondi
Chikondi
7 years ago

Justification accepted

Sammy Phiri
Sammy Phiri
7 years ago

Modi

Tamva

Horris
Horris
7 years ago

Cheers bwana APM

Nomsa
Nomsa
7 years ago

Thanks for your trust in him and idea to assure us why you chose him.

Malawi needs hardworking officers to get to the bottom of cashgate. Therefore if this man is indeed the right one we want to see progress soon.

Thanks for telling us why him in the first place

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