Mutharika’s  lavish mansion: Ombudsman probe plot as questions raised over source of money

Here is the luxurious retirement  beachside mansion of former president Peter Mutharika in Mangochi with top-of-the-range fittings that feature an excess of marble, mosaic and gold, raising questions the source of funds for  the ex-leader  to built the sprawling and opulent home.


Mutharika’s home is extraordinarily opulent
Albert Viol  claims to have received K7.3 million as proceeds of the land sale, complained to the Ombudsman that the land was sold unscrupulously and without his consent to Mutharika ,president of Malawi then.
Mutharika opulent mansion in Mangochi

The astonishing pictures show the gaudy opulence of Mutharika’s retirement private residence.

Inside the property some walls and fixtures are covered in a gold and ivory colour scheme.

There are claims that the ex-leader had improperly benefited from public funds for the construction of his mansion.

But Mutharika through his personal secretary Linda Salanjira said he built his house in Mangochi with his own money.

“Mutharika did not use taxpayers’ money to build his house,” Salanjira said.

She rejected any insinuation that there could be any untoward abuse of state resources by Mutharika to build the Mangochi home.

But pictures of the mansion has attracted comments from citizens that amid a sea of poverty, Mutharika , who accumulated significant wealth during his six-year rule, went on with opulent display by the construction of his lavish home.

Apart from the mansion, the  Mutharika estate includes staff houses.

The ex-leader’s wealth has come under the microscope as his bank accounts remains frozen in criminal investigations to do with cement-gate scandal.

Mutharika has a vast personal fortune.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman is investigating Mutharika over a land in Mangochi where he built his retirement home.

This follows a complaint filed by  a Maldeco Fisheries retiree Albert Viola claiming that some people sold him his land and he wanted to be compensated.

Saulos Mkuluzado, a step brother to Albert Viola who brokered the deal, explained

The land was sold to Mutharika for K30 million when he was president, and after some deductions that went to Ministry of Lands and other charges, the balance was paid to Albert Viola, K7.3 million and Ernest Viola, K12 million plus, as per agreed percentages.

Albert Viola, however,  felt this was far too little as compared to the land he valued to be worth K36 million.

On his part, Mkuluzado said the land, owing to the disagreements between the Violas and as directed by the two, was registered in his name, Saulos Mkuluzado, until it was sold to Mutharika.

He said the ex-Malawi leader duly paid for it though the he does not own it as it is registered under Moyenda Mutharika- his US-based daughter – a lawyer by profession.

The money  to purchase the land was deposited into a National Bank account number 0000000520659, Lilongwe Gateway Service Centre on June 22 2017 and later, application for consent to transfer lease was made to the Commissioner of Lands and it was processed in favour of Moyenda Mutharika.

Former president Mutharika, after his loss in the June 23 2020 Fresh Presidential Election, relocated to Mangochi and settled at this land.

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Nyama zawo
Nyama zawo
7 months ago

At the end of it all, we will all die. Period.

Godfrey
Godfrey
7 months ago

We must remember that the former president was in USA and worked as a lecturer at the university, Working in USA on this position for many years can not rate him came a poor man back home and it’s no surprise to build such a house even if he was not a president. Let’s reason gentleman

Nyama zawo
Nyama zawo
7 months ago
Reply to  Godfrey

No Godfrey, the question is, why did fail to construct such a building in the 40 years that he was working as a lecturer. Did he had to wait to become president? By the way, do you remember that he once lived in a small house somewhere in Blantyre. Investigate this man, plus Bingu and Bakili Muluzi. Mama JB ali pheeee in her small House.

Chakwera has it right now, located in Area 6. Investigate all thieves

Kamchiputu
7 months ago

These two brother/cousins Nkuluzado and Viola are from Chapananga in Chikwawa. Could Chizuma also ask them how they acquired that piece of land. Is there no land in Chapangana where they could settle?

Khamani!!!
Khamani!!!
7 months ago

All you people talking about jealousy, simukumva. The question is not the house – but where the resources to finish the house came from considering that his accounts were frozen? Mwamva?!!!

Pewani
Pewani
7 months ago
Reply to  Khamani!!!

So you froze his account so that he should fail to finish his house? What about if the house was finished by his children? Osamaganiza mopusa ayi. Nsanje pa Malawi yawonjeza.

Khamani!!!
Khamani!!!
7 months ago
Reply to  Pewani

Poverty ! You are poor in your mind – why are you fixated on the house? His accounts were frozen because he was under investigation for the 5bn kwacha fraud – that’s all. If his children built the rest for him – let us see. Where is the money coming from ? He was on record trying to lift the account freezes, so where is the money from?

Malawi will not change until there is accountability- period!

sadyankhwani
sadyankhwani
7 months ago
Reply to  Khamani!!!

mxiiiiiiiiiii, ndipo nzopanda mchere nkomwe, just because you have frozen his bank accounts ndye mumafuna adzichita kugona nyumba yopanda cement chonsecho mwanva kuti ali ndi ana ake ku USA komwe wina akutchulidwayu ndi Lawyer kumeneko. ndye do you think ana amenewa atamva whatever their father is going through basi alephele kuthandiza momwe kutumiza ndikulandira cash kunaphwekera masiku ano. SHUPITTTTiiiiiiii

mtete
mtete
7 months ago

Simple, really. He will never have peace of mind if the mansion was built with plundered taxpayers money whether directly or through dubious means such as handouts from the likes of Sameer Karim. On the other hand, he is laughing his head off if the mansion was built with legitimate money.
One thing though, the man has poor taste for Art. Giraffe live on grassland and not on rocky ground.

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
7 months ago
Reply to  mtete

This poor choice of art and decor must be the product of his wife Ringo.
Did you see the ugly monument her organisation erected at the Parliament roundabout in Lilongwe?

Chinyhu Chawaka
Chinyhu Chawaka
7 months ago

Kodi zima Girrafee izi ndi zija anaziba ku State House?

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

Good observation , coz we heard kuti zinabedwa wakuba wake kukhala Peter Muntharika, nanga angalowe ku state house kukaba Gerrafe ndindani? Only Peter and Norman Chisale can do that.
Ngati akuba Gerrafee what with money??

Pewani
Pewani
7 months ago

Ndinamvapo kuti pulezident akamachoka zinthu zina amatenga. Kaya ndi zoona kaya?

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago
Reply to  Pewani

Eya amaba. taiwala JB!!!!! zoopsa anapanga zija! kuba ndi makatani omwe eh

Steven Mpachika
7 months ago

Leave muthalika alone he has been working less than 50yrs out side Malawi.jelousy will never gain profit

Chinyhu Chawaka
Chinyhu Chawaka
7 months ago

Ngati anaba afufuzidwe mukuopa chani?

Truth Only.
Truth Only.
7 months ago

Lock up Mutharika, shameless corrupt old man. He has no shame living in such opulent palace which a majority of us Malawians suffer from no medicines in our hospitals and many go hungry because he and his brother Bingu have taken a billion dollar or more in bribes. Loch him up. Confiscate his so called palace and convert it into a hotel for profit of Malawians.

Jah
Jah
7 months ago
Reply to  Truth Only.

Nsanje ya kalulu iyi. Neba asadya bread waba basi

Wilson Nkwanda
Wilson Nkwanda
7 months ago

The fact of the matter is that these politicians are stealing from poor Malawians, no wonder this country is not developing. We are the taxpayers and they are busy looting our hard-earned public resources to enrich themselves. Malawians are being towed like slaves when it comes to payment of taxes.
If our Judges cannot punish these looters because of corrupt justice system, God will finally punish them even if they are dead.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

anasiya ma morgage or finished paying ma morgage angati?
tisamangova kuti anthu amagwila ncito ku abroad. ndalama yake ima bill sipanotu

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
7 months ago

The only wise thing to do is to leave this Mutharika guy alone to retire peacefully whether he he stole the money or not he is gonna answer for that one day to his Maker but to try and punish him will not serve us any good. Boma likulephera kumaliza Mulandu wa Bakili ndiye mufuna muziputa zina apa????

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

titadziwa kaye za cumaci. apo bi toto to let the god out

Ginimbi, the illuminate, the likes of Bushiri

When this mansion was not fully completed every one was laughing at Mutharika for occupying an unfinished house even some of useless reporters here called it Nyekhwe palace. Now that it is fully finished and well furnished the very same zombies have changed tune and claim that it was built using stolen money, m;Malawi ndi galudi, nsena sananame pokhapa!

Anor
Anor
7 months ago

Kkkkkk! Anthu odziwa kufufuza ndi kulanda tiyeni tiyambire ku Kasungu President wina anamanganso kumeneko uyo tikafike ku Limbe ku BCA A Former President enanso alinayo kumeneko, uyo wautali ku Thyolo nakonso kuli dziko kumeneko, kutha apo tembenukani uyo waku Zomba kafufuzeni kaya mukapezako chani, osatopa pitililani wa ku nyanja kapangeninso za ntchito mukatha apo pumani kudikira zaka zikumbwerazi kuti awo ali pampando mudzawafufuzenso. Kkkkkkk all these useless efforts for nothing and yet we Malawians are losing land in this country from foreigners and nothing is done.

naneo
naneo
7 months ago

let him enjoy his retirement home.amalawi munakhala bwanji kod last year munkati alibe nyumba lero mukuti anaba sanje basi .nanuso achakwera musakhale kuti muma kapanga uspy ku den ya azanu dikilani yanu nthawi


TEMWEKA
7 months ago
Reply to  naneo

malawians are full of jelousy.

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