Nakhumwa ordered to pay back allowances he falsely claimed

“He has to pay back what he wrongfully claimed.”

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has ordered the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to recover all the allowances that were paid to the country’s Leader of Parliament (LoP) within seven days.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa who is also legislator for Mulanje Central constituency is said to have falsely pocketed K3.6 million in Covid-19 allowances and fuel refunds.

Nankhumwa: Ordered to pay back Covid 19 allowances in 7 days

Nakhumwa who is competing for the position of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president received the money between October last year and January this year for meetings of the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus.

Dr Chalamira Nkhoma, co-chair of the ‘Taskforce’ said; “Only Nakhumwa and Inkosi Ya Makosi Mbelwa V that were receiving food and accommodation allowances that Nakhumwa and Inkosi Ya Makssi Mbelwa.”

“We will be engaging honourable Nakhumwa on the matter to recover the money. He has to pay back what he wrongfully claimed.”

Inkosi Ya Makosi Mbelwa travelled from Mzimba to Lilongwe for the meetings on Covid-19.

However, Nyasa Times investigations revealed that Nakhumwa resides in Lilongwe and therefore he was not supposed to get the allowances for fuel and accommodation as Parliament foots that bill by virtue of him being the Leader of Opposition.

Got you – now pay back

PAC has since given Nakhumwa seven days to return the money, which he received under false pretence in obtaining allowances.

PAC vice chairperson, Nedson Poya who is also UDF leader of the house and Parliamentarian for Zomba Ntonya in a telephone interview was coy to be drawn to comment on the matter, said: “It is truth that PAC has ordered the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to recover money that was wrongfully claimed.”

“For now that is all I can say and I have no further comment to make on the matter,” said Poya.

According to a document, which Nyasa Times has seen, Nakhumwa was entitled to K60,000 as daily subsistence allowance but he pocketed that amount twice for 10 days thus K120,000 for each day.

The allowances amounted to K1.2 million and he also received K257,694 on each of 12 days and K311,000 on each of six days as fuel refunds. This amounted to about K2.4 million.

Nankhumwa who was roped into the taskforce in his capacity as Leader of Opposition (LoP) uses an official car and is already entitled to fuel and house allowances. He is also usually escorted by a police officer on his engagements, which is one of the benefits as LoP.

Nakhumwa is on record to have confirmed that he indeed received the allowances and said in his defence that he was getting the money in brown envelopes without instructions on which amount was for fuel and which one was for subsistence allowance.

Nakhumwa, who leads a DPP break-away faction a few months ago also claimed that the revelations are politically motivated because he called out the Tonse Alliance led government over the K6.2 billion Covid-19 scandal.

The vocal and militant rights body, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Gift Trapence has demanded that the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to make it public all expenditure reports that the 13 Covid-19 clusters submitted to the Taskforce.

” People who have been embroidered in the mismanagement, misappropriation or theft of public funds such as Covid-19-19 fund must not only be told to pay back but must also be prosecuted and face the long arm of justice,” said Trapence.

President Chakwera’ in his national address recently warned that his government will not protect anyone, he said:” “If the finger of evidence points at you, you are going to jail,” warned Chakwera.

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UTMCP
11 days ago

Kodi guys you are saying kuti Burundians must go back to Dzaleka, nanga atumbuka akungoyendayenda mtawunimuwa abwerera liti?!!?

Castello Ibrahimz
Castello Ibrahimz
11 days ago

We have heard about this nakhumwa, he must pay back, my question is, was he alone in this saga? Who was authorising? Didn’t the authorising officer know where nakhumwa resides or his entitlements, or was it a trap becoz he is blue? How about the 62.5m which was syphoned using x-roads hotel, zinathera pati, alipo anamangidwa or kubweza? Please treat everybody equally, we are all Malawians

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
11 days ago

Abwenze, chuma chathu kumadibwa chonsecho eni akefe tikusowa ndimankhwala mzipatala.. Shame!!

Gomani Maseko Ngoni
9 days ago

Uli ndi chuma kapolo iwe? Hahahaha just work hard you foolish moron.

Phaloni
Phaloni
12 days ago

Nankhumwa tiyankhuleni please…

Kamphungu Luhanga
Kamphungu Luhanga
12 days ago

How if Nankhumwa would have donated that 3. Chakuti Million to 10 Women at Mugona, Zolozolo,Chikomplaza. He would have been blessed.

Gent
Gent
12 days ago

Mr get your wages through the bank and when money gets deposited into your account, you see the message (phone banking). In this Fifth Generation of Technology (G5) still getting big amount of money through brown envelopes? This does not add up Sir. Find another way of defense. Take note time is up for you politicians and your cronies to acquire wealth in dubious way. You shall never hold Malawi for ransom again. You are going to pay back every Tambala you have stolen period.

Zgapopotoka
Zgapopotoka
11 days ago
Reply to  Gent

Yes, and our children across Malawi are after you thieves

Mngoni
Mngoni
13 days ago

Countrymen, this rot does not only affect these two gentlemen. We have lots of them. Why don’t you go and arrest them also?

This selected justice will not do this country any good. Same taskforce some are left Scot free while others being grabbed by their necks.

I pity my country. So shameful and pathetic. Our leaders must be genuine not this type of leadership where criminals are massaged.

Zgapopotoka
Zgapopotoka
11 days ago
Reply to  Mngoni

We will not catch them wholesale or as a bunch but one at a time starting with your uncle Nankumwa the thief. We only catch the one we can reach to at that point in time

Kamchiputu
13 days ago

Why is this story focusing on Nankhumwa only when as we hear some Ministers (who have secretly paid back the money to avoid embarssment of being fired) also are involved?

Jobless
Jobless
12 days ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

Tell us who are these ministers that paid money back. If they are indeed there why Nankhumwa is silent if he knows that there are ministers who pocketed allowances. Please tell the nation. Otherwise we are not fair to point fingers at the president/NAO that he is hiding some people. Please come out, your evidence is will help the nation to deal with such nonsense once and for all

Dowa boy
Dowa boy
13 days ago

Nkhani amandipatsira mu envelope ya khaki.polandira amati zachani and akawelenga amapanga nazo chani. Basi apachikidwe pa mtanda ngololakwa no excuse apa.akauwa ngati zoona. Shame

John gadaga
John gadaga
13 days ago

Poya, wonjeza madzi

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