Opposition demand Attorney General resigns over Malawi police food scandal

Eight opposition parties including the erstwhile ruling People’s Party (PP)  have issued demands for Attorney General Charles Mhango to immediately resign for putting the Malawi government at risk in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) controversial food rations procurement.

Attorney General Charles Mhango: Faulted on police food scandal

Attorney General is government’s chief legal adviser. And Mhango also serves as ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legal adviser.

A leaked  Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)   docket of an says,  the Attorney General got involved when he had knowledge that the Minister of Finance was not the guarantor in the deal as demanded by the law.

However, in a strange event, the Malawi Police Service was the guarantor to the loan at the commercial bank.

Seven months before the said contract was awarded to Pioneer, some top police officers facilitated and guaranteed a loan amounting to K3 billion from CDH Investment Bank for the supplier but after police paid the money, the cheque was deposited into a different bank forcing CDH to sue Pioneer and MPS through the Attorney General.

“We demand the immediate removal or resignation of the Attorney General as these issues and others have deeply compromised him,” the statement from the opposition reads in part.

The eight parties are part of a 13-member grouping of opposition political parties that are finalising the formulation of Tikonze Dziko Lathu coalition, whose membership include People’s Party (PP) and the troubled Alliance for Democracy (Aford), ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

“This is why previously there have been strong calls but ignored that the AG’s office ought not to be occupied by party functionaries,” adds  a statement issued.

ACB has been investigating a Malawi police food supply contract, worth around 2.8bn kwacha that was awarded to a firm owned by businessman Zameer Kari, called Pioneer Investments.

The report alleges that the head of finance of Malawi’s police, Innocent Bottomani, and Karim had “connived” to award Pioneer Investment a contract to provide 500,000 food ration packs.

Days after the contract was signed, Pioneer Investment allegedly asked for a change to the agreed price from 2.3bn kwacha to nearly 2.8bn – the report says the change was fraudulently approved by  Bottomani.

When Karim was paid for supplying the food ration packs in 2016, he allegedly deposited 145m kwacha into a DPP bank account that is reportedly managed by President Mutharika.

Both Karim and Bottomani have denied involvement in the alleged fraud.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended prosecution police officers involved in the food rations procurement.

The findings of the PAC investigation show that the contract was formulated without consulting the Attorney General and concludes that there was no justification for the upward revision of the contract from K2 327 087 500 to K2 793 087 500.

The upward revision of K466 million representing 20 percent of the initial contract plus a later claim of interest close to K500 million are the main bone of contention for the controversial deal.

PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani confirmed the findings of the report and added that the committee feels vindicated that there was criminality in the saga by the findings of the ACB report.

He said the  “criminal enterprise” should be immediately investigated.

Nyasa Times has consistently been reporting  about the e interest claim controversy by Pioneer Investments until the local press picked it up  which prompted a public inquiry by the parliamentary oversight committee and then the ACB launched its investigation.

“We call upon President Mutharika to establish a commission of inquiry comprising persons of high repute in society to establish whether the 500 000 ration packs were indeed bought and supplied to MPS and the said packs were value for money,” reads the statement for the a coalition of parties.

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Gwamula
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Gwamula

One of Malawi’s very incompetent Attorney General on record

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Pali conflict of interest apa. AG supposed to advise gov. on legal issues. At the same time he is also legal adviser for the ruling party. Apapa inagwa pamphuno.

chimanga Chaponda
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Malawian lawyers are all crooked. he can never resign. For him it is normal just like any other lawyer would see it

santana
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santana

So the opposition can have hope on these allegations that they can win the elections in 2019? Lero izi mawa izo koma popanda chanzeru chilichonse. Siinu mumakana ndalama ya chitukuko chifukwa choti ndalamayo ipita straight kwa anthu? MCP is the veteran Leader of Opposition and will be on this post till the coming of Jesus. Mwalephera kuuza anthu kuti akalembetse pano mwayamba kukuwakuwa. Five general elections failing the presidency yet the party have not come to its senses.

Becks
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Becks

Inu a satana panalibepo MCP apa.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

If the AG’s integrity is questioned or is under some cloud, then its time to go sir. Pack your bags before people of Malawi strips you of your powers. it is a disgrace for a whole AG to be fingered in corruption case given your position which is to protect the law of the land with your life/integrity. If you don’t resign then it means you’re not worth the position in the first place.

Natty Prince
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Natty Prince

Iwe tada ukuoneka kuti sulikonda dziko la Malawi kodi ndalama zakubazi mukudya nawo eti?chifukwa chake olo maina anu makadeti mumabisa umbuzi eeeti

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Malawians are like crying babies, who are abused by adults but dont do anything, People in other countries react to foolish habits, docility in Malawi is affecting us as all leaders come to Malawi, abuse us and go.

Tada
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Tada

Leave the Attorney General alone. MCP and these other small parties should stop concentrating on non-issues. Go and get people to register for elections instead of wasting time on this issue.

Amdala bambo
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Amdala bambo

CHANGE IS COMING IN MALAWI VERY SOON

dinky
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dinky

kodi ka ndalama kakang,ono ngati kameneka muzingolubwalubwa iyaa anthu akudya ma billiion ka half million mkachani zazzii

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