Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera on Monday called for President Peter Mutharika to resign over allegations he received a K145 million ( ($200,000) kickback from a K2.3 billion (about $4 million) government contract.
Chakwera told a news conference in Lilongwe after Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) leaked investigations report on transactions involving Malawi Police Service and Pioneer Investments—a firm suspected to have fraudulently supplied food rations – implicates both the President and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as beneficiaries of alleged fraudulent dealings between the Police and Pioneer Investments of Zameer Karim.
“We as MCP would like to call for the resignation of the President because he cannot continue ruling the nation and pave way for smooth investigations,” said Chakwera.
“We in the opposition have previously and tirelessly raised such issues of nauseating corruption by President Peter Mutharika’s administration,” he told journalists in a combative address.
“He needs to resign and call for early elections.”
Chakwera maintained that Malawi needs a leader with a vision to end theft and corruption.
He expressed concern that the leaders the country has currently are thieves and corrupt.
“But the truth is coming out and it will set us free.”
According to the leaked dossier, President Mutharika was a beneficiary of the fraud after Karim transferred K145 million to a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) bank account at Standard Bank where the President is the sole signatory.
The K145 million is suspected to be part of proceeds of payment which ACB has been investigating.
Mutharika has called the allegations “fake news” designed to smear him ahead of an election next year.
Presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani has subsequently dismissed allegation that the President participated in fraud, saying the funds were a donation to a DPP headquarters building project.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) have called for President Peter Mutharika’s resignation within 14 days over the matter.
And United States Ambassador Virginia Palmer has said there is need for the ACB to conduct a thorough investigation without any interference.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :