Parliamentary committee tells Minister Vuwa to resign over ‘landgate’ scandal

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa Kaunda has come under intense fire from the Legal Affairs Committee of parliament over his handling of the Livimbo school land saga, telling him to resign.

Vuwa Kaunda:  Shifting sand in the land saga

Chairperson of the committee Kezzie Msukwa said this after officials from the ministry of Lands failed to turn for a scheduled meeting with officials from the ministry of Education, Lilongwe city council and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which the committee had called for to find out what happened at the government school.

Msukwa said Vuwa Kaunda’s statements on the issue are “contradictory, incoherent and inconsistent.” s

He said there was need for a thorough investigations after similar reports are emerging of sale of land for public schools at Magweru, Chimutu, New Shire in Lilongwe and other areas in Blantyre.

But Kaunda maintained that no public land has been sold to Asians as some people are saying.

Meanwhile, Civil Society Coalition of Education (Csec) executive secretary Benedicto Kondowe said the criminal acts whereby some government and other officials have been conniving to sell off government property could be nationwide.

“For example, my office was given a query by a councillor in Chinsapo, where part of the land belonging to a school there was given out by some Lands Ministry officials to people, allegedly including a Permanent Secretary!

“Also, in Area 25, a government school plot is being transferred to a business person. This is chaotic and calls for a national land survey to be undertaken promptly to arrest this rot,” he said in quotes reported by The Naion daily newspaper

Kondowe proposed that the audit should probe issues not only at government schools but also public hospitals and other medical facilities.

“I would plead with President Peter Mutharika to actually institute an independent inquiry into this serious matter, as the Ministry of Lands cannot effectively investigate deeds of its crooked officers facilitating this scandal.

“Actually, the ministry has already given some contradictory statements which have not been convincing on what is being done about the matter that puts innocent school learners at a great disadvantage,” he said.

The ministry, through Principal Secretary Joseph Mwandidya admitted that some of its officials were peddling illegal land dealings and that there is corruption rot at the ministry.

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Chikangawa
Chikangawa
2 years ago

Just kill all of them we are tired of these fools destroying our country

Ogendaopandamwala
Ogendaopandamwala
2 years ago

He won’t resign as long as his master Peter mtharika lives ask mtambo and hrdc # demos they will stand in a witness box to say over their noise mouse there voice was not hearld by Peter and Jane.

Kapado Chimulirenji
2 years ago

Let this mechanic go honourably. Like son, like father.

katayeni chitutu
katayeni chitutu
2 years ago

thieves

Matcheso
2 years ago

Kupupuluma a vuwa ndi chimulirenji —

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🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
2 years ago

Koma Malawi kuli purezidenti?zibwana ngati anthu osaphunzira bwanji?awa kuti apitilize kulamula basi Malawi iwalani dzikoli lizafika posawa inu zaka makumi asanu opanda khondo kumaposedwa ndi Rwanda loti kunachitika zolaura tinalakwa chani?kwenikweni!!!!!

Chris's Phiri
Chris's Phiri
2 years ago

If I were Peter Munthalika I would have fired, for now, Ben Phiri for lacking technical capacity to run the critical Ministry of Local Government, Mchacha for not qualifying to take the ministerial position, Dausi for being a liar, DCs Zomba and Nkhotakota for being misplaced.

Darlingtone
Darlingtone
2 years ago

Very sad news to our country why Malawi why?

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
2 years ago

In other countries it would have been an emberrasment to continue in this portfolio. He does not have to forced to resign but he must see it fit to do so. How can you not know massive corruption in your ministry and you are the head. Taking no responsibility whatsoever. Explanations don’t add up. How many pieces of land are simply given to Indians. This is sick

Diaspora
Diaspora
2 years ago

Vuwa ran away to Mzuzu instead of attending to these important and urgent issues. The ministers we have ????

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