PP ready to produce evidence against DPP: Malawi cash-gate

The governing People’s Party (PP) says it is ready to produce objective material evidence at any given time in form of vouchers, cheques and audit reports or queries and subsequent recommendations regarding the resource plundering during the reign of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

In a media statement signed by the PP Deputy Secretary General, Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo, the ruling PP denies that President Joyce Banda and her cabinet participated in the illegal purchase of the Mayor of Lilongwe House Number 10/365 on Ulemu Road by the DPP President Peter Mutharika at the ridiculous price of K3.7 million when that amount cannot even buy a piece of land in this or any other exclusive suburb in Malawi.

The PP statement follows claims in The Daily Times of Monday, October 28, 2013, by the DPP Secretary General Dr. Jean Kalilani that her party is not to blame for the theft of public money in government.

In the paper, Kalilani demands that the PP Government should produce evidence of the “DPP responsibility” for the infamous looting of public resources.

Kalilani: DPP demands evidence

But in the strongly-worded statement, Mwenifumbo explains that “indeed, President Banda and her cabinet did not participate in the illegal sale of houses to Bineth Trust as per the National Audit Office (NAO) audit report”.

The properties include House Number 3/028 on Glynn Jones Road; House Number 3/048 on Glynn Jones Road; House Number 3/146 on Mtunthama Drive; and House Number 12/177 on Kaduya Road”.

“The PP equally wants the DPP to produce evidence of Her Excellency’s involvement in these illegal sales, which the National Audit Office recommended to be withdrawn (refer to page 27 of the 2012 NAO report).

“The PP is proud that Her Excellency the President—unlike the DPP regime—has invested immeasurable personal commitment to rooting out fraud and corruption in Malawi,” reads the statement in part.

According to the governing party, the President has also “categorically stated that she will not spare anyone who was involved in the looting of public resources’.

“We know she means it. But the same cannot be said of the DPP regime that, after it was told of the plundering, it did not move to seal loopholes and punish the perpetrators. Instead, the DPP leadership started participating, aiding as well as abating the pilferage of public money,” Mwenifumbo says.

In conclusion, the PP says it is certain that Malawians will not forget that Professor Peter Mutharika, the DPP presidential candidate in the 2014 elections unscrupulously bought a Malawi Housing Corporation House (MHC) in Nyambadwe (Blantyre) at a price lower than its net book value, causing huge loss for this State-owned organization; and that Professor Peter Mutharika illegally bought the Mayor’s house in Lilongwe at a give-away price and Malawians should know that come 2014 when the capital city elects a mayor, he or she will have no official residence—all because of the DPP presidential candidate’s greed.

Concludes the statement: “As PP, we hope that Malawians will not forget that Dr. George Chaponda, the DPP Leader in Parliament who is very close to Professor Mutharika, illegally grabbed a government institutional building, leaving people working on a medical college project stranded and that during the DPP regime, the case against an accounts officer found with K400 million in his bank account was discontinued, leaving room for more plundering to occur as no example was set against the theft.”

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