President Laz says no amnesty for DPP corrupt officials: K1.3 trillion plundered in Malawi

President Lazarus Chakwera has said the government will not let off  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) corrupt officials, saying the scale of plunder of public resources by the previous regime is on the larger scale than expected.

President Chakwera: The level of economic plunder by DPP regime was  massive L

He said it is estimated that about K1.3 trillion has been plundered during the DPP led government.

Chakwera said this in a special weekly program on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) called Malawi Watsopano.

In the run-up to the court sanctioned June 23 presidential election, Chakwera and state vice president said the Tonse Alliance government would give amnesty to those who would give back what they stole from the government purse.

“When we said that, we did not know the scale of the plunder. It is theft which was meant to destroy the country, which was meant to bring down the country,” he said.

Chakwera said he has instructed the Minister of Justice  Titus Mvalo – a senior counsel – to ensure that prosecution agencies are well funded so that trials of corrupt officials and those who stole from the government should start in not too distant future.

“Controlling officers who were part of the scheme will not be spared, they will have to face the law. Just telling them to give back what they stole would not be enough, it will send a very bad precedent, we don’t want this to happen in future,” he said.

He said the State will use all available laws to seize property suspected to have been obtained with illicit money or proceedings from corruption or theft.

”We have no control over the courts. It will be up to the courts how they handle cases of individuals that return stolen property. But we’ll not sympathise with people that stole from the public purse,” he said.

Since the Tonse Alliance came into power, there have been shocking revelations from some statutory corporations on how public resources were abused, in some cases allegedly involving officials of the former governing DPP.

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Ted Tepatepa
Ted Tepatepa
10 months ago

What about corrupt MCP or PPP or UTM party officials?
Corruption roots were laid down during. Dr. Banda’s one man rule. Go back in time to. uproot corrupt systems. Otterwise you will scratch the surface like most have tried before and failed instead joining in the loot.

True
True
10 months ago

THEY ARE CREDIBLE CASES OF PEOPLE BEING KILLED IF THEY INTRUDE INTO STATE FOREST – VILLAGERS AROUND THE STATE HOUSE KNOW THIS STORY. MURDER STORIES!!!

Francis Chigoga
Francis Chigoga
10 months ago

Do not let thieves get away with the plunder. Let justice take its course

Don’t Be Useless
Don’t Be Useless
10 months ago

Arrest Bakili Fieldyork Muluzi, Peter Cementgate Mutharika and Joyce Paramount Banda.

Francis Chigoga
Francis Chigoga
10 months ago

You can’t steal poor people’s wealth and expect to go scot free…let justice take its course

Bibo
Bibo
10 months ago

When late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda used the Forfeiture Act , Malawians complained of it as being a bad act that denied them of owning property. The understanding by Kamuzu was that it was wrong to own property or get rich just overnight without explaining the legal source of acquiring it. Kamuzu knew how bad it was to steal from the public purse. Enter Elison Bakili Muluzi, the Forfeiture Act was removed and it became legal to steal from the public purse by his government. This has been a culture in Malawi ever since and the result? stagnation of development… Read more »

Reply to Ignorant.
Reply to Ignorant.
10 months ago
Reply to  Bibo

Bakili Muluzi is the cause of the suffering of millions. He is responsible for the corruption that we see in our country. Bakili partnered the corrupt leaders like Kalaria, and all the others cIrruption Indians.

The citizen!!!!!
The citizen!!!!!
10 months ago
Reply to  Bibo

Bring back Forfeiture Act.

Sikelo Gonani
Sikelo Gonani
10 months ago

Lol, koma Kumangidwa kulipo osakhala masewera ayi! Kuba konse kukathera kundende this time!

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
10 months ago

and such things are being brought now to create a scapegoat because they know they will fail and they want to say they are failing because DPP stole money. Government is a going concern and i that money was stolen, it was for past activities and now MRA and other government agencies are still collecting money and that money should be used to run government now. Yes while it will be important to recover this money but we should not waste much time on the past. Let us manage the present and if we are lucky to recover some money,… Read more »

Mavembe
Mavembe
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

Shut up you fool

Chipato mike
Chipato mike
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

Inu mudzimvetsa osamangogupulira ndalama zinabedwa basi sakuti sapanga zitukuko ayi kumamva

Sikelo Gonani
Sikelo Gonani
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

Idiots think like this. But I can assure you that whether you say something or not, there will be hell to pay this time

chigezero pure
chigezero pure
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

You mean that those that are suspected of having stolen government money or property should be left alone, they should not be questioned to explain their side of the story????

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

Very much stupid in Malawi that who you are! Wikleaks! You think K1.3 Trillion should just wasted like that? You are a stupid fool, ndipo ndiwe Chitsiru mtundu wanu wonse kuphatikiza mafupa yogogo wako kumanda! Iwe ndikufufuza ndikupeza ndipo ndikuphubzitsa khalidwe. Anthu amwalira chifukwa chosowa mankhwala mzipatala chifukwa choti ena akuba Ndalama and you here saying this type of insult to Malawians? Are you really serious? I will find you! Mark my word.

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
10 months ago

This is mere political rhetoric. I dont think anybody will be taken to task on this . Previous governments failed big time. I will believe Chakwera if he will ask Joyce Banda to account for the jet. She needs to make a public statement on how the jet was sold and who benefited from the proceeds and who authorised for the proceeds to be used that way.

Justice and Peace
Justice and Peace
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

Wikileaks,
What did the previous administration do with the Jet issue? Kodi Amadikirira kuti Laz azathane nazo?

myfriend
myfriend
10 months ago

this should be investigated by the current government because they want to appear to be like saints.

Bwamnoni onona
10 months ago
Reply to  Wikleaks

Wikleaks, I agree with you 100% . Your kind of thinking is more advanced than those who think you’re talking trash, most of whom have political leanings to the current regime and talking out of mere hatred.

HUBBY
HUBBY
10 months ago

Even those who messed up the 21 May 2019 general elections must be prosecuted. PS for Education is the one who had bought tippex and distributed to all polling stations.

Also look into technical COLLEAGUES more so Lilongwe Technical College. Massive plunder there.

Really Are Yiu Serious?
Really Are Yiu Serious?
10 months ago

It’s the officials who corruptly awarded contracts to Indians, Greeks etc for the supply of fertiliser, pharmaceuticals, school note books etc. so the bulk of the 1.3 trillion is with the foreigners so will they be made to repay the stolen money? If these Indians etc are not made to repay, and you focus only on civil servants and other Malawians you are not being serious and your talk is just that talk Rashy Gaffer must repay,

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