The Malawi Liberation Movement, an underground political pressure group whose leaders have asked not to be disclosed now, has accused President Peter Muthatrika of harbouring corrupt persons in ruling Democrtaic Progressive Party( DPP) top brass.
The Movement told Nyasa Times that DPP national organising secretary Richard Makondi was shielded from arrest over this suspected roles in Cashgate—the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed in September 2013 alongside businessperson Mohammad Kassam .
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) developed cold feet to arrest Makondi despite an arrest warrant being issed by e Blantyre Magistrate’s Court, in a Criminal Case file number 351 of 2016.
ACB investigated Kossam, Makondi—a former Toyota Malawi national sales manager—alongside former MDF Commander General Henry Odillo (retired), Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa (retired) and former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo on their involvement in a deal where MDF bought about 35 vehicles from Toyota Malawi worth K895 million which the bureau claims were overvalued and did not have specifications agreed in the contract.
And now Makondi has become a serior corruption offender . He has since been named as one of the people who exerted pressure on the Electricity and Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom)’s former Director of Finance Betty Mahuka for her to authorize MK4 billion payment towards fraudulent procurement.
According to Malawi News, Mahuka prior to her resignation, received calls from Escom’s board and Makondi ordering her to pay.
But Mahuka refused the order and instead tendered her resignation which prompted Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to authorize the investigation on September 28, this year.
Ironically, last month, Escom blocked the bureau’s officer from conducting an investigation into the procurement in question.
Without shame to the blockage, Escom defended its act arguing that ACB’s officer assigned for the task had no mandate and incompetency to carry on the investigations.
Sources at the utility provider disclosed that when Mahuka received the requisition to process the payment for the procurements, she noticed that there was not authorized on Escom’s Procurement Plan.
The source added that the former utility body’s finance director after realizing that its Internal Procurement Committee did not meet to discuss or review the procurement in question coupled with irregularities that Acting Procurement Director unilaterally sanctioned such transactions, Mahuka refused to effect the payment.
“The next thing, Mrs. Mahuka received a phone call from Board Chairperson of Escom, Mrs. Jean Mathanga and several calls from ruling DPP’s National Organizing Secretary, Richard Makondi ordering her to pay. But she refused and instead tendered her resignation.
“Unfortunately, Escom has a legacy of corrupt business tendencies and that senior managers at the institution are working in a difficult environment due to political pressure. Escom’s management and board need a clean-up and that the public shouldn’t trust anything coming from them”, said the source as quoted in the local press.
Both Mathanga and Makondi have denied of any wrong doing in the fraud while urging the corruption bursting body to probe more on the matter than smearing their images with mad for nothing.
But Mahuka is quoted as saying her resignation at the Escom on personal grounds while denying that the quitting was due to government officials’ pressure.
Nonethelses the Liberation Movement argues that Makondi is corrupt and should be probed.
The Movement accused the President himself, of only simulating to be corruption-free, noting that the country’s leader should make himself available in parliament for question and answer, if indeed he was very sure of not harbouring corrupt people as Makondi and seven ministers.
“It is our assertion that the financial contributions of these corrupt barons account for why President Mutharika continues to harbour them,” the Movement says.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :