Public officers, civil servants yet to apologise to Malawians over ‘tractorgate’       

Some public officers and civil servants are yet to apologise to Malawians for buying 277 government tractors at very cheap price and questionable purchasing deal.

One fo the tractors outside Kamuzu Palace

One fo the tractors outside Kamuzu Palace

The ombudsman Martha Mwangonde ruled on Friday that those who bought the tractors, including Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila and Speaker for National Assembly Richard Msowoya should apologise to all Malawians for conniving to buy the tractors at give away prices.

Dedza east MP Juliana Lunguzi complained to the ombudsman after the government abused the tractors which were bought in India and whose loan the government is paying.

The tractors were supposed to benefit subsistence farmers in a bid to graduate them from using a hoe to tractors to improve agriculture in the country.

Others who benefitted from the tractors are a dozen principal secretaries and senior government officials and State House chief of staff Peter Mukhito.

Lunguzi said an apology was not enough.

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Kunali kuba uku, abweze ma tractor amenewo; alimi akuvutika m’midzimu. Consult Botswana what it does. A Msowoya nawoso ali useless choncho kani! Shame on you.

Unless they are stupid they should not apologies because they did not steal the tractors. Has Thom Mpinganjira apologized? Has Juliana Lunguzi and her fellow MPs apologized for giving each other MK12 million? The Malawi Government advertised the sale of the tractors and people applied. They were offered to buy and they bought so why should they apologize? The Ombudsman was very horny when she demanded an apology from the buyers. Let the Malawi Govt apologies not civil servants. Govt sold houses in Areas 12 10 18 etc for a song why are they not apologizing? Am told govt has… Read more »

They just need to pay the full price of the tractors so that government should recover the money no need to apologise

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What’s wrong with Malawians. Wrong doing involving public money is theft and therefore the people involved in these scams should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Apology? My foot!! This country is really lost! What on earth is wrong with Malawians?


i agree with Lunguzi that an apology is not enough. The ombudsman was only being modest, I think. We need the plant and equipment back. We are tolerating too much foolishness in the country: cashgate, tractorgate, blackouts, shortage of water, name them.

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