Racial tension in Malawi Parliament: Minister Chimwendo says not all Indians are bad, DPP entertained graft

Malawi Parliament on Thursday turned into an arena of racial tirade as legislators debated  private members motion moved by Member of Parliament for Mulanje Bale, Victor Musowa of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with some expressing concern that despite  Malawians of Asian origin doing business in the country being linked to  financial scandals it is only indigenous Malawians who face the due process of the law.

Lipipa: Malawians of Asian origin don’t go to vote
Chimwendo Banda: We will deal with the dubious ones
Minister Sosten Gwengwe: This government will level the playing field for all that participate in public procurement

Blantyre City South legislator Noel Lipipa supported the motion by Musowa, saying he has always wondered why each and every government keeps on supporting the Asian community.

“They claim to be part of Malawians when it comes to business. When it comes to investment, they are building poor structures, they invest outside the country. They don’t go to vote; they have never participated in the vote and yet they claim to be Malawians. Why are we sleeping, why don’t we from now on say that those that do not vote must never tap from the finances of these finances of Republic Malawi.

“Because you cannot claim to be Malawian only when you are receiving the business from Malawi government. I think we have been sleeping for some time, we need to wake up. Malawi wake up, Honourable Musowa, thank you very much,” said Lipipa.

Some MPs argued that despite reports on dubious transactions involving several companies owned by Malawians of Asian origin, none of them has been prosecuted or mentioned as witness in a court of law.

Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda was asked to mention the number of Indians who are jailed for financial scandal in Malawi, lamenting failure by authorities to pounce on Indians who participate in the plunder of public resources but remain free from prosecution.

Chimwendo Banda said not every Asian or Indian is involved in wrongful self-enrichment, saying they some others “doing good business [and] they will continue to do business.”

He said Minister of Justice will come up with a new legislation that will complement Procurement Act of Parliament ensuring that government is “empowering Malawians.”

He said: “This government will not make any Indian suffer but we want to make them respect the laws of Malawi and respect our people.”

Chimwendo Banda said the previous DPP government tolerated graft, citing the issue of K2.7 billion food rations case involving businessperson Zameer Karim.

“They [DPP] are people that benefitted K150 million from Indians,” said Chimwendo Banda.

“All dubious Indians should face the rule of law,” he added.

Immediate past president Peter Mutharika was accused of receiving a kickback from Karim when the businessman deposited 145m kwacha into an account belonging to the DPP, of which Mutharika is the sole signatory.

Mutharika acknowledged the existence of the DPP bank account, saying the account was set up only to support the party’s fundraising activities.

Minister of Trade Sosten Gwengwe said Musowa through his motion has sparked racial tension.

“You have really put the nation on tense moment,” said Gwengwe.

He pointed out that indigenous Malawians are not benefiting from public procurement despite available regulations for preferential treatment.

Gwengwe said government is striving to empower Malawians in doing business, accusing the previous DPP government of apparent economic injustice despite Parliament passing the Public Procurement Act in 2017.

“The Act was stuck for three years without being implemented and it is only Tonse government that is going to gazette the law [Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) on Administration of Preferential Treatment Regulations 2020 and PPDA Participation by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Order 2020],” he said.

Gwengwe heralded “the speed that Tonse govt has hit the ground running to empower SMEs – Small Medium Enterprises.”

He said the unequal sharing of the procurement ‘national cake’ has been glaring over the years, disadvantaging indigenous black Malawians.

“This government is moving to empowering local Malawians,” said Gwengwe.

The preferential treatment provision is provided for under Section 44 (10) of the PPDA Act, which compels procuring and disposing entities to award 60 percent of all contracts under national competitive bidding to indigenous black Malawians and the remaining 40 percent to others.

While domestic preference is a long-standing provision in Malawi’s public procurement legal framework, the 60/40 provision is new and imbedded in the PPDA Act.

The PPDA has since drafted the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (on Administration of Preferential Treatment) Regulations 2020 to operationalise and offer guidance on the implementation process of this provision.

Under the PPDA Participation by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Order 2020, small and medium enterprise means a business comprising at least annual turnover of between K50 million and K500 million, has between 20 and 99 employees or has maximum assets, excluding land and buildings in the case of manufacturing enterprises, of K250 million.

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Mt Hora
Mt Hora
1 year ago

Many Christians in Malawi have strong misgivings about the presence of so many alien-looking Muslims in their country. This is partly because they view many of their activities as being Satanic. They are believed to offer financial incentives to their Christian employees in order to tempt them to betray their faith and embrace Islam. In addition, they involve themselves in activities such as the recent display of a poster to encourage non-Muslims to study the Koran. Such activities are judged to be tricks to deprive Christians of Divine Salvation. The conclusion is that Muslims are otayika, odzikuza, and achimasomaso (because… Read more »

Moqtadar Al Sadir
1 year ago

Ameneyu has forgotten about tribalism which dpp subjected Malawians to. Mitundu in inasalidwa koopsa by dpp. Ayao, Achewa and northerners were second class tribes under dpp. Kagwere uko Musowa.

Sanjay Gupta galu
Sanjay Gupta galu
1 year ago

Indians have a caste system. But you want to talk about tribalism. Typical hairy chapati eating gas lighting tactic. Indians have a caste system based on skin colour and based on evil Aryan beliefs. You obviously don’t look in the mirror . Get your ass out of Malawi and move back to Gujrati state

Gule
Gule
1 year ago

They claim to be malawians yet invest in their country. They hoodwink malawians by opening banks which they use to siphon out forex. Malawi, wake up from a deep slumbet

007
007
1 year ago

Malawians of malawi dont go to vote

Winstonmsowoya
Winstonmsowoya
1 year ago

CHIMWENDO,A GOOD INDIAN IS THAT WHO IS SIX-FEET DEEP SO MALAWIANS,DO NOT PLAY FOOL WITH THEM INCLUDING THE ARABS OF THE MIA TYPES.RIGHT NOW,THE ENEMIES OF AFRICA ARE ARABS AND INDIANS.I THINK YOU SAW HOW HASTINGS BANDA CHASED THE INDIANS FROM CITIES,PLEASE FELLOW MALAWIANS,HOW DO YOU HATE POOR TUMBUKAS AND YOU LOVE RICH MWENYES AND ARABS WHO ARE DEVASTATING YOUR LAND ECONOMICALLY? THE MWENYES AND ARABS WERE CHASED FROM ANGOLA AND NAMIBIA AS SOON AS THEY DEFEATED PORTUGUESE IMPERIALISTS.RIGHT NOW,OUR BROTHERS IN BOTH COUNTRIES,WELCOME AFRICANS FROM MANY AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHILE MALAWIANS FROM THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH WELCOME INDIANS AND MIAS… Read more »

Muraviwa
Muraviwa
1 year ago

This country of Malawi is one pathetic indeed.Corruption will never meet its ending crew. These Indians want to see and congratulate Chilima and what is the reason for seeing him.The answer is to corrupt him and nothing else.People are so tired with such animal of corruption. There are too many appointments made by Indians wishing to see both the President and the Vice but the reason is not disclosed.Note well that 2024 or 2025 is not far at all. We can go back to Egypt.

Observer Mission
Observer Mission
1 year ago

Mr Richard Chimwendo Banda takes Parliament casually. He talks matters of great concern as if he lived abroad. Almost all Indians living in Malawi are Crooks. If I was made to be Minister of Finance I could have warned all commercial banks in the country to seriously hold any transaction made by Indians or Malawians regarded as forefront of Indians. They have siphoned huge sums for developing abroad. Chimwendo Banda should take this question himself: CAN YOU TELL MALAWIANS WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN ANY INDIAN TO QUEQUE FOR ATM IN THE COUNTRY? Please take note of your own words. Indians… Read more »

Chautaamalanga
1 year ago

Chimwendo is very corrupt and takes bribes from Indians and Pakistanis.He is not a clean Minister.

Muhariwa
Muhariwa
1 year ago

What should be noted here is that many Malawians help the Mwenyes to grab land or whatsoever and they gain the little something. I wonder why Malawians blamed IDI DADA AMIN for telling all Indians to park and go their places of origin.Even if you visit MRA offices you will see for yourself that Malawians are forefront for Indians say Auditors, Insurance Companies etc to allow Indians pay less amount than what is declared. Dont just blame Indians but Malawian firms.There is too much corruption taking place within the country by Indigenous Malawians. Every Fridays Auditors get some amount from… Read more »

ofatsa3
1 year ago
Reply to  Muhariwa

I agree with you Muhariwa

Timveziti
Timveziti
1 year ago
Reply to  ofatsa3

Very right. The problem starts with us. We sign away huge tracts of land for a few millions. The lease holder has 99yrsof use of the land to even pass on to his family. Meanwhile our bribe only lasts a few months.
We are to blame. No I dian signs a lease, a Govt chq, a Govt contract, or Govt tender.
We are so shortsighted.

mtete
mtete
1 year ago
Reply to  Muhariwa

I agree with you 100% that there is too much rot at MRA. Tax officers create phony tax return problems in order to bribe taxpayers into paying them something to reduce, or even cancel, bogus tax commitments to MRA. Corruption is so deep rooted in Malawi and it is doubtful it will ever end. We had hoped the Tonse Alliance gurus would prioritize the fight against corruption but all we see are window dressing arrests and meaningless threats day in and out.getting us no where. Please live by your promises Mr VP. Reforms are most welcome ofcource but these are… Read more »

ofatsa3
1 year ago

Authorities should investigate these issue its long over due,Companies like Export Trading,Rab Processors and many which are dominating in industry should be investigated.People are suffering in silencebecause they have no money power.check the gap of salaries with these so called expatriates and so called locals,chart with locals in these industries you will be shocked!!!!

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

Comments by Chimwendo Banda are not encouraging at all. Wasn’t he and someone else mentioned by Chihana as corrupt. Let’s not beat about the bush, Indians are racists full stop. When the going gets tough they cry foul, telling the world they are being sidelined. When all is well, they don’t want Blacks.

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