LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Rumours have been rife of how the former Malawi first family, especially the former First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika and her son from her previous marriage, Tadikira Mafudza, were fleecing Malawian taxpayers but concrete evidence has been lacking.
However, it appears their chickens may have come home to roost, at least for Peter Mutharika’s step son, Tadikira.
Investigations by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition, HRDC, have established that Tadikira was drawing salaries from Lilongwe Water Board and the Roads Authority.
In a letter addressed to the Anti Corruption Bureau, ACB, Director, signed by HRDC National Chaiperson, Gift Trapence and its National Coordinator, Luke Tembo, the human rights watchdog states,
“HRDC has also received allegations that LWB had on its payroll, President Mutharika’s stepson, Tadikira. His name was reflected in the engineering section. It is alleged that despite being paid by LWB, Tadikira never reported for duties. It is also alleged that his name was also appearing on the payroll of Roads Authority”.
Tadikira is understood to have been employed by the Roads Authority.
In its letter, HRDC has also taken issue with the fact that LWB close to MK 30 million for the construction of the statue at Parliament roundabout in Lilongwe, City Centre, on behalf of Beautify Malawi, BEAM, Trust, apparently as part of LWB’s corporate social responsibility.
Coincidentally, BEAM trust is run by Tadikira’s mother, Gertrude Mutharika, Peter Mutharika’s wife and former First Lady.
HRDC has accused LWB officials of “abuse of office to appease their political masters” and has asked the ACB to investigate the allegations. HRDC has also demanded that the money be paid back.
In a related development, HRDC has also written ACB, asking the the bureau to investigate allegations of abuse of office at Blantyre City Council in the way the way the council got into a 1 year contract to hire BEAM Trust refuse collection trucks at the rate of MK 60, 000.00 per day, totaling to MK 22 million a year.
The deal has been faulted for flouting procurement procedures as the council did not seek approval from the office of Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Director.
Ironically, BEAM Trust, a charity, got the vehicles as a donation from the Republic of China.
Mutharika lost to Lazarus Chakwera of Tonse during the June 23, 2020 presidential elections