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Malawi Civil rights groups demand thorough probe on alleged State house plunder’s MK65m bogus accommodation at Crossroads Hotel

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s civil rights grouping Centre for Mindset Change (CMC) and Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) are demanding thorough investigation on the alleged rub of plunder at Malawi Statehouse of MK65 million spent on bogus accommodation at Crossroads roads hotel in the capital Lilongwe.

The call comes after The Maravi Post on Sunday, October 18, 2020 exclusively exposed public funds in just four month of President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse administration.

The two groupings say the act in which the State House has been involved into the public is a worrying matter needs urgent attention.

CMC Executive director Phillip Kamangirah told The Maravi Post that the grouping is baffled with allegations of theft masterminded by State House Officials under the watch of President Lazarus Chakwera who above all is the anointed man of God who should he exemplary

“As a nation we are already passing through very harsh economic times and it is very insensitive and reckless to see State House leading in defrauding Public Money amidst such hard moments Malawians are passing through.

“We are therefore calling upon President Lazarus Chakwera to take a very tough and bold step in firing those implicated within 24 hours if he is to demonstrate mature leadership that is on the move to zero tolerance in the fight against corruption,” says Kamangirah.

He therefore urges, ‘We also call upon ACB to move with speed and arrest all those officials that are involved and they must quickly secure conviction on the same. This is a matter if urgency and therefore it requires a serious attention.

“As Centre for Mindset Change, we shall not relent in following up this matter up until we see its conclusion. We cant afford to tolerate hypocrisy any more. We have been defrauded enough as a people. We must safeguard our taxes and State House should be the hope for Malawi. President Chakwera must therefore tell Malawians on the action he is taking on this evil plunder of Public money unconsciously and irresponsibly by his State House Officials.

Echoed on the same, CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiawa says President Chakwera should explain the incident to Malawians what this means.

“President Chakwera told Malawians he is clearing the rubble now how serious should he be taken in his crackdown on corruption when the same is happening right from his own house? This matter should be investigated and culprits should be prosecuted.

“The Independence of the ACB Director Reyneck Matemba and Inspector General George Kainja has been put to a litmus test here they should act to assure Malawians or else they sweep it under the carpet then Malawians will judge,” urges Namiwa.

There is still no immediate reaction from State House Spokesperson Brian Banda on the matter.

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