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Malawi governance activist Allan Ntata to hold public lecture in Lilongwe

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LILONGWE (Malawian Watchdog)–Governance and Anti-Corruption specialist Z Allan Ntata is set to hold a public lecture at Pacific hotel, city centre in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on 18th August 2015, Maravi Post can reveal.

Ntata, who has in recent times emerged as the only truly fearless critic of President Peter Mutharika, will during the event also launch a report of his independent corruption investigations. Ntata’s report is set to shed some additional light on the cash-gate scandal which rocked Malawi from 2009—2012 when the current ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was in charge of the country before it suddenly found itself without power when its leader, former Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika suddenly collapsed of cardiac arrest at Kamuzu State House in Lilongwe in 2012.

According to a poster, which is widely circulating on the social media, Ntata is also expected to sell copies of his first book titled Trappings of Power: Political Leadership in Africa during the event.

The London trained Middle Temple barrister – who was also legal counsel to late President Bingu Wa Mutharika — has of late severely censured the governance credentials of the current President, a move which has seen President Mutharika declaring total war on him.

A couple of weeks ago, President Mutharika sued Ntata for defamation, claiming that some of the claims the Governance specialist has been making are libelous.

The event is expected to be covered live on air by Lilongwe based Dziko Radio. It is also expected that Zodiak Broadcasting Station will cover the event on Radio and TV.

According to Ntata, the Corruption Report “From a Looting to a Kill” is a follow up on his earlier report “Licence to Loot”.

“While as Licence to Loot looked at the corruption that occurred during the administration of Joyce Banda,  “From a Looting to a Kill” analyses the period covered by the PwC report (2009-2014).” Said Ntata from his operational base in the UK in a questionnaire.

“I have had an opportunity to investigate Cashgate corruption in Malawi better and understand better how it worked, and what its cost has been over this period to the Malawian Taxpayer. I also had the opportunity to review the evidence I had when I wrote Licence to Loot and clarify certain points that I made then.” He added

Ntata pointed out that this new report is not just the story of what has happened during Cashgate, but a discussion of why Cashgate happened, who were the main culprits, and what Malawians can do to influence change and justice given that the governments are failing or are uninterested in rectifying the loopholes because they benefit from them.

Ntata’s public lecture will cover the findings of the report and on a discussion on curtailing corruption in general.

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