By Rodgers Kadiso Banda
Inline with the Campaign pledge of President Dr Lazarus Chakwera of ” Zero tolerance to Corruption” , we will be bringing to you Details and a follow up of the Crossroads Hotelgate Corruption Scandal time after that without fear or favour.
Malawians are expecting that the three Statehouse employees involved in the Crossroads Hotelgate scandal will not be shielded as it used to be during the Peter Mutharika’s administration.
These three plus the other three Government Officials who played key roles in this Scandal should face the law.
Let us allow the rule of law to manifest this time. No sacred cows.
The issue of MK65 million payment made to Crossroads Hotel as logging costs by Statehouse for the services not rendered to is real and it is a big form of fraud.
This payment is clearly showing that some Directors at State House are aiding Corruption which is a setback to the Tonse Philosophy.
In this new Malawi Wokomera Tonse let us stop multiplying Corruption . Let us join hands in draining the swamp.
This is a big test to the new leadership whether it will walk tall on its Campaign promise of promoting rule of law and bring an end to Corruption.
On a sad note, this Scandal is tarnishing the good image of President Chakwera and his administration. Ma scandalwa talawilira! Those behind the bogus payment must either resign or be sent on a forced leave to pave way for credible investigations.
The toothless ACB must prove to Malawians that it can bite crooked Asians. The owners of Crossroads are asians.
The Anti Corruption Bureau has a track record of failing to prosecute and investigate High Profile Asians. A good example being Zameer Karim.
Zameer Karim stole ( was caught pants down stealing) MK5 billion government money. And yet he was not sent to jail.
The ACB has also failed to investgate Batawalala.
It’s sad that Hotels owned by Indigenous People like Linde Hotel in Dowa are not given big businesses by Government. Yet the same Government is giving BIG BUSSINESSES TO CROOKED ASIANS.
If this case will not proceed then Malawians will conclude that it is a justified Corruption at the highest levels.
Is there any right thinking Malawian who can defend the stealing of about MK65 Million through bogus payment at Crossroads?
This Hotelgate is shameful!
President Chakwera must demonstrate his servant leadership notion on his corrupt boys at state house, otherwise it will be the same old political lip services Malawians have been enjoying for years.
Disclaimer! The views expressed in this article are the writer’s, they do not reflect the views of The Maravi Post