LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-For the second time in less than two years, Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa has seen his moral credentials brought to the public spotlight for questioning.
On Monday, May 23, 2022 Nankhumwa was summoned to Police Headquarters at Area 30 in the Capital Lilongwe for questioning over his alleged dubious purchase of a public institutional house.
Deputy National Police spokesperson Harry Namwaza has confirmed that Nankhumwa submitted to the summon and that a statement has since recorded of him on the same.
The house in question used to belong to Tobacco Commission whose former chief executive officer Kayisi Sadala was arrested last week on accusation that he had a hand in the illegal sale of two of the institution’s staff houses.
It is strongly suspected that Nankhumwa, who is Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President for the South, was a beneficiary of the dubious sale.
The summon at Area 30 today comes barely a year after Nankhumwa, who is also Mulanje Central Parliamentarian, was tasked by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliamentary to pay back a sum of K3.6 million that he is alleged to have pocketed in allowances and fuel over purported COVID-19 mitigation duties.
This was after investigations into the alleged abuse of the funds revealed that Nankhumwa was not supposed to draw some allowances as Parliament was mandated by law to foot his bills in such assignments by virtue of him being the Leader of Opposition in the House.
To set a precedence, PAC ordered the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to recover all allowances that were paid to Nankhumwa within seven days.
The move also saw quarters of the country, including some factions of his DPP, call for his resignation both as Leader of Opposition and also from the party. Those calling for his head were quoted in the local press as arguing that Nankhumwa “is not more than equal”.
These sentiments came about after several public figures, the Task Force suspected to have swindled some funds meant for COVID-19 mitigation, were forced to relinquish their positions; one of whom was Ken Kandodo who was then the Minister of Labour.
In line with his Tonse Alliance philosophy, that largely believe in inclusion towards building a better Malawi for all, President Lazarus Chakwera appointed Nankhumwa into the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19.
A statement from State House on the same, explained that Nankhumwa, a DPP presidential hopeful, had been roped in by virtue of his role as Leader of Opposition in Parliament.
Meanwhile, the DPP has recently barred Nankhumwa from holding rallies or representing the party in any way in the Eastern Region; calling him a traitor.