Tags: Bingu wa Mutharika

No report on K577bn audit scam

  For nearly eight months, Parliament has not acted on the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) data analysis report, which revealed that K577 billion of taxpayer’s money was unaccounted for between 2009 and 2014. This week, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)-mandated by law to scrutinise government accounts on Parliament’s behalf-blamed its inaction on funding woes. But Treasury shot…

Mutharikas still under fraud probe

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is still waiting for key information from authorities in Jersey, Europe, that may help to unearth suspected fraud transactions by former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika through a bank account he opened there. The investigations, which former president Joyce Banda’s administration launched towards the May 2014 Tripartite Elections, also mentioned President…

Ministry proposes guidelines   on declaration of councils

Malawi’s presidents will in future be required to justify decisions to declare areas as cities, districts or any local council if Parliament passes into law the proposed Local Government (Amendment) Act of 2015. Effectively, the proposed law seeks to trim the powers of the president or Cabinet minister to declare willy-nilly an area as a…

Mist over K92bn forensic report

There is mist over the whereabouts and contents of what was supposed to be the K92 billion (US$204.4 million) forensic audit report; with Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe telling Parliament that what he has is not an audit report, but rather a data analysis document. Gondwe’s position echoed a statement from…

Bingu asset valuer arrested

he Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), in collaboration with the Malawi Police Service, on Friday arrested Chihana, the valuer of former president late Bingu wa Mutharika’s property, for alleged tax evasion offences.   The property evaluator and entrepreneur was picked in Lilongwe for being suspected of evading tax for his several companies amounting to about K1.3…

Bingu did not die natural death—Nankhumwa

Malawi Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa has asked the DPP-led government to bring to book author of a document titled ‘JB Project’ which Eye Witness newspaper reporter quoted in an article titled ‘Bingu to die before 2014’, which appeared in the October 28 2011 edition. Nankhumwa made the call yesterday at Ndata…

Leaders wish Malawians a Merry Christmas

Malawi President Peter Mutharika, leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and other political leaders have sent messages of goodwill to Malawians as they join Christians across the world in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ today. In his message, Mutharika, who is expected to spend his Christmas at home relaxing with his family, said this year’s…

Court quashes Bingu’s appointment of T/A Kilipula

The High Court in Mzuzu has quashed former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s decision to appoint Pasiano Mwantende as Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilipula of Karonga and has since ordered government to appoint William Kalongolera Mwakikunga as T/A within 28 days. On December 7 2011, Bingu appointed Mwantende as T/A Kilipula who was scheduled for…

Bingu family queries K3.5bn legal fees

Lawyers for former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s family on Wednesday told the Supreme Court of Appeal that Justice Ken Manda’s order to give Francis Nyarai Ndende of Franklin & Company over K3.5 billion (K9.2m) as legal fees was erroneous. Last year, High Court judge (Commercial Division) Manda entered a summary judgement in a case where…

Reflecting on Malawi’s 50 years of post-independence gains and losses

Introduction This week Malawi celebrated 50 years of independence. During these 50 years there have been episodes of progress punctuated by tragedies of missed opportunities and inconsistent policy development and implementation. It is now an opportune time to reflect on the last 50 years and learn from the past, to understand the present and shape…

Kaphale is new Attorney General

President Peter Mutharika has appointed private practice lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale as the new Attorney General (AG) with immediate effect, replacing Anthony Kamanga who served in the capacity for close to two years. The Office of the President Cabinet (OPC) announced the appointment yesterday through acting Chief Secretary to the Government Willie Samute. A statement signed…

Peter’s cabinet to save K1.1bn

If President Peter Mutharika maintains a 20-member Cabinet throughout his five-year term as promised, he will be saving taxpayers over K1.1 billion (about $2.6m) in pay packages alone, a Nation on Sunday comparative analysis shows. The analysis—based on the current levels of pay packages for ministers and deputy ministers—shows that from now onwards government will…

Treasury upbeat on aid resumption

Malawi Government is still engaging the Common Approach to Budget Support (Cabs) donors and has expressed optimism that they would resume budget support for the 2014/15 fiscal plan. The donors have since November last year been withholding budgetary support amounting to $150 million after revelations of looting of public funds dubbed Cashgate under the People’s Party (PP)-led…