Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has accused government of hiding the names of those involved in the 577 billion kwacha cashgate scam in order to buy time and find ways of shielding cabinet ministers.
The remarks follows President Peter Mutharika’s reluctance to fire seven members of cabinet reported to have been involved in the looting of the public funds. The Malawi leader said he does not act on rumours and he is waiting for a report to know those who were involved in the scam.
But Chakwera said there is no justification for hiding the names of people involved in the fraud since Malawians need to know the truth.
“I think this is just a way of looking into how they can protect those involved in the cashgate scam because we do not see any reason to hide the names,” said Chakwera.
He added that everything need to be let out so that those involved in the corrupt practices should face the long arm of the law.
It is claimed that seven current cabinet ministers were involved in the cashgate scam which saw 577 billion being looted between 2009 and 2014. Since a report on the fraud was released by the media, some quarters have been pushing Mutharika to release the names of the thieves and to fire the ministers who have been mentioned in the report.