Member of Parliament East Kamlepo Kalua has claimed that the country’s Auditor General has been prohibited from releasing the names of seven ministers involved in cashgate.
Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa on Wednesday claimed that that the initial 13 files of the K577 billion audit that the National Audit Office (NAO) has submitted to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has no names of current ministers but only business persons.
However, Kamlepo questioned Kamphasa’s independence saying his body language showed he was acting under duress. The legislator suggested that the names are there but Kamphasa has been advised not released them.
He also queried Kamphasa’s claims that people implicated by the audit report are suppliers and businessmen.
“Do u think Billions of Kwacha were stolen by ghosts? The AG further says the names in the files are for suppliers none of which are senior government officials, are you sure ordinary Malawians have got the ability to swindle billions of Kwachas without help from senior government officials?,” wrote Kalua on Facebook.
He then advised Malawians to remove their biased glasses and acknowledge that the politicians stole money from public coffers which could have been used for important projects in the country.
“The deeds are evil whether the culprits are from your tribe, party or region. Imagine what two hundred billion can do in your district, region or country. For how long are we going to tolerate this? My heart bleeds when people look at this on regional lines and according to their districts of origin. Let us move away from regionalism and start looking at Malawi as a country,” wrote Kalua.
The legislator added that the truth will come out when Malawians get the courage to say enough is enough.
Kalua is notorious for revealing abuses of public funds by politicians in President Peter Mutharika’s government. However, his revelations on the 577 billion cashgate attracted the wrath of Mutharika who told the legislator to shut up. Kalua hit back by calling on the president to resign.