Vice chairperson of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Kamlepo Kalua has blasted his fellow PAC members for denying that there are cabinet ministers implicated by a cashgate audit report.
The development comes at a time when the opposition People’s Party (PP) legislator has disclosed to the public that President Peter Mutharika has cabinet ministers who are implicated in the 13 files submitted to the Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Commenting on the matter, some members from PAC have downplayed Kalua’s claim that the committee has names of the seven ministers believed to have stolen money from Malawians.
But speaking on the local press during a program ‘Views Triangle’ on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Sunday night, Kalua said that he still insist that the committee has names for the ministers involved in the plundering of taxpayers money.
“Ndalama za boma zabedwa, ineyo ngakhake wa PAC yo akane ine ndilibe naye ntchito… (Public funds have been stolen, I don’t care whether PAC agrees or not) Tsiku lina a Malawi azaziwa choonadi (one day Malawians will know the truth).
“Khaya china chakana, khaya china chikuti chani, ineyo ndikunena zomwe ndaziona, zomwe ndikuziziwa, ndipo sindisiya mpaka ma ministers amangidwe, sindisiya mpaka Ndalama zibwezedwe (I don’t care what others are saying, what am saying is what I have seen and what I know and I will not stop until the ministers are arrested, until the money is recouped),” said Kalua.
However government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati urged Kalua to present the names to the authorities arguing that Malawians need to know people who have been stealing money from public coffers.
“Ndizithu zosangalasa kuti mboni ya boma ilipo kale, a ACB awatenge a Kalua ngati mboni (We are happy that the state already has a witness, the ACB should use Mr Kalua as a witness,” said Kaliati.