An angry Peter Mutharika yesterday railed against Malawians for having a habit of stealing every time, everything, everywhere. He has since said that with such a mind-set Malawi will remain poor.
‘’There is theft everywhere. This is very bad and my government will not relent to iron out theft which is becoming the normal life in Malawi,’’ an angry looking Mutharika told locals in Ntcheu district on Monday.
The Malawi leader was quick to indicate that his government is let down with the trend at which corruption is eating up almost ‘every’ office in the country.
While indicating that he well appreciates the unbelievable fact that despite the incessant condemnation of theft of public resources has failed to end the malpractice, he maintained that concerted efforts can end the act.
He lamented that the theft has not only hit public offices but also the private sector and the Civil Society.
‘’It is very sad that we all seem to have a mentality of stealing everywhere. You will hear of theft every day. Honestly we need to change if we are to develop this nation,’’ he said.
Ironically this comes hot in the heels of claims made by vocal lawmaker, Kamlepo Kalua, that they are up to seven serving cabinet Ministers that he says were named in the report of a whooping MK236 billion public looting of funds.
Mutharika has been accused of shielding the said Ministers.
Over the few years, Malawi was hit by what by far out-stands as the biggest theft of public resources, a scandal that took place during the era of Joyce Banda.
It then forced donors to pull out of aid in Malawi.