29 August 2016 Last updated at: 2:51 PM
PP tells APM to send cashgate ministers on leave
Opposition People’s Party (PP) has urged President Peter Mutharika to send on forced leave seven cashgate cabinet ministers just as Malawi Electoral Commission has done with its top bosses.
Speaking to the local media, PP’s spokesperson Ken Msonda said the president need to do as per done by the Malawi Electoral Comission (Mec).
Last week, Mec sent on forced leave seven of its top officials saying the suspension is to give room for further investigations on the audit carried out by the Central Internal Audit Unit of the Ministry of Finance.
The audit report shows that between 27th April and 15th May, 2015 there were malpractices at the Commission.
Msonda welcomed the decision to suspend Mec bosses but asked the president to borrow a leaf from the commission and suspend his ministers.
“Mec has done set an example by sending some officials on a forced leave and here we are not saying those that have been sent are guilty, no it is the court only that proves one guilty or innocent. But we are saying why can’t the government take that route by sending the cashgate ministers on leave?” questioned Msonda.
The publicist added that giving the ministers a forced leave could as well pave way for investigations into the theft of government money.
He then accused the government led by Mutharika of lying that it does not have names of the implicated ministers.
He also called on all responsible government departments to as well release the names of the ministers implicated.
The development comes days after Mutharika was involved in a verbal with PP legislator Kamlepo Kalua over the former’s reluctance to deal with ministers involved in the cashgate scandal.