8 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:44 AM

Luanar, MUST benefit from cashgate

Cashgate buses

Cashgate buses given o MUST and Luanar.

Government on Wednesday named Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) beneficiaries of the cashgate scandal.

The two institutions were given two remaining buses which were bought using stolen public funds.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu said that the handover symbolised a happy ending to the tragic results of the cashgate scandal.

“Money was stolen from the public purse and used to procure six buses. These buses were meant for private use of a group of people who conceived the cashgate plan. Today we return to the public what truly belongs to them,” he said.

Samuel Tembenu

Tembenu says his Ministry saw the need to send the buses to the schools.

The buses were six but in June four of the buses were given to Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Department of Civil Aviation and Prison Department.

Tembenu said the choice of allocating the buses was on the basis of real and immediate needs.

He added that the day was of reflection for those entrusted with public office who must endeavour to discharge their duties in the public interest.

“I implore all the players and those who have a role to play, to work towards the goal of closing the cashgate episode. As a country we now need to move on and devote our efforts to national building,” said Tembenu.