Malawi’s Education Minister Emmanuel Fabiano openly told College of Medicine (CoM) students that they have to wait for another public plunder of resources to get their own bus, days after other public universities received buses bought using stolen public funds under the ‘Cashgate’ scandal.
The Minister was speaking in response to a call made by one of CoM’s representatives during the continued Silver jubilee celebrations that the college needs a bus.
When he took to the podium, while outlining some of the government’s ideas in making sure that the country’s education sector grows, Fabiano said that the institution will surely get its own bus when another plunder of resources happens.
‘’Well, just wait for another cashgate to get your own bus,’’ he was heard saying on the podium.
Recently, government named Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) beneficiaries of the cashgate scandal.
The 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.
There were up to six buses but in June four of the buses were given to Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Department of Civil Aviation and Prison Department.
This comes hot on the heels of another hot statement publicly made by the then Minister of Sports, Grace Chiumia who said President Peter Mutharika is Malawi’s life President, a statement she later said was just one of the bad jokes she had.