12 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:38 AM
Activist faults MDF secrecy
One of the country’s activists Rafiq Hajat has faulted the secrecy surrounding Malawi Defence Force (MDF) dealings, arguing that the practise fuels corruption in the country.
The development comes at time a when media reports have revealed that Minister Of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa conspired with the then deputy commander of the MDF Griffin Supuni Phiri to procure 500 vehicles for the MDF without following procurement procedures.
Reacting on the matter, Hajat has faulted secrecy at MDF saying the general public is blocked from activities in the army hence promoting corruption in the country.
“It has always been the trend in the country due to the secrecy at MDF and it has been taken as a breeding ground for corruption that most governments use the MDF to loot government funds,” said Hajat.
He urged authorities to look into the secrecy that MDF enjoys if the country is to fight corruption.
In a similar case, the People’s Party (PP) administration is also said to have used the MDF to channel money obtained from the sale of the presidential jet bought during the late Bingu wa Mutharika.
Joyce Banda who was then the President of the country disclosed that the money made from the sale of the jet was channelled towards the purchase of food and firearms.
Later it was revealed that some money made from the sale was diverted to undisclosed activities that Malawians up to date remain ignorant of.
Malawi is one of the countries with high records of corruption in the world, among the reasons behind the trend include longstanding culture of secrecy in most government sectors.