Leader of Opposition in Parliament who is also president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera has called on Malawians to show their anger and demonstrate against President Peter Mutharika’s government.
Chakwera told a local radio station that if Malawians are not willing to show their anger against Mutharika in the streets, he will stage a one man demonstration as Leader of Opposition.
Chakwera was reacting to reports on that some of the Malawi embassies have been involved in another form of Cashgate, latest being the embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where government was defrauded over K184 million.
He called for quick conclusion of financial audit in all embassies for Malawians to know the truth.
“If we don’t push or get involved in investigations, we must get angry now and say enough is enough. Let’s get angry and say we are not happy. We have been speaking clearly that stealing is evil; it’s a problem and Malawians are not happy. We need to follow the investigations until the issue is exhausted,” said Chakwera.
He said although opposition parties have been calling for government to investigate the suspected fraud, nothing has been done so far to bring the culprits to book.
“The money that is stolen could help to buy medicine, pay teachers’ salaries. We also want the K500 billion matter investigated. If that is not done in proper way, the country won’t make any development progress”.
He added: You will see me one of these days, I will demonstrate to prove that I am also a Malawian affected by these issues. As it is now, Malawians need to be angry. We must never get into state of hopelessness. We must fight night and day, even in our offices, in the streets, wherever we are me must fight it. We all must see the change we want”.
It has been reported that some government officials are working tirelessly to suppress the truth in the on-going audit at the embassy in Addis Ababa following the reported fraud.
Deputy Ambassador Doreen Kapanga and Fletcher Chowe, who was first secretary for administration and finance, were suspended and recalled from mission after being implicated in the fraud.
A report compiled by Chief Internal Auditor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spencer Mulekano revealed that assistant auditor Gift Mawango, who is part of the team auditing the embassy’s office, has been receiving intimidatory mobile phone text messages, warning them about the issue.