CSOs to hold demos over K4 billion saga

A group of concerned citizens and some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have planned national wide peaceful demonstrations to demand transparency and accountability in the K4 billion payout saga.

In a statement, the CSO leaders, Billy Mayaya, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence said the demonstrations will be held on April 27, 2018 in the cities of Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu as well as Karonga district.

The government claims that the money is meant for development activities in constituencies.

The government earlier indicated that the money would be distributed among 86 legislators, a situation which caused tension as other members of parliament were left out.

It later rescinded the decision announcing that the money will instead be shared among all the 193 constituencies.

“The demonstrations are in protest of the general decay of the state of governance in Malawi and the K4 billion scam,” the statement reads.

The CSOs said they are optimistic that the demonstrations will ensure that relevant security organs of the government will take their rightful role as provided for in the Republican Constitution.

The CSO leaders have been pushing for the removal of the Finance Minister, Goodall Gondwe, and Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, over their roles in the saga.

They accuse the two ministers for distributing the money among some members of parliament without following proper procedures.

The two ministers insist that proper procedures were followed in the transaction.

The K4 billion saga is now under investigations by the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB).

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