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Nkhoma Synod Cautions Malawi Judiaciary

Reverend Saka of Kapita CCAP reading the letter

Reverend Saka of Kapita CCAP reading the letter

The Nkhoma Synod of CCAP has attacked the country’s Judiciary saying it has stopped to be independent and that it is one of the top institution that have remained stagnant since the country’s independence.

The Synod has said this in the letter read out in its congregation on Palm Sunday entitled “Renewal and Regeneration of our Nation: A Call for Church Responsibility.”

The letter signed by the Church’s Moderator Dr Chatha Msangayambe and its clerk Reverend Brian Kamwendo says for along time the Judiciary has been among the public institutions that were held in high esteem. According to the letter, the Judiciary has often been qualified as professional, independent and non-partisan.

However, in recent times this image is changing. The letter has cited political manipulation of the judiciary, bizarre injunction, grants of bails, delays and discontinuation of high profile cases, with subsequent loss of huge sums of money through compensations and outside court settlement, as making the judiciary stagnant.

The letter therefore has pointed out that lack of tangible outcomes in several commissions of enquiry is a waste of government resources.

“Since 1994 there have been numerous commissions of enquiry on different themes of Public interest but everything ends with submission and dissemination of the report”, says the letter.

Malawi Government Tricked on Presidential Jet Sale

Malawi government has finally confirmed Bohnox Enterprise Ltd. (a subsidiary of Paramount Group of companies) tricked them on the sale of the presidential jet.

And it has also confirmed that money realized from the controversial presidential jet didn’t reach either Treasury or the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM).

But instead the Presidential Jet was sold in the old barter type of trade.

Speaking to journalists in Lilongwe, Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba said the presidential jet was sold to Bohnox Enterprise Ltd. at US$15 million.

Mkwezalamba said the money was not deposited into government’s consolidated account but highest bidder Bohnox Enterprise Ltd. paid directly to Paramount Group where government owed the company about US$19.2 million for military equipment.

He therefore said government then utilized money allocated to the Ministry of Defense which was earmarked to cover up the debt

According to Mkwezalamba, about K2.8 billion was used to purchase peace keeping military equipment, K1.5 billion for procurement of maize, about K1.5 billion for medical drugs.

The Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) earlier told the media that the jet money was saved in a separate government account but Chief Secretary Hawa Ndilowe admitted that government goofed on its remarks as it was just a cover up of the issue.

However on Tuesday President Joyce Banda was on record to say that government used part of the jet money for the procurement of farm input loan program materials, which government officials say it is not true.

The government officials have however refused to issue receipts of the sell of the jet.