A leaked Police report has implicated Malawi’s Vice President Khumbo Kachali to have been behind the cashgate buses that were impounded by the Malawi authorities.
According to the report signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Nelson Bophani that has been to the Ant-Corruption Bureau (ACB), investigators have established the 6 Marcopol buses currently at the national Police headquarters in Lilongwe, belong to the Vice President.
However, when contacted for comment, Khumbo Kachali has denied any involvement. His spokesperson said in a written response to our questionnaire; “The Vice President vehemently denies any involvement in the said buses.” The Spokesperson said the media has all along been telling the nation that the buses are connected to Leonard Kalonga, a Ministry of Tourism official. He therefore suggested that people should ask him as to who owns the buses.
The Vice President’s spokesperson wondered why people would want to implicate the Vice President now.
Latest reports suggest that now government would like want to implicate the Vice President in the cashgate buses contrary to it’s earlier application in the High Court where the DPP Bruno Kalemba asked the court to allow the state to dispose-off the buses saying their value is depreciating. In its ruling, the court threw out the application saying the buses remain part of the evidence in the cases taking place in the courts.
Although the buses are currently in the hands of the Police, no one has claimed their ownership. However, they were procured by the Chief Tourism Officer in the Ministry of Tourism Leonard Kalonga. The 65-sitter Scania Marcopol Torino buses were supplied by Automotive Products Limited. The buses are said to be part of the Cashgate scandal where MK 520million Kwacha (US$1.277,643) from government coffers was used to procure them.
In recent months, there has been a clear fall out between President Joyce Banda and her vice, Khumbo Kachali dating to about two months ago when the Malawian leader, decided to drop Kachali as her presidential running mate for next month’s Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government polls. Last weekend during the wedding celebrations of the Crown Prince for the Mbelwa chieftaincy, the two leaders were observed to have not been looking at each other, eye to eye.