The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rubbished calls to pay back the money that it reportedly forced some parastatals and city councils to contribute towards the party’s fundraising dinner, dubbed, Blue Night, last week.
Responding to the calls, DPP Central Region Vice-President, Hetherwick Ntaba, said in an interview over the weekend, that the money was given to them voluntarily.
He thus accused some of the institutions of rushing to the civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media to tarnish the party’s image.
“That’s rubbish! No one forces anybody to contribute to party functions. Those people who feel [that] they were forced let them come to me, they shouldn’t go to the CSOs, otherwise no one has complained about anything,” Ntaba said.
In a statement released last week, Youth and Society Executive Director, Charles Kajoloweka, gave a 14-day ultimatum to DPP to give back the money or else face unspecified consequences.
Apart from the alleged K5 million which the Blantyre City Council (BCC) and the K3.5 million which their Mzuzu counterparts committed towards the ruling party’s occasion, Kajoloweka said his organisation has independently verified that Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) was bullied into contributing K5 million towards the event.
“We are concerned that corruption and abuse of public resources have overtime become a deep-seated culture in the DPP regime, and we are asking all institutions that were pressured into supporting the event to stop the transactions forthwith,” Kajoloweka said.
He called on the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament to summon the controlling officers of all the institutions who were ransacked by DPP, saying they have a lot of explaining to the people they claim to serve.
In January, reports were rife that DPP demanded in excess of K10 million from LWB also for a blue night fundraising dinner while First Lady Getrude Mutharika was also in the news for invading National Aids Commission where she got K5 million for her Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust.
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