Goodall Gondwe defiant, refuses to resign


A meeting Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe had Friday with leaders of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the controversial allocation of K4 billion for rural development ended without changing the latter’s position on the issue.

The CSOs have been demanding that Gondwe should resign over how the money was allocated to the Members of Parliament (MPs).

After the meeting, which took close to two and half   hours, human rights activist, Gift Trapence who led the CSOs delegation said despite the meeting, the CSOs are still not convinced with explanation Gondwe gave them.


“The meeting did not change our position. The issue for us is about accountability. We are not against the idea that money should go to Malawians. That’s what we want and we know that the funds we have do not even reach the rural masses through corruption. What we have been trying to do is to make sure that the channels we use to reach out in terms of the social services that we deliver should be good,” he said. He said looking at how the whole issue was handled, the solution is that the Minister should just cancel the whole allocation.

“This concept of sharing money was questionable. All in all, we are not convinced. It hasn’t changed our position.

We told the Minister of Finance that if you can’t cancel, we don’t care whether he can cancel it or stop it, we still demand that he resigns. We have not changed our position,” Trapence said.


At a press conference later in the day, the CSO leaders described the whole issue as state sponsored money laundering.

The insisted that Gondwe and Nankhumwa should resign or they will take the issue to court.

They also revealed plans to hold demonstrations on the issue.

Gondwe, however, insisted that the money has not yet been given to the MPs and highlighted that government will use existing development structures.

“We will use the Village Development Committees and Area Development Committees, to have a say on how this money is going to be used. And if the money is available, that is what we are going to do. And nobody is going to resign. Why should we resign? What are the reasons? There is absolutely no reason for it and therefore we will just ignore that,” Gondwe said.

He added: “If there was an agreement or an understanding that indeed we broke the law, we made wrong decisions, yes [we could resign]. But all what is being said is that morality could not understand this. We should have done differently and then we should withdraw it. They have not proved that. The government will continue with this programme.”

Some of the people who made the CSOs delegation were Timothy Mtambo, Billy Mayaya and Charles Kajoloweka.

Those with Gondwe were Minister of Industry and Trade, Henry Mussa, presidential advisor of Civil Society Organizations, Mabvuto Bamusi and Democratic Progressive

Party (DPP) Vice president, Hetherwick Ntaba.

Since this publication broke the news on the suspicious allocation of K40 million each to 86 constituencies, a number of quarters have raised concern how the whole issue was handled.

What made the issue questionable was that the K3.4 billion was allocated to constituencies of DPP, United Democratic Front (UDF), People’s Party (PP), and some independent MPs who helped the government in blocking electoral reforms bills.

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