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Let Kamlepo Kalua bring evidence


RUMPHI East Member of Parliament Kamlepo Kalua is known for what others might call bravery. He is also outspoken. For a democracy as nascent as ours, people who are never afraid to speak out are very important and must be encouraged to do so.

After all, as they say, democracy thrives on freedom of speech. Since he came into the frame around 1993, Kamlepo has made some statements that have been shocking, revealing and sometimes not-soserious.

When it was known that K236 billion was allegedly stolen from the government purse and some ministers were said to have been involved in this other version of cashgate, Malawians waited attentively for the names of these said ministers to be revealed.


Months or a year or over after the Anti Corruption Bureau, the offices of the Attorney General and Accountant General fed us with excuses on the technical and legal implications of revealing the said names of ministers, Kamlepo came out blazing telling the nation that he had names of the ministers.

The nation waited and is still waiting but until now, Kamlepo is yet to release the names. We appreciate the legal implications of this but, somehow, it appears Kamlepo is making too much noise, and we have had enough of it.

We are not saying that Kamlepo does not have the names and is only trying to draw unnecessary attention. What we want now is that Kamlepo should bring out the evidence of the claims he has been making for too long.


Similarly, in this paper we have carried a story in which Kamlepo is making allegations that former Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda was the mastermind of the Rumphi MP abduction.

Chaponda, too, has come up with his response. But as they say, there are three sides to a story and, in this case Kamplepo’s, Chaponda’s and the truth.

We do not know who is saying the truth but for sanity’s sake, I think Kamlepo must now give us evidence on all the allegations he is making other than giving us lip service.



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