The Public Accounts Committee (Pac) of Parliament has summoned Secretary to Treasury (ST) and Attorney General (AG) to get information on the intended K11 billion payout to companies under Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL).
Recently, our sister paper Malawi News exposed a leaked letter from AG Kalekeni Kaphale informing the ST Clifford Chiunda about the claim from Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Foods Limited.
Speaking after a meeting held at Parliament building, Pac Chairperson Ken Kandodo said the committee wanted information on the intended payout after the two companies were already awarded K3 billion apparently because they had lost property and business during and in the aftermath of the July 20 2011 demonstrations.
“Giving out such amounts amidst economic challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic is a serious issue. The same companies already received over K3 billion that was assessed and awarded by the High Court in 2018,” Kandodo said.
He further said the AG’s decision to instruct Treasury to pay the money to the two companies is raising eyebrows on the role of the office when it comes to defending the interest of Malawians. Kaphale, in an interview with the Malawi News confirmed to have received a letter from the two companies demanding that government should pay them compensation.
Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency Executive Director Willy Kambwandira charged that paying MBL such money would smack of corruption.
He has since advised Parliament to block the payment. On July 20 2010, Malawians took to the streets in protest against the Bingu wa Mutharika administration which they accused of propagating nepotism and other bad governance practices, among other things.