People with connections to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) used their political influences to buy houses belonging to Lilongwe district council for a million kwacha each.
Most of the houses are said to have been valued at over K7 million or more.
Chairperson of the Lilongwe district finance committee, Samson Chaziya, admitted that his committee has unearthed some anomalies in the way the sale of houses was conducted in recent months.
He, however, declined to reveal any names of people believed to have benefited from the dubious sale of houses.
“We are going to reclaim the money,” Chaziya said but declined to give further details.
But other members of the finance committee said that about 20 houses were auctioned without following any laid down procedures at a million kwacha each.
“Most of the people that benefited are politically connected to the ruling party bt we also know the leadership will support us in recovering these houses,” said a member of the committee that declined to comment.
This is the second time the DPP is being mentioned in house deals. The first time was when President Mutharika was named to have been among the politically connected to have bought houses from Malawi Housing Corporation dubiously.
He was minister of education when he was implicated. He admitted buying the houses but denied using any political influence.
The case, has however, been dropped since he assumed the Presidency last year.