Sibongile Phiri 24/6/15
British Government officials have told corrupt Malawi President Peter Mutharika there will be no resumption of aid to Malawi government following concerns that the government is not transparent regarding the looting of 92 billion kwacha
The message was delivered by the UK Minister of State for International Development, Grant Shapps, Tuesday evening when he met Peter Mutharika at Kumuzu Palace following reports that the government has hidden the full audit report from the public and handed the cash book analysis authored and signed by the Auditor General.
Mr Shapps told Mutharika ” the UK will not be channelling any funding through government financial systems although we are in support of national priorities of the government.”
Later on he told journalists that, ” We discussed the public financial management improvements and public service reform as well as Malawi’s action to tackle corruption,”
In reaction to rampant corruption by DPP government the USA government also issued a statement, ” Transparency and accountability are not just a matter of personal and professional integrity, they are also an economic imperative. If there is a change in mindset so that all government officials understand their first responsibility is to serve the people of Malawi, and the citizens of Malawi understand the obligations of that citizenship there will be no corruption but domestic and international investors will start bringing their money to the table, creating jobs and prosperity.”