Sunday, November 24, 2013

Let there be light. Addressing Malawi's Cashgate For Good

Joyce Banda said: The Cashgate was a crisis. Nothing was taken serious of her assertions. But then, when the IMF followed with claims that : The Cashgate was a crisis; that headlined all daily and weekly papers; Facebook pages and pinned in most social network group discussions. It was with no surprise that some opposition parties took advantage of IMF 'new discoveries' and...The rest is history.
But what's my take in  all these. It is an open secret that Malawians know of the Cashgate as being a crisis even before JB said it. And what makes the assertions by IMF so special...? What should I expect from the IMF and everyone out there? Usual politicking, leaving the welfare of most Malawians to remain at stake as the battle of supremacy between the ruling PP on one hand, and the opposition (particularly the DPP) on other other hand to rage on. Of course with some civil societies torn between the two sides either with credible or questionable intentions.
But taking, for example, the overarching goal of these exploratory Bretton Woods institutions like the IMF; what I want are measures to address the Cashgate once and for all; and assist in the sustainable reconstruction of Malawi's economy (call it bail out if you want). But I am tired of the blame-game shifting posts...Knowing the cashgate as a crisis without proper recommendations/support is nothing more than knowing that someone has, say, 'cervix cancer' or malaria without recommending any medication.
As you may have suspected, my argument is that JB must not resign as others emotively demand. A larger portion of those who demand for JB's head have been tried and failed.
The DPP? the UDF? 'Our' self-representing MPs? Why are these politicians afraid of waiting for May 2014. Is it because of the adage that no ruling party in Africa loses an election (serve in Zambia). And their hypothesis here is that if JB remains, she can not be dislodged or they are of the view that if they, through the back door, hiding behind an interim government change their statuses into that of the Ruling.
One, this may mean they have gotten their revenge on JB who snatched the leadership crown from them when no Malawian wanted to associate with DPP after 2010; or UDF after 2002? 
Or these politicians think this change in their status or on who occupies the driving seat will help them emerge winners of the 2014 tripartite elections, hence sustaining the status quo that no ruling party loses an election
Thirdly, may be the know their monkeying businesses and are so certain that when the Cashgate hits the Revelation of its compilation, none of them will be safe. Unless, they are at the driving seat, which can only be made possible if they are part of the interim government to close all loopholes left open after that fateful 40th day in April, 2012.
For me, its a question of why are they so much afraid of waiting for next May 2014 which may, if they win, evidently demonstrate JB's lost of popularity here at home? 
My hypothesis here is that all these parties have no principles whatever to be trusted by we Malawians to form an interim government. They demanded the head of who their mouthpiece referred to as Rough Kambara. When this Kambara got nicked, the same people changed colors like chameleons. I am certain that no sooner had that interim government formed than these political parties or MPs  (politicians) want to jump ship; come out of their shells to show their true colors. Have we forgotten how these same guys plundered resources?
The Judges? Hehehe. T's ironic to ask the judges to take control of this sinking ship. For Judge Dingiswayo Madise in Mzuzu while presiding over the case of Ralph Kasambara revealed something which could be a tip of widespread iceberg. He said: "Hearing Kasamabra's case in Mzuzu while Judge Esme Chombo is presiding over the same case would give an impression that the applicant was engaging in JUDGE SHOPPING". This is not in verbatim. But it also casts a net of doubt regarding the credibility of the 'humen' with the white wigs (which I find quite funny and imperialistic). 
Somehow, I am surprised that the media just saw the judge-shopping claims made by one of the country's senior judges as a molehill. This is an area requiring serious investigative journalism. I doubt if any media house will dare take this path; as most of them have become PRs of one or the other party; telling us the obvious.
All these said: My greatest solution to this is putting in place a transparent structural system which starts with the Assert Declaration Bill. 
And of course, the RBM governor has to go. And the principal secretaries of those concerned ministries have to go. Thumbs up to the Malawi Police and ACB for rounding up those, small or big fishes, depending if you view yourself as being size of an ant or an elephant, without 'much government interference'. Nothing of this sort happened during the Muluzi and Mutharika regimes. 
And the heads of the budget director and accountant general have to be brought before King Herod. Yes, CAMA and CONGOMA can also help in the winding up of all Banks which were complicit and allowed the cashgate to take its shape when it could have been prevented. RBM should  withdrawal the licences of the concerned banks - It does not matter which Bank it is. Be it the National Bank or Standard bank, let them wind up their businesses in Malawi, because evidence critically demonstrates that these banks helped the Cashgate to take its course.
Allowing JB to resign while sustaining (or remaining silent about) the structural systems which made the Cashgate to grow its wings, will not at all bring anything. This will only allow the Cashgate to continue for as much eternity as possible. The chessboards might have changed, the key players will have remained the unscratched.
And it is an open secret that DPP benefited from this Cashgate-the blue bus, hammers, the WhiteHoutse at NdataFarm for someone who failed to have his minibus an operational starter motor. Paja ankachita yoduda kuti ilile.
We also know kuti mkulu wachikwama uja gain yake ya sugar inali ya unjonda; and how he managed to buy ma pickup a yellow aja, construct Keza Office Park, the BCA mansion, is a mystery.
And when I was grinning that my MCP was whiter than snow, allegations are  budding that my own MCP is spinecorded on the Cashgate moneys. Apparently no one is safe. Not even me.
If DPP, UDF as well as the two parties (MCP and PP) which I lean my allegiance to are serious to seeing the Cashgate become a thing of the past, let them start declaring their asserts and source of their funding and the sources of funding for those funding them publicly. Let this information be made available to the public through the media and public libraries within a week. They should do this before even the revised assert declaration is tabled and passed in Parliament. 
Let there be light by allowing transparency to take its course in the way we deal our national (and personal) businesses. This will address the Cashgate for good, without even having  JB's head. All that some of us want are measures which will not allow others to take advantage of a porous system despite having JB's head on that platter.