The Forum for National Development (FND) has called for an immediate probe into K10 trillion which the country took as loans in the period spanning from 2013 to 2019.
National Coordinator for FND, Fryson Chodzi, was speaking in Lilongwe during a press conference on corruption cases the forum has taken head-on with different government ministries and agencies.
FND said Malawi has a huge debt burden and his organisation’s analysis shows that from 2013 to 2019 the country kept borrowing money and there’s a need to account for these loans.
“Between 2013 and 2019 Malawi took loans totalling K10 trillion. Where is this money? What did we do with this money? Can we have a probe and get all culprits to answer for putting the nation at ransom,” said Chodzi.
He then commended the Office of the President and Cabinet, the Anti-Corruption Burea and the Ministry of Energy for being forthcoming with information on issues of national importance. He warned other government ministries, departments and agencies who hide public information that the Access to Information law needs to be adhered to.
Chodzi added that it was imperative to note that the OPC was engaged and has instituted some investigations on issues raised like that of Salima Sugar Company and Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) which have come to fruition. He further commended the Attorney General for allowing engagement that has culminated in a positive fight against corruption.
He finally described the Chakwera Administration as one government that has advanced anti-corruption drive despite the financial challenges the country is facing.