Some things will never change! While Malawians were being told lies that the budget for this years’ 57 years independence anniversary celebrations had been slashed from K244 million to a paltry K50 million, Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Zangazanga Chikhosi was busy pocketing K238 million for the same celebrations, we can reveal.
Our impeccable source at the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) revealed that Malawians were hoodwinked to think that the budget was slashed as stated by Minister of Home Affairs Richard Chimwendo Banda who was Chairperson of the organizing Committee of the celebrations.
The source who shared with us part of the bank statement from an FDH Bank account showing some transactions by Chikhosi, said the government ‘silently’ withdrew almost the same amount that was initially budgeted for the celebrations through Chikhosi.
The bank statement shows that on 2July 2021, there was an inward telex payment with reference details; RFB/57 Independence//090TRF006290//OPC amount K238,286,196.00. The account number is 1970000056939 Account name Chief Secretary to the Government.
Insiders said Chikhosi is the only one who can explain where the money went to and there are calls for some law enforcers to grill Chikhosi on the transaction.
About MK244 million had been set aside to cater for costs in commemorating 57 years of independence under the theme ‘Building an inclusive wealthy and self-reliant nation through mindset-change and servant leadership’, but Chimwendo Banda later backtracked and said the figure has since been reduced to MK 50 million.