Parliament to decide on controversial arms deal inquiry – Capital Radio Malawi
22 June, 2024

Parliament to decide on controversial arms deal inquiry

Botomani: I am sure this will be accommodated

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is expected come up with a position on the way forward regarding a proposal for a joint inquiry into the controversial arms deal next week.

Last week civil society leaders asked the parliamentary committees on Defence and Security, Public Accounts and Legal Affairs to conduct a joint inquiry to uncover possible irregularities.

It followed an investigative report by journalist Gregory Gondwe that revealed a $400 million payment by the government to UK-based businessperson, Zuneth Sattar, for the arms deal.

Critics questioned the government’s decision considering that Sattar is answering corruption cases within the courts.

According to a member of parliament’s Public Accounts Committee Mark Botoman, this is an issue of public importance which should be followed thoroughly.

“PAC will be meeting ahead of the opening of parliament on Friday to deliberate on issues that could form part of the agenda and the issue of the arms deal am sure will be accommodated,” said Botoman.

Weighing in his views, Youth and Society executive director Charles Kajoloweka who participated in the National Advocacy Platform’s engagement with the authorities stressed the need for the ombudsperson to investigate maladministration issues associated with the arms deal.

He said: “The investigation by the ombudspersons’ office will contribute to transparency and accountability as this will help to uncover any irregularities.’’

He further noted that the contract dents President Chakwera’s purported stance against graft as well as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB’s) earlier order stopping government agencies and departments from dealing with Sattar.

The CSOs expect government to address the nation by providing clear information to the public without compromise on security protocols

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