November 30, 2020

CDEDI Demands Suspension of State House Officers Involved in Crossroads Hotel Bills Saga

The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI], has demanded President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera to suspend all the State House officers involved in the Crossroads Hotel bills saga, specifically his Chief of Staff, Mr. Prince Kapondamgaga and the Director of Finance, Mr. Gideon Kumbalu to pave way for thorough investigations on the matter.

CDEDI is appealing to President Dr. Chakwera to exonerate himself on his pledge to fight against corruption at all levels by suspending State House officers that have been implicated to pave the way for investigations on these fraud allegations.

President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera…fight against corruption should start with State House officers…

The organization says should President Dr. Chakwera remain mum on this incident, Malawians will then construe that his stance on the fight against corruption in the country is just some political rhetoric, when in actual sense it is political persecution since his administration is only targeting those connected to the immediate past ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP].

This is contained in a statement by its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa dated 21st October, 2020 on Crossroads Hotel Bills saga, that President Dr. Chakwera should exonerate himself by suspending those implicated, reminding him that time for flowery speeches is over, and that this is now time for action.

In the statement, CDEDI says President Dr. Chakwera should know that Malawians are dismayed with conflicting reports and inconsistent information and statements surrounding the State House and Crossroads Hotel over guests purportedly in the country on security matters.

Public trust is key to national development

CDEDI says all well –meaning Malawians nearly dismissed what started as only social media gossip, when Crossroads Hotel management changed tune to confirm receipt of a cheque worth MK 12.5 Million as proof of payment from State House.

The organization says the change of tune contradicts an earlier statement issued by the Hotel, denying receipt of any Local Purchase Order [LPO] from the State House.

……’’These twists and turns on the incident have prompted CDEDI to zero in on the saga, the inconsistent responses from Mr. Sameer Sacranie of Crossroads Hotel are enough proof that something fishy has taken place between the State House and the Hotel.

CDEDI is advising Mr. Sacranie to know that he is dealing with Tax payers’ money and he should have treated the matter with utmost care, seriousness and in a very transparent and accountable manner.Meanwhile, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has finally ordered an investigation on the Crossroads Hotel Bills saga and Malawians will know the truth on the matter which is refusing to die in the social media.

By Vincent Gunde

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