The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has summoned Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa to appear before it following news that he donated items worth millions of kwacha to his constituency.
Recently, the minister, who is also Mulanje Central member of Parliament, was in the news after donating in his constituency K23 million worth of items including an ambulance to Mulanje District Hospital, 300 bicycles and two motorbikes to Mulanje Police Station.
ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala yesterday told The Nation that the bureau and the minister will agree on the date he will appear before it.
“The Anti-Corruption Bureau has invited honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP, and Minister of Local Government to the bureau to discuss matters in relation to the donations he made to his constituency recently,” she said.
Speaking in a telephone interview yesterday, Nankhumwa said he was not aware of the invitation as he spent his day at the tree planting event which President Peter Mutharika presided.
“I have not seen any invitation, but probably, it is because I have not been in the office today. I can only confirm when I have officially received the invitation,” he said.
In an interview with our sister paper Nation on Sunday, Nankhumwa confirmed to have showered his constituency with gifts.
He said the ambulance that people are talking about was bought from the United Kingdom for K2.7 million through a friend. He also said he saved for a long time for the bicycles that cost him K10 million.
“The motorbikes, which I bought for police in my constituency, cost me K10 million. This is something any MP or minister, with proper planning and a heart to assist their constituencies, can afford,” said Nankhumwa.
A Malawian government minister earns around K1.2 million. n