I am not surprised that some people don’t believe in themselves, and so can’t believe in what say and do. All they are capable of doing is criticising. What they forget is that people are different. Some are visionary and insightful, and endowed with powers to originate and create while others can only modify or perfect. In the same vein, some are only capable of criticising what others are doing.
When I wrote in my last article here that government should expedite the forensic audit on the K577 billion, naturally some people were sceptical. They thought I was dreaming. In their thinking, just because some Cabinet members in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are said to be privy to the looting of government resources between 2009 and 2014, they will do everything possible to sweep the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) data analysis report under the carpet. Truth is, that they can only delay the report. But not stop it altogether.
Government can try to delay the forensic audit but it will one day come out and the truth will be known. And there will always be payback time for thieves. If you are one of them, start getting lessons in how to tame fear. Greater things than trying to stop a forensic audit report have happened in this country and in this world.
For those who lived through the one party state, who dreamt Malawi would one day switch to a multiparty government? Who knew that Kamuzu would one day cease to be life president while still alive? Where is Saddam Hussein? Colonel Muammar Gaddafi? Nothing is cast in stone. Only God is everlasting and omnipotent. Sorry if some people reading this are atheists.
If you are a thief, good for you if you have not been caught, but many will. If you are one of them, just start counting your days because they are numbered. The fortieth day will come.
I believe that when you talk and write about something, you help things happen through the powers of the invisible hand which makes good triumph over evil. The wheels of justice may grind slowly but surely they are moving. Nothing is too difficult. Maybe only landing on the sun is.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, working with the National Audit Office, has embarked on a scrutiny of the data analysis report. And as I am writing this article, the forensic audit on the same is underway. The report will one day be released to the public and truth will be known. Thieves will be named, shamed, prosecuted, convicted and thrown into jail to ‘rot and rot and rot.’ Do not live a lie. Live to see justice done.
My submission is that we should all pray and play a role in ensuring that thieves are not given more space to loot our taxes. As for me, I will continue reminding the powers that be on the K577 billion report until the truth is laid threadbare. And it will. It is incumbent upon me and all of us to ensure the rot, albeit so entrenched in our society, is not allowed to continue unabated while we can do something against it. Thieves should not continue to steal our taxes with impunity.
We are forever indebted to our development partners for bankrolling the forensic audit on the K577 billion data analysis report; something is happening. As for government, it has no reason to fear that some people—who might be Cabinet members or among the rank and file in the ruling party—will be implicated by the imminent forensic audit. The DPP pledged to do just that during its campaign. Therefore, it now behoves this government to expedite the forensic audit. Truth is the report will one day come out. Too bad if some DPP cadres will be found on the wrong side of the law. It will be like hitting oneself below the belt—where it hurts most. But good for the larger public—Malawi!
Whoever stole our taxes will have to face the sharp edge of the law. In my small way I will not relent in ensuring that those who have been responsible for the plundering billions of our hard-earned money are named, shamed, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to jail. Only then will others will learn from it.