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THINK OF THIS:
Over a five-year period (January 2009 to December 2014), the auditors (PwC) have raised “red flags” that indicate that payments amounting to MK 577 billion that are shown in bank statements, cannot be traced in Capital Hill’s Cashbook. This is roughly MK100 billion a year of “unaccounted” taxes.

LIKELY EXPLANATIONS:
1) Government does not maintain an up-to-date Cashbook
2) These transactions were genuinely “missed” when capturing the data
3) These were deliberately “missed” when capturing the data
4) The auditors “missed” these transactions
5) The documents were simply “mis-filed”. No need to worry

ULTIMATELY:
1) Vital information was “lost”
2) There is a likelihood that money might have been stolen
3) It will be expensive and time consuming to do the forensic audit
4) The donors will not change their minds on “NOT supporting our budget”
5) We are likely going to have a tough economic environment that makes it extremely difficult for honest and hard-working people to progress financially.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
1) We have a serious challenge upon our hands. We might actually have “thieves” handling our money in government
2) It is NOT easy for the same “management” that presided over the “loss” or the “incompetence” to do a good job to facilitate a speedy and transparent process to unearth the real issues.
3) There is a likelihood this process will drag on for some years before any “justice” might be delivered.
4) Learning from the recent case of “2013 Cashgate” and “MSB toxic loans”, I have learnt that if you are “BIG FISH” you can get away with almost anything in Malawi.
5) I have also learnt that Malawians are extremely forgiving. Yes, a few “out-of-line” individuals might “burn” thieves that steal goats, but they will surely let those that “steal BIG” go free.
6) I have also come to the conclusion that our judiciary can choose to “look away” when it is “convenient”. You might not always find “justice” in the justice department.
7) Finally, I have learnt that the majority of Malawians are not bothered enough with evil, injustice, corruption, looting, theft or economic hardships and oppression. They have enough doses of a “passive religion” that never allows then to fight for what rightly belongs to them.

CONCLUSION:
Maybe we need to “accept” that Malawi is “doomed” to poverty. Who can grant me an asylum or a thirty-year residence permit to live in a country where people are “alive” and believe in justice, accountability, progress and success? I am sick and tired of being part of a nation that has taken a “vow of poverty, suffering and mediocrity”. I would like to give my children the opportunity to live in a different society that has people who don’t smile at poverty nor mediocrity. So, help me God!

Or, should I still remain hopeful? Why should I? What reasons must I hold-on-to? Could we probably have a critical mass this time around that can stand up and say “enough is enough”! Let us do whatever is legally necessary to “rescue” our country?

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