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If you want us to question the credibility of Ntata’s facts on Cashgate, i will be the first one to cast a stone at him, but if Government really did spend time to write this cheap and funny document, then we do not have a government at all.

This document is talking about Ben Phiri and Allan Ntata, so why does the entire government weigh in its voice in an official manner? if there truly are issues between Phiri and Ntata, then i do not see, even a single reason why government must involve itself.

If government wishes to assist Phiri wrestle with Ntata, let them use the informal channels of Cadets or buy some money hungry journalists to demonize him, but getting involved in the name of government, puts the seriousness of government to question.

Malawi Government Online wrote: The folly of defending Cashgate Evils

The increasingly mounting evidence coming out of the courts now tells everyone that Paul Mphwiyo is the chief architect of Cashgate who worked under his boss, the alleged chief instigator of cashgate, Joyce Banda. Every Malawian can see the evil except one defendant of Cashgate. It is Allan Ntata again. But why really?

Besides seeking attention for the wrong reasons, one Allan Ntata labours in vain to communicate and convince his followers and spectators that the Cashgate mafia actors were saints. Look at the sentiments his newly launched report entitled, “Looting to Kill: Analysing a Legacy of Institutionalized Corruption in Malawi.”

During the public lecture Ntata weighed in on the many conspiracy theories that people have been developing since the plunder of public funds at Capital Hill commenced years ago.

The most disturbing questions are: why does Allan Ntata exonerate Cashgate evils and their actors? Is this the same Ntata who has been claiming to be a Malawian patriot? Is Ntata so blind with frustration and hate that he cannot see evil? Can such a lawyer be simply ignorant? Or, is he being sponsored by the Cashgate mafia?

On the surface, it smacks ignorance of highest order for Ntata to try, in vain though, to exonerate Paul Mphwiyo who due to legal processes is having his name mentioned time and again by some of the key defendants. For cashgate to be in the public domain as it is today it all trickles down to the name Paul Mphwiyo whose misfortune on the night of 13 September, 2013 opened a can of worms.

Unfortunately, the Joyce Banda regime treated Mphwiyo as a saint by distancing him from any involvement in the Cashgate scandal even before due legal processes were instituted. To discard what key suspects like, Oswald Lutepo and Leonard Kalonga have said in their affidavits is to side with darkness when light would have been the best option. We all know that Mphwiyo will have his day in court, and when that time comes, Malawians will have their eyes opened on what really transpired for assassins to be hired for a life of someone who was positioned strategically in siphoning public funds.

Let us be reminded that Mphwiyo is facing charges of theft and money laundering involving K2.1 billion ($4.7 million) Informed by the foregoing, Ntata should be the first to know that Cashgate is more of a national wound than just a political one. As such his speculations in the report in trying to paint Mphwiyo as saint hurts the soul of a country recovering from one of the worst scandals since we attained independence. His defence of Mphwiyo raises serious questions on why he has not joined the Mphwiyo case as a witness where he can empty his assertions under the law.

Choosing to defend the indefensible in hotel rooms, not courts of law, is faulty all way round and speaks of a man who is on a questionable propaganda trail. But why?

Ntata is bitter and blindly frustrated because he lost a lucrative contract with a South African firm to supply some services for State House. He believes that it was because of Ben Phiri who snatched the succulent cake from him. This still bitterly pains him. He believes that he failed to get a return ticket to State House because of Ben Phiri. Somewhere, we are dealing with consequences of a personal vendetta and a war driven by frustrated ambition and blind revenge and that this war has spilled over and gone out of focus.

This is a man who sought a job with the same Mutharika he calls a bad man. Ntata even authored a paper addressed to the newly elected President called “How to Govern from State House” as he sought attention and a job from the President, but somehow, his integrity was not trusted. Soon after elections Ntata camped in Lilongwe for two weeks trying to lobby for a job before he gave up in frustration and concluded that Mutharika and the DPP are bad.

Ntata desperately to secure the audience of the President to the extent of playing a comic James Bond in a Hollywood thriller in which Ntata disguised himself as a driver of a White man and sneaked through the gates of State House. When all went sour with a stolen contract, a failed job and snubbed attention, Ntata decided to declare war against Ben Phiri, President Mutharika and the DPP party and finally rather sadly, the people of Malawi.

One can understand why Ntata is masquerading as a patriot. But can one understand why Ntata is defending evils of Cashgate? Is Ntata being sponsored by the Cashgate mafia?

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