By: Happy Arnold Soko
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it has given a chance to First and Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament to explain on the allegations that they withdrew illegal rental allowances above their entitlement.
According to the statement signed by the ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita M. Ndala, both Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Dr. Clement Chiwaya and First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje were summoned to ACB offices on 18th and 19th respectively.
“The summon is relation to the ongoing investigation in relation to the issue of housing allowances.
“This was done to give the Second and First Deputy Speakers respectively a chance to explain their side of the story in relation to the investigation,” reads part of statement made available to The Malawi Star.
Both Deputy and Second Deputy Speaker who are entitled to K250 000 a month each as housing allowance for residing in their own houses, appeared to be out of order last by declaring to government that they live in rented houses.
The ruse enabled them to take home an additional K300 000 a month since the maximum housing allowance if they are living in rented houses is K550 000.
When questioned last year, Chiwaya confirmed owning the house he is living in, but said it had not been paid for in full.