By Tawonga Phiri
Have you ever found yourself at a wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people?.
Life is unpredictable and it keeps on suprising us on daily basis. A mother of three and a wife to Charles, Kettie at the age of 26, started her own business while she was working for World Vision International.
She was trading in classic suits and shoes at her shop in old town at the Ptc building opposite the bus depot at Mpico House in city centre, Lilongwe. The shops were populary known as Shoe Dazzle and Explorations, respectively.
Thereafter, she went into furniture and stationery business, her clients were mainly from private and public institutions.
Kettie is an experienced business owner and a reputable professional in advertising and marketing industry.
In 2011, she founded an umbrella company under the banner of Explorations, it is called Royal Classic Events Managers and Decorators.
in the same year, she was among the main decorator at the public event of the launch of Late Ngwazi Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika’s book titled “African Dream”.
Through out the years, she was among the leading advertising agency in Malawi; offering custom made adverts e.g. tear drop banners, roller and ceiling banners, tshirts, caps, promo jingles on radio and television station and many other promo products.
In 2013, She was picked up by officers from Anti Corruption Bureau citing she was a suspect of theft, money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence at Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism. She was not the only one who was picked up and alleged to have been part and parcel of the worse and severe financial scandals ever to have happened in Malawi, termed as CASHGATE.
For seven years,she has been up and down,in and out of court and prison cell.
In my next chapter, will expound more on how she got herself or how she was lured or tricked into this big mess.
The big question is HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED IN THIS AND HOW MANY WERE OR HAVE BEEN ARRESTED?
Did she really got the monies, she is accused of? She was not a government employee, she never signed any government cheque nor approved government payments. Who are these government offiials who planned this whole syndicate? Why do we not hear or see their names in the media as we see the name of this one Kettie Kamwangala? How many institutions were involved and who are the people behind this in these institutions?
Are suppliers supposed to be prosecuted without government officials? Were suppliers involved in this syndicate.
A lot of media forums talk about cashgaters without the other side of the story? Why are people only interested in one side of the story and not look beyond government business transactions.
Why is the media so much interested in only one Kettie Kamwangala?
To be continued.