Lilongwe - Offshore accounts belonging to former Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika have caused a stir in parliament, with opposition members ordering that the money be brought back into the country, Nyasa Times reports.
MP Harry Mkandawire, representing Mzimba West, called on Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu to bring back an alleged K61bn stashed in various offshore accounts belonging to the late president.
"There is money there which belongs to the people of Malawi," said Mkandawire, while presenting copies of a document containing the allegations.
While claiming that the funds would help revive the country's ailing economy, Mkandawire also alleged that Mutharika's money was obtained through illegal means and that the money rightfully belonged to the people of Malawi.
In response to Mkandawire's utterances, Tembenu claimed that no evidence of offshore accounts existed, adding that the accusations should be dismissed.
"When you look at this question, the factual basis is suspect because it is containing allegations that are not proven," Mkandawire was quoted as saying by The Nation.
While questioning the authenticity of Mkandawire's documentation, parliament's speaker Richard Msowoya ruled that debates regarding the issue be curtailed and that government be given adequate time to respond.
Opposition parties argued against the motion, however, causing government to demand a vote by roll call.
The ensuing battle caused live transmission broadcast by the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to be cut, with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) disputing the figure, claiming that it was exaggerated.
The DPP, however, failed to disclosed how much the late Mutharika managed to accumulate during his tenure as president.