Court suspends Muluzi case: Malawi ex-president lawyer argues charges were ‘politically motivated’

Malawi’s High Court has suspended the trial of against former President Bakili Muluzi after his attorney Tamanda Chokotho presented three arguments which he wants Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda to rule on.

Muluzi: Case suspended until ruling on whethere it gos for constitutional court or not

Muluzi: Case suspended until ruling on whethere it gos for constitutional court or not

Muluzi and his then personal assistant, Violet Whisky, were accused of diverting K1.7 billion allegedly public funds into Muluzi’s personal account.

The former president argued when he was arrested that the charges amounted to “political persecution”.

Muluzi stepped down as president after serving two terms in office in 2004.

Former president’s newly hired lead lawyer, Chokotho, told High Court judge Maclean Kamwambe that he wanted the case to go to the Constitutional Court as per Rule 8(1) of the Courts (High Court) (Procedure on the interpretation of Application of the Constitution) Rule as he felt the issues being raised in the case are constitutional in nature.

Chokotho claimed that Muluzi’s hand-picked successor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, interfered with the operations of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) by ordering his arrest on corruption charges when ACB had no intention to carry out the arrest.

It is on record with a leaked audio clip that late Mutharika ordered former ACB director Gustav Kaliwo to “shake up” Muluzi.

Chokotho also argued that the case was politically-motivated because Muluzi—who was head of State between 1994 and 2004—was continuously being harassed by arresting him. Muluzi was also arrested on trumped up treason trial at the airport when he arrived from UK. He is seeking compensation on that.

The lawyer also questioned the conduct of the offices of the ACB and the Attorney General (AG) in the matter.

“Did the former AG and director of ACB’s conduct to fabricate evidence against the accused not undermine the accused’s right to a fair trial as provided for in Section 42[2][f] of the Constitution?” queried Chokhotho.

Justice Kamwambe has suspended the proceedings until the Chief Justice determines whether the case is constitutional in nature.

Government already had given Muluzi back over 60 vehicles which ACB seized from him in 2009. According to ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba, the vehicles were really “deteriorating” hence an out-of-court agreement between anti-graft body and Muluzi lawyers led to the release of the vehicles earlier this year.

The agreement was subsequently validated by court consent, Matemba disclosed.

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29 thoughts on “Court suspends Muluzi case: Malawi ex-president lawyer argues charges were ‘politically motivated’”

  1. chalera M. says:

    Mulekeni Dr Muluzi kumunzunza pankhani yandale ayi,Muluzi is the best president ever ever Malawi had

  2. yemweuja says:

    u r talking about Muluzi nanga Bingu anaba zingati nanga JB komaso iweyo Peter ukuba zingati. Musayalutse Malawi andale nonse pathako panu

  3. Penjaninge says:

    Koma malawiyu..tinabadwiranji ife?

  4. chosatheka says:

    There goes my favourite president.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mufune musafune, he was the best there ever was.

  5. OMEGA BEMA says:

    That is why muluzi akukondana ndi peter in order to gain favours

  6. Lawyer koma ameneyu
    Atcheya Woyeeeeee

  7. Kodi anthu andale inu m’matitenga aMalawife ngati zitsiru zanu eti?And now how much of our tax money is Bakili going to get in damage and compensation.And very soon you tell us Atupele is minister of ….cum second vice president.Why fooling the entire Malawi nation on a fake case where yet Malawians are losing out? Uve ndithu.

  8. ricky says:

    if you want your sins tobe forgiven, 4giv others first.

  9. Chemtukanika says:

    Iwe wakutsona khutu ndiwe womvetsa chisoni kwambiri.Bwanji ukutukwana chikhalirenicho watchulanso Yehova.Iweyo ngati sunachite tchimo lina liri lonse ku ntchio.pabanja kapena mmudzi mwako,kweza chala mmwamba.Pamaso pa Mulungu tchimo ndi tchimo.Ndikukumbutse,watukwanatu apa.

  10. GWERO PRISON says:

    Wobera anthu wosauka nonse !!

    Lawyer ndi judge wamkulu ndi
    Mulungu NAMALENGA

    Sangalalani kondwani ndi mahule anuwo

    KOMA MUWONA CHIWELUZO CHA MULUNGU PANSI PANO KAPENA KUMWAMBA

  11. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    kuonetseratu poyera kuti pitala ndi boma lake la dpp ndi mbava zotheratu. Akufuna nawonso akolole pomwe sanalime

  12. Ma says:

    The thisf wants acquital now. Since Bingu died he has never been sick BUT those days he knew he will get into prison amangonamizira kudwala panopa he goes to peace missions hehehe koma zili ku Malawi…

  13. Kaziulika Chimugonda says:

    This case of Bakili Muluzi is now being politically driven. The is has been diverted from thefty to political. Who doesn’t know in Malawi that UDF and DPP have made a coalition in government? The defence team doesn’t argue that Achair didn’t divert MK1.7bil but that he was harssed. Though am laity in legal circles, Muluzi defence team adulire boma samoni for harssment. Achair anali kuti nthawi yonseyi kufikila pano alowa mboma akuti the case was politically motivated. Everytime this case was in court, Achair went to hospital for medical attention. Kuteroku, Achair akufuna boma liwalipire kuonjezera pa MK1.7bil. This is Malawi justice when you are in government.

  14. mbani says:

    Dziko la fodya

  15. chiba says:

    so this was his plan all along get close to manthanyula and ask him to drop his charges,wow what a nice plan.

  16. Uchizi says:

    Zoona Mzimayiyo ndiye akuoneka bwino kwambiri kodi ali pa banja? undiyimbire Phone wamnva

  17. gule wamkulu says:

    THERES NO LAW IN MALAWI. YOU ARE ALWAYS GUILTY WHEN YOU ARE NOT ALLIGNED TO THE RULING GOVERNMENT. IN OTHER WORDS AMENE ANAMMANGA MLANDU BAKILI PA NKHANI YOKUBA NDALAMA ZA BOMA , ANALI OPENGA, ETI. YES ,THIS IS MALAWI. VERY UN PROFESSIONAL, CORRUPT AND CONFUSED JUDICIAL SYSTEM.

  18. yuona says:

    Koma ndiyetu MALAWI RIVER JAZZ BAND!

  19. Tatyata says:

    Pita ukubwera booooo!!!

  20. KANDAWE says:

    ATCHEYA WOYEE

  21. Kanonono says:

    This case is a gross wastage of taxpayers’ money. It should not have been there in the first place. Even Bingu himself stole a lot from the world’s poorest country.

  22. Greencardless Malawian says:

    God created Malawians to be human but our leaders prefer to be dogs and all the money obsessed choose to follow suit! Ayayayaa!

  23. Zomvetsa chisoni wambiri pamene a Malawi ambiri tikuvutika chifukwa chamavuto omwe anabweletsa Tambwali ameneyu zoona ena mkumanena kuti alibe mulandu Machende anu ndithu akulu akulu oyendetsa za milandu mapwala anu akulu akulu aboma pomuwombotsa Tsinzinantole ameneyu Koma shuwadu Yehova akanthe nonse Okana kuchita Chilungamo Mulungu akutembelereni zinthu zanu zones zisokonekere ndipo moyo wanu uvutike Pamtumbo panu ndithudi Sete zamanu Kubomako

    1. TUZIJA says:

      usatchule dzina la MULUNGU wako pachabe chifukwa IYE sadzakuyesa olungama, watch your mouth friend

  24. Jovelyn Kasondo says:

    Koma generally nzimayi wa security akuonekayo is beautiful

  25. Nkhedu says:

    Nde pa malawipo.Milandu yodziwana yokhayokha.Tadzayesani MCP muzaone nyansi zonsezi zidzatha.

  26. onanana bank says:

    Izi ndiye zoonekeratu kutiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  27. Malawiano says:

    a chalume welewo. kuchitekete. mundu wamkulu. Angalusa.

  28. nazimbiri says:

    ameneyo ndi cha mkulungwa.mutonama inu

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