ACB awaits Supreme Court of Malawi directions as K1.7bn Muluzi case stalls

Graft-busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it is waiting for a Supreme Court of Malawi directive in a case involving former president Bakili Muluzi.

Malawi former president Bakili Muluzi with Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi  (r) 

Supreme Court and High Court registrar Agnes Patemba said the 15-year-old high profile case has stalled because Muluzi lawyers obtained an injunction in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

“This case is facing a lot of legal and operational challenges. We are all waiting for the Supreme Court ruling on the applications by the defence counsel,” said Patemba.

Muluzi was asked to explain  about money into his personal bank account which was paid directy to him for the political campaign on 2014 which the State claimed was public money, charges the former president is vehemently denying.

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba,  who once prosecuted Muluzi before he recused himself in the case when he was the bureau’s deputy director general,  is on record having said that the case needs a political solution  because it is not prosecutable.

Muluzi’s case  has stalled  due to numerous adjournments mainly attributed to the former president’s illness and objections from the defence.

His lawyers  claimed that Muluzi’s handpicked  successor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, interfered with the operations of the ACB by ordering his arrest on corruption charges when the graft-busting body had no intention to carry out the arrest.

Second, they 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, among others.

Matemba holds the strong personal view that no one would come at the bureau and successfully prosecute Muluzi in the case.

Actually, all presidents that came after Muluzi, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda and Peter Mutharika, have seen the now 78-year-old being involved in endless court battles in the matter.

According to Matemba, the  case requires political solution backed by the law, saying all relevant stakeholders must be involved, that’s the ACB, Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP], the court and Parliament through Legal Affairs Committee.

ACB directors that have overseen Muluzi’s case

  • 2004 to 2006: Gustav Kaliwo, resigned shortly after he arrested Muluzi
  • 2006 to 2007: The late Tumalisye Ndovi, rejected by Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament
  • 2007 to 2012: Alex Nampota, re-engaged after he previously deputised the first ever ACB boss, Gilton Chiwaula in late 1990s
  • 2012 to 2014: Justice Rezine Mzikamanda, returned to Judiciary, Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal
  • 2014 to 2017: Lucas Kondowe, left after his three-year long contract expired
  • 2017 to date: ACB director general Reyneck Matemba

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Mlomwe
10 months ago

Anamizira nsana muona . Adwalika . Crook

Mpweya zii
Mpweya zii
10 months ago

Ma disk ayambepo

Koma uyu [Bakili] ofunika challenge + prayer za night compost zakezo zisagwire

Chilima game yagona
Chilima game yagona
10 months ago

Matemba ndewu ya katangale yamukanika, he is taken heavy blows and has suffered open fractures. Now he is on his knees defeated and humiliated in failing to prove beyond reasonable doubt. Izi msiyileni trapence

Barristers United
Barristers United
10 months ago

A Right to a Speedy Trial or to be tried in a reasonable time is not a Constituional right of Citizens of Malawi in the Constituion? If it is found that the Government has delayed the trial it should be thrown out after 15 years. If it is true the Defendant has frustrated and delayed proceedings then the trial should proceed. 1.7 Billion Kwacha in 2014 is still alot of money in 2020 and the Defendant should at least explain where the money came from.

Rupiah Banda PO Box 884 Lusaka
Rupiah Banda PO Box 884 Lusaka
10 months ago

Bakili Muluzi should be prosecuted for corruption leave aside the billions paid into his Bank account. This is the man responsible for the corruption in award of government contracts for fertiliser, pharmaceuticals, school note book,even relief food imported during droughts and the enrichment of Indians. The courts have wasted enough time its time for this criminal Muluzi to pay up. He was responsible for Fieldyork.

Wa Wa 3
Wa Wa 3
10 months ago

Also Premiumway International at Central Medical Stores. Pure Bakili Muluzi deal.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
10 months ago

Kusowa zochita kumeneko. Tiyeni nazo ife tikufuna K567 billion CASHGATE kuti zilipati? Enawo ndi ma change chabe a ndalama zathu ma tax payers.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
10 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Cadet pepa.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
10 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Might sound change to you but not to the rest of Malawians. He will have to pay/arrested just like the majority of mbava going through the process now.

Francis
Francis
10 months ago

What is needed is a head of the acb with integrity. Someone like the current ombudsman or mec chair. Focused on finding or doing the truth, not politicking or falling prey to politics. If matemba believes this matter needs a political solution, he should step aside and let others deal withe matter as a corruption matter

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