ACB confirms DPP paid back K145m to Karim but money withheld

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General Reyneck Matemba has said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) returned to Pioneer Investment the contentious K145 million donation suspected to have been proceeds of crime in much-publicised Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam but the moneyhas been withheld.

Karim of Pioneer Investment account is frozen

Matemba said the money was given to Pioneer’s boss Zameer Karim  but ACB immediately froze the account immediately after he deposited the money in his bank account.

“I can confirm that the ACB, through the Financial Intelligence  Authority (FIA), froze Mr Zameer Karim’s bank account immediately after the K145 million  was deposited into his bank account,” said Matemba.

He said it is the money that was given by to Karim by the DPP.

Matemba said the money will be withheld until the matter is concluded in court.

DPP publicist, who is also government spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, said the party felt it right to have the money returned because of public misunderstanding.

Dausi said the money was a donation made to the party and received in good faith through President Peter Mutharika who is the sole signatory to the DPP account which received the ‘suspicious’ funding.

Following a leaked Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) document which implicated the DPP and President Mutharika in a police food ration scandal, the DPP-led government has come under heavy public criticism with human rights defenders calling for the resignation of President Mutharika.

A human rights activist Gift Trapence, who is also deputy chairperson for Human Rights Defenders Coalition which has been pushing for justice on the matter, said DPP should have paid back the money to government coffers transparently and that there is no proof of transaction between DPP  and  Karim on payback.

ACB boss Matemba is on record  as having said bank records and other documents he got from President Mutharika himself show that DPP, not the President  was the ultimate beneficiary of the K145 million.

ACB cannot prosecute a sitting President because he has immunity.

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SONG OF THE DRUNKARD
SONG OF THE DRUNKARD
2 years ago

Mmwenye plus NAIJAS
Basi dzinthu zabvuta kuoononga
Wanthuwa

DR MANGA
2 years ago

ACB IS BEING SCHOOLED BY YAS. ACB SHOULD BE PROACTIVE. KAJOLOWEKA SEEM TO HAVE GOOD LEGAL MIND AND SHOULD REPLACE MATEMBA AT ACB.

chimanga Chaponda
2 years ago

How could the ACB freeze an account that was already frozen by the civil Society called YAS? Mabodzatu awa ACB. You have failed your job

Mbwiye
Mbwiye
2 years ago

This time around Karims account not Pioniers account.The Money was deposited into Karims accout because Pioniers account was frozen already.

James
James
2 years ago

Shame!! I stopped trusting Matemba.

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
2 years ago

ACB shut up!
We have had enough .
Are you the spokesman for Karim or Dpp?

derreck
derreck
2 years ago

Check your records properly,the so called account was frozen before DPP paid back the funds,musatipisitse a ACB,you deserve to be in jail

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
2 years ago

Is this Matemba being really someone with legal background? A lawyer? Silence is golden, otherwise most of the things he says do not make sense at all.
While Trump crooked associates, the likes of Manafort and Cohen are meeting the mighty arm of the law for their illicit deals with former boss, matemba is busy making a fool of himself by trying very hard to be too clever. Unfortunately, he does even come across as convincing and confident with his narratives,.
SHAME!!!

Bob
Bob
2 years ago

ACB trying to be seen that they are doing good work. But alas!!!

Nsanje lalanje
Nsanje lalanje
2 years ago

Accounts for politicians fall under “PEP” category…Politically exposed persons..
According to RBM, such an accounts have to be authorized by senior management and monitored..to check money laundering…….

Apa money laundering yachitikika…pitala benefited from proceeds of crime..

Iyi inapangidwa approve iyi……..? hmmmmm i doubt…… RBM bwelani ndi ma penalty anu aja ku Standard Bank…K50,000,000.00

Nsanje lalanje
Nsanje lalanje
2 years ago

Ma bank mwatilaula….kuthandiza umbava….
I am sure this account is not for DPP.
Ndiya Pitala…yodyela “msuzi.” akasusa ndalama za ma contract ngati wa mimibus.

ACB taonani statement yonse since the account was opened..

Account yeniyeni yachipani ilipo…yosayina treasure, secretary general and others …..

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