ACB  czar reports ‘progress’ in Crossroads Hotelgate probe

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba, has disclosed that the bureau is making good progress in investigating a suspicious transaction between the State House and the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe recently.

Matemba: We are making good progress
The ACB presser: an explanation to taxpayers eager to know the truth would help on the matter.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC  and Youth and Society (YAS) called  for expedited investigations into the matter.

Addressing a news conference in Lilongwe on Thursday, Matemba said the bureau is receiving good cooperation from concerned parties.

“I wish to inform you that the bureau is making very good progress investigating this case and we are receiving good cooperation,” he said.

The bureau launched the probe into the transaction following demands from human rights groups, including the Centre for Mindset Change (CMC) and the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI), which wrote the graft-busting body to thoroughly investigate on the alleged abuse of public funds to pay hotel bills to the tune of K65 million for some guests whose mission in the country secretive.

One of the directors of Crossroads Hotel, Sameer Sacranie confirmed  that State Residences paid a cheque of K12.5 million through a cheque to the hotel for the guests and the rest of the bill was being paid on cash.

President Lazarus Chakwera welcomed the investigations.

The four foreign guests were booked at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe in July under the name Miguel Elias of Chitundu Distributors based in Blantyre.

Sacranie said the guests, who include Elias had booked suites worth $300 per night each for eight days before moving into rooms pegged at $90 per night for the rest of the days.

Miguel –  a staunch supporter of Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) –  is allegedly the consultant who brought the visitors reportedly from Russia in the country for “special operations”.

Meanwhile, ACB has disclosed that activities to mark this year’s Anti-Corruption Awareness Month will take place at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre where the guest of honour will be President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera and Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima.

The day will be commemorated on the 9th of December 2020, with few guests expected to attend because of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) preventive measures, according to Matemba.

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1 month ago

This case is going nowhere believe me Matemba won’t prosecute the hand that feeds him

Kwitande wa kwitande
Kwitande wa kwitande
1 month ago

This case will yield nothing > matemba is just a useless political stoggie who is being used to persecute DPP. I dont think Chakwera is being sincere that he can investigate Kapondanganga because the man used to help him at assembly of God with the money he used to steal from farmers union. Kalumbu is a certified thief and Chakwera specifically hired him to help in stealing money. Chakwera is a direct copy of JB and all what he is doing was copied from JB

1 month ago

mwati Chakwera ndi direct copy ya JB, fine, nanga pitala, Chisale, Getu, Mkhito ndi direct copy yandani??? kapena achina pitala ndikumapeto sikungapezeke size yawo poti ndi akwatakwe pakuba

Mbwenu Naluta
Mbwenu Naluta
1 month ago

Everytime there is a running commentary on an ongoing investigation just know that that is a done and closed case. All Matemba is doing is to show his Paymasters that at least he is doing something and at the same time covering the eyes of Malawians who care with cotton wool. In a month or 2 that will be swept under the carpet and Lazarus Chakwera is aware of those shenanigans. He is a beneficiary of that deal and as such he will try as much as possible to distance himself from this silly move. Ndalama adya basi m’maso muli… Read more »

Moqtadar al Sadir
1 month ago

Which coronavirus? Matenda azungu kwawo Ku northern hemisphere from the Tropic of Cancer. There’s now a vaccine and Britain is vaccinating its citizens enmass. Ife as Africa tidya zotsala from India.

Ma MPs are increasing salaries for themselves and that is corruption.

1 month ago

Why is Kalumbu Phiri the suspect not suspended and arrested as you are doing with DPP,Politicians. so you are arresting DPP to destroy them Politically

1 month ago
Reply to  DRAKE

It is already destroyed by itself the moment the loosing president clings to party leadership. No party can survive under a man who has lost power. That is ultimate rejection by the people.

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