ACB insists Mutharika cleared in Malawi police food scandal involving Zameer Karim

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has maintained that it cleared former president Peter Mutharika in the Zameer Karim police rations case despite getting K145 million and that accepted five vehicles from the businessperson.

Mutharik: Cleared .-Photo: Thoko Chikondi, AP

Karim, who runs Pioneer Investment—the firm embroiled in the police food rations controversy—deposited K145 million into the then ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) bank account held at Standard Bank, for which Mutharika is the sole signatory.

Mutharika denied any connection with Karim, saying the money spent from the donation went towards construction of a DPP office, and that he personally did not benefit from it.

The money was later given back to Karim and ACB director general Reyneck Matemba cleared Mutharika on grounds that he did not personally benefit from the hot gift.

ACB boss briefed journalists Monday after saying his legal and prosecution department plus independent veteran prosecutor concluded upon review of the evidence that the Mutharika had no case to answer in the Zameer Karim police food rations case.

He added that following the change of government, ACB boss discussed the issue with Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe to review the case.

Karim, Commissioner of Police Innocent Bottoman and Senior Superintendent Grant Kachingwe are accused of conspiring to use public office for the advantage of Karim, trading as Pioneer Investments, to arbitrarily obtain K2.7 billion from Malawi Government.

The trio was arrested in December 2018 following revelations of suspected dubious transactions in the food rations contract.

The case generated public interest and pressure from various civil society organizations and opposition political parties.

Earlier on Monday, Home Affairs Minister Richard Chimwendo told the nation that the case will go to court soon.

However, Matemba—in his briefing Monday afternoon—said the case has delayed because of contractual issues ACB had with its consultant who was prosecuting the case.

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Mavembe
Mavembe
6 months ago

This ACB is bent to protect Mutharika at all cost. Surely some people are more equal than others.

ChikadzaKuwani
ChikadzaKuwani
6 months ago

Somebody please help! I can’t just wrap my head around this.

Corruption is a transaction between two entities; the corrupter and the corrupted, or the giver and the receiver, if you will.

Now, since it has been decided that there was no receiver ( Mutharika has no case to answer- ha!ha!ha!), this logically means that there was no giver. Therefore Karim, Bottoman and Kachingwe did not indulge in any shenanigans. Therefore they have no case to answer as well. Therefore, that K145 million is just a figment of Malawians’ imagination. Therefore no corruption took place.

In fact, nothing happened. Ha!ha!ha!ha!

Mwini muzi
6 months ago
Reply to  ChikadzaKuwani

You need to be helped to understand but let your mind be neutral first.

ChikadzaKuwani
ChikadzaKuwani
6 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Elaborate please. It seems that sarcasm goes right over your head. 😂🤣

Wa Yufi
Wa Yufi
6 months ago
Reply to  ChikadzaKuwani

Simbi gives a Hammer to MCP. Chakwera as MCP leader uses the Hammer. Later it turns out that Simbi used corrupt money to buy the Hammer. MCP returns the Hammer to Simbi. Chakwera walakwa pati?

ChikadzaKuwani
ChikadzaKuwani
6 months ago
Reply to  Wa Yufi

Ha!ha!ha!ha!

Mulopwana
6 months ago
Reply to  ChikadzaKuwani

That was my first thought too unless there are other procurement issues. ANIMAL FARM

Sidos
Sidos
6 months ago

In the interests of transparency, which consultant was prosecuting this case?

Last edited 6 months ago by Sidos
Mulopwana
6 months ago
Reply to  Sidos

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