ACB, Mutharika interview over TPIN lasts 10 minutes, APM chooses to remain silent

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday, 19 August, 2021, interviewed former President Peter Mutharika over allegations that his personal Tax Identification Certificate (TPIN) was used to import cement worth billions of Kwacha while he was in office.

According to one of Mutharika’s lawyers who preferred anonymity, Mutharika chose to remain silent and the interview lasted for 10 minutes.

Four weeks ago, Mutharika issued a statement in which he expressed reluctance to grant the interview citing a number of arguments. He said he did not see the reason why the ACB wanted to interview him when the Department of Fiscal Police did the same in August 2020, arguing he issued a statement “that clarified my position in that matter denying my involvement in the importation of cement”.

Mutharika: Nyekhwe

“Surprisingly, the ACB who never questioned me in any way froze my accounts citing the alleged use or misuse of my TPIN in that transaction,” said Mutharika in the statement, alleging political persecution.

In the statement, Mutharika had hinted he would choose to exercise his right to remain silent “if you choose to go ahead with the interview”.

Both ACB Director Martha Chizuma and Principal Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala could not shed any light on the interview.

“I do not have any information in that regard. I have no update, hearing from you,” said Ndala in a brief response to Nyasa Times’ inquiry, while Chizuma could not respond to a questionnaire sent to her on Thursday.

In an earlier statement, Ndala said that as part of the ongoing investigation process into the allegation of abuse of Mutharika’s TPIN, the Bureau would interview him on 27 July, 2021, but that failed because Mutharika was reportedly unwell.

She said this was a normal legal process, which started in 2020 and that “the ACB hopes that this will put the record straight on the various stories circulating in the social media surrounding this matter”.

Media reports indicated that the interview was expected to start last week but it was deferred due to some technicalities. Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials are also expected to conduct a separate interview with the former President. MRA Head of Corporate Affairs did not respond to a questionnaire sent to him on Wednesday.

The genesis of the matter is the importation of 1 million bags of cement duty-free worth over K5 billion, reportedly using Mutharika’s duty-free status. Former security aide to former President Mutharika Paulosi Norman Chisale, former State House Director of Residences Peter Mukhito and former MRA Deputy Director General, Loza Mbilizi were arrested in connection with the matter.

A Lilongwe-based businessman of Asian origin Mahmed Shafee Ahmed Chunara was also arrested. They are all out on bail.

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Nyamata waku mponela ozitsata
Nyamata waku mponela ozitsata
1 year ago

ACB osayamba kaye za fresh ngati muli serious than being selective

Daniel Pindani
Daniel Pindani
1 year ago

When the MCPACB will start probing into k17b case? When it will start probing into the Joyce Banda’s get-gate?
This selective justice is failing our country

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 year ago

Leadership!! Awa ndi amatetule, kuchitekwete, phiri la kilimanjalo, amuna bambo.

Odyazake alibe mlandu
Odyazake alibe mlandu
1 year ago

You reap what you sow and what goes around will always come around

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
1 year ago

Munthuyu sadabe ayi but the problem of appointing the abusive guys at the healm. Chisale has a case to answer. Its like akuba aba galimoto lako ndi kukabera ndiye wakubayo ndikugwidwa, Vuto ndi la wakubayo osakhala iwe. Otherwise this is thefty case not corruption. And the protagonist must be the police and MRA. Not the National Audit Office, not the ACB or the FIA. Its MRA tax evasion and should involve the police.

Bien
1 year ago

True, these interviews are wasting time and resources, those arrested should be brought to book quickly before we loose a lot of resources. Chunara is a mastermind and influencer in this case, more over a foreigner he should be punished for plunder.

I love malawi
I love malawi
1 year ago

The man only exercised his right to silent,and here you’re making a fuss out of that??Or you think that right does not apply to him??Just meet him in the court of law and everything will come to an open

MALAWI IS FIRE
MALAWI IS FIRE
1 year ago

iwe wa nyasatimes nde pachithunzi cha APM mmunsimo walemba chani wa yufi iwe? APM was already questioned on the same by the fiscal police . chaka chatha nde wina otumidwa who is failing to account for nkhani zake zakwa msundwe ali ku umbudziwoman azikabwera kuti akufuna kumva choona aaaa that alone raises questions to whether this investigation is fair or perpetrated…nde wachepa zizumayo akabadwe kasanu.

My Opinion
My Opinion
1 year ago
Reply to  MALAWI IS FIRE

Hahahahahaha uyuyu uyu na uyu mukuti ndani APM? ayasame tione ngati mulibe kanthu mkamwamomutu! akuopa chani? hahahahaha alibe mau mkuona wakhala osayankha poona ngati a Malawi akanali atulo! wadya iwe! kikkkkkkk koma ndaseka mpaka mmimba kuwawa!
But one thing i know is that he will leave everything behind, and it will remain for Malawians! pangatalike bwanji adzazisiya izi!

Chigonjetso Chiromo
Chigonjetso Chiromo
1 year ago

As a professor of law what example is he showing to the world. Is he trying to tell us that he is above the laws of Malawi. ACB gwirani ntchito pa munthu ameneyi, he doesn’t want to be cooperative

Piper
Piper
1 year ago

He simply doesn’t want the ACB and public to know the truth as that could put him in hot soup !

Itsanana
Itsanana
1 year ago

He is guilty! Arrest him!

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