ACB ready to investigate Karim’s five-car donation: CSOs demand action

The  Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) boss Reyneck Matemba has said it was prepared  to investigate that an unscrupulous Indian businessman Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments made a dubious donation of five vehicles worth K85 million to  President Peter Mutharika for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Karim of Pioneer Investment: CSOs demanding action against him

Karim, whose Pioneer Investments also donated K145 million to the DPP through a Standard Bank account which Mutharika is the sole signatory, is embroiled in a K2.7 billion police food rations contract controversy.

Presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalirani  told the Weekend Nation  newspaper which revealed the donation on Saturday that Mutharika has not personally benefitted from the donation of five units of Nissan NP 300 vehicles that Karim bought from Nissan Malawi. He said the vehicles belonged to DPP.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have since has said it is disillusioned with “the level of impunity with which such a serious matter has been treated by the country’s graft-busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau.”

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence and regional chairpersons, accused the ACB of being “an accomplice in corruption”.

The CSOs have since asked Parliament through Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to institute investigations and come to the bottom of the matter, as per its mandate.

“No is the time for Parliament to live up to its promise and save this country from unacceptable and unprecedented impunity and executive thieving,” the HRDC said in the statement.

They are demanding action against Karim and that ACB boss Matemba should step down.

The CSOs alleged that Matemba has failed to inspire confidence in dealing with corruption, hence the appeal to parliamentary committee to intervene.

“It is an understatement to say ACB is toothless on the matter, the HRDC now believes ACB is an accomplice in corruption involving the President and the ruling party zealots in the country,” reads the statement made available to Nyasa Times.

Human rights activist Charles Kajoloweka, who is director of Youth and Society (YAS), said government needs to explain all dealings it has with Pioneer Investments for the public to appreciate.

He said more revelations on dealings regarding Pioneer Investiments should raise eyebrows.

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sato

ACB ndi phanga laachifwamba, akuba etc. Akufunika shamboko iyenda kunsana.

eric
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eric

Join the discussi

Alamu Pumani Mwakula kuba
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ACB should just be abolished. It’s using tax payers’ money for nothing. Some of the cases are not corruption cases but pure theft of public money. The police under Kamuzu did much better than this ACB. We had the Forfeiture Act meant to recover things bought using stolen money. Multiparty politics was adopted hurriedly without looking into the reasons for some of the acts. Malawi is bleeding. So far all the presidents since 1994 have been involved in theft. The evidence is there. The worst so far is Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba who is doing shoddy deals with Zameer. There could… Read more »

Nyson
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Nyson

Is that probe genuine or just a blind of Malawians?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

In fact ACB is overdue for a thorough investigation by a credible and independent Commission of Enquiry. ACB has become the enemy of the state and a drain to the fiscus with billion of Kwacha in fruitless & wasteful expenditure. The whole ACB executive should be charged for lack of professionalism and putting Malawi at risk of becoming a banana republic. Please tell the public ACB, how many cases remain unresolved (still under investigation) and how many has it won.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Even in America or other Western countries a donation of even $10,000 is a lot of money. At least if it is coming from an individual (not a conglomerate).
And now this Karim conman wants the world to believe him that he can donate all that money for nothing? Of course the inflated Foodration payment is likely a tip of the iceberg. A tip of the nose of a massive Hppo (of corruption) beneath waters.

Kachimanga
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Kachimanga

Our only solace is in the fact that Prof Karim Maliseche is remaining with only 6 mths before he gets kicked out of state house together with his co-thieves.

In Darkness Democracy Dies
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In Darkness Democracy Dies

We Malawians should not cheat ourselves. Every President of the Republic of Malawi since 1994 (after Kamuzu’s rule) is owned by the Indian traders. Except for Kamuzu all our Presidents were and in case of APM is in the back pocket of Indian traders. An Indian trader can kill even a Minister and nothing will happen to the Indian in this country. These Indians can do whatever they wish in Malawi without fear of the law because their money buys everyone from our President to a High Court Judge all are corruptible. No one can punish the Indians not ACB,… Read more »

Hama
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Hama

We know the out come of your investigation, dont waste public resource, useless creatures,

Charlie Hebdo
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Charlie Hebdo

Statehouse thinks Malawians are fools repeating the same line that this thieving president did not personally benefit when he, not DPP is the titleholder of these vehicles. What it means is that he owns the controversial vehicles, not DPP. He can do whatever he wants with them and not DPP. Is this man really a lawyer worth his salt? When the time comes for this thief to answer his crimes, you get stupid Malawians sympathizing with him as if they shared the loot.

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