ACB yet to submit to court crucial documents on K2.7bn Zameer Karim case

The High Court in Lilongwe is failing to start off the high profile K2.7 billion Zameer Karim police rations deal case because the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is yet to file disclosure of evidence documents to the court.

Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investment 

ACB director Reyneck Matemba said the delay to submit the documents is due to the fact that initially the graft busting body wanted to prosecute former chief executive officer for CDH bank Misheck Esau who was a suspect in the case before the courts cleared him.

The magistrates court in Lilongwe committed the case to the High Court 10 months ago and other suspects include senior police officers Innocent Botomani and Grey Kachingwe.

“We were jointly prosecuting the suspects with Mr. Misheck but now the court has found him with no case to answer so we have to start again, this is what is delaying the case,” said Matemba.

He said after completion of compiling the disclosure of evidence documents, the ACB will inform the High Court which will in turn set a date for hearing of the case.

Karim came in limelight after he gave a “donation” of K145 million to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whose sole signatory is President Peter Mutharika.

Karim is answering charges of theft of public money in a K2.7 billion police food rations deal.

He was arrested along with two Malawi police commissioner Botomani and senior superintendent Kachingwe in relation to the US$3.9 million contract to supply food rations to the police.

A leaked ACB report says the interdicted head of finance at police, Botomani, and Karim had connived to award Pioneer Investments of Karim a contract to provide 500, 000 food ration packs.

Days after the contract was signed, Pioneer Investment allegedly asked for a change to the agreed price from K2.3 billion to K2.7 billion, the report says the change was fraudulently approved by Botomani.

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Timve Ziti
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Timve Ziti

Most of these stories are only good for news headlines. They sell papers and that’s it. A few months down the line they will come up again and then ziii. As long as we read about it we Malawians are content. Nkhani yatha. No action. Life goes on.

Igwe
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Igwe

The say send a thief to catch a thief but in this case, DPP can not send a dpp cadet to catch another dpp cadets this is impossible, Matemba is a dpp thief cadet, and this Indian is a dpp cadet how can they catch each other, the police are all but cadets. The best is to chase them all.

Kharupa
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Kharupa

Wakhala pa mkhate khoswe! Kkkkkkkkkkk

chimanga
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They cant prosecute him…. which ACB can do that? Mwana wa a dad uyu. Matembanso ndiye mbola ya mbola

Nyaphapi One
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Let us just say goodbye ACB.

Bright
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Bright

The guy is well connected to the regime thugs that’s why ACB can’t touch him

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Matemba is the worst ever among all ACB Directors. The boy has no leadership qualities. It would have been better to bring another person to lead ACB and let Reyneck be taking cases to court.

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

kodi nde muzawanga litilo amwenye a milandu olo ose sapezeka olakwa? mxiiii