Analysts warn Malawi on Uladi US ban: President Mutharika urged to fire top aide

Governance experts and commentators have described as a “signal” from the United States Government regarding efforts to fight corruption in Malawi for their decision to Uladi Basikolo Mussa and his immediate family, from entering the US for his alleged involvement in “significant corruption”.

President Mutharika and DPP Vice President for Centre Uladi Mussa

Mussa, who is President Peter Mutharika’s special adviser on parliamentary affairs and serves as governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the Central Region is accused of being involved in significant corruption while serving as Cabinet minister in the Joyce Banda administration in 2013.

Mussa was arrested in March last year and charged with abuse of office by Anti-Corruption Bureau relating to the issuance of Malawian passports to foreigners during his term as minister.

The matter is in court. Mussa denies any wrongdoing.

Governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that  it would be interesting to see how President Mutharika will react to the news as Mussa’s appointing authority in his new role as advisor.

“If Mutharika keeps Mussa on the position it would reflect badly on his leadership as someone who condones corruption. It would be in the best interest of justice and donor relations that Mussa stepped aside to pave way for the completion of the case,” said Munthali.

“ In fact, Mussa shouldn’t even wait for Mutharika to effect such a decision but should be proactive by resigning. But if he doesn’t step aside on his own to allow court processes vindicate him, then President Mutharika has the obligation to remove him from the position until the case is concluded,” he added.

The governance expert said  “this is a break and make issue for Mutharika in as far as his fight against corruption in the country is concerned. Mutharika has nothing to lose by suspending Mussa pending [court outcome].”

Munthali said the the public perception emanating from US decision has the potential to damage the image of Presiddent Mutharika who might be seen as shielding his senior party official.

“This is where caution needs to be exercised,” said Munthali.

Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, in its extended coverage of the  story also published an editorial comment which its states that “corruption perception matters much more.”

The paper said information is in the public domain that Malawi has not been fairing well on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.

“Diplomats traditionally sugar coat their messages. But when they speak directly like the US Government has done, there si reason to get worried,” reads the comment in part.

It said the buck stops with the President “thus, the ball is in Mutharika’s court to turnaround the situation and walk the talk in fighting corruption and abuse of office.”

A political governance analyst Henry Chingaipe also told the paper that the ban does not reflect well on government.

He said: “This is the first time this has happened to anyone in Malawi. It is an indication that we are not doing very well in the fight against corruption.

“This should also act as a message to the President to think seriously of the integrity of a person when making appointments because the position of presidential adviser is significant.”

In a statement dated July 3 2019, the US Embassy the decision is in line with Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programmes Act of 2019.

It states that Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the US.

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Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

Some are commenting ignorantly. Uladi Mussa is being punished for the sins he committed while serving as PP minister of Home Affairs. The same PP whose ministers are being singled out is now in coalition with MCP. This is a damning act against PP directly, and MCP indirectly for accommodating thieves.

Jeff Mpotazingwe
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Jeff Mpotazingwe

Might is right the Japanese always say, but Muntharika appeasement policy will never help Malawi. Recycled politicians are of no use ; we need an inclusive government where dissenting views can be accomodated. Mr president is losing whims of power and this is bad for a country. Dictatorship is good for hard times not laizzes fare. All forms of leaderships are good; anarchy can not be tolerated..Here in Lilongwe spars has been vandalised and things could have been worse if it were not for some few people helping out policing on.

Holly Tit
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😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 I’m just here sipping tea and enjoying this

Phingo Walusa
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Phingo Walusa

If he starts firing Mussa, how many will he fire? I mean, start with the chief thief muntharika himself, look at his cabinet and the whole of his inner circle, search me!

Mr Truth Pains
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Ban more of them, we are tired of these prince of thieves.
Including the president himself is corrupt to the core .
I also urge other developed partners to do likewise.
Well done USA, no bogus allowances for Mussa.
Another one is Chaponda, ban him as well and I hope Chaponda knows it already.

Country man
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Country man

Like father like son. Birds of the same feathers flock together.

chingolopiyo
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chingolopiyo

kkkkk

Chimunthu
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Chimunthu

Izi ndizoseketsa ndithu hahahahha moti a mutharika samadziwa kuti ULADi ndi wakuba why appoint him as an advisor this is careless tippex government

Mr Truth Pains
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He has bn appointed to advise the president on how to steal more resources and get away of it without being caught .

che nnungu
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Birds of the sane feathers flock together

dalo
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dalo

Bad sign,we are heading to Zimbabwe

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

Apumbwa apa zivuta to shield each other