Declaration of Assets office director Chris Tukula has said his office will take all public officers, including minister of agroculture George Chaponda and members of parliament who submitted late their assets, to court.
Chaponda delayed to update his assets while Finance minister Goodall Gondwe, Trade and Industry minister Joseph Mwanamvekha and Home Affairs minister Grace Chiumia are among those that made last minute rush this week to present a list of their assets and money to the Assets Declaration office.
“We told them to attach a letter explaining why they delayed in declaring their assets to us because that is what the law says. The law says only those with reasonable excuses should be allowed and we will take the public officers to court to establish the reasonable excuses,” said Tukula.
He said his office was ovwhelmed with the last minute rush of the public officers to leave their list of assets as required by law.
President Peter Mutharika, vice president Saulos Chilima and Leader of Opposition Lazarous Chakwera were among the first public officers who deposited their list of assets with the Declaration of Assets office as soon as they took office two years ago.