CSOs demand probe into death of  Judge Bakuwa in Zambia over ‘maizegate’: Dausi says idea pooh-poohed

The  civil society organisations (CSOs) are calling for  an investigations into the death of  judge of the High Court of Malawi, George Bakuwa in Zambia while on a tour of duty for  State-produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) the Zambian maize procurement saga.

CSO’s demand truth

Bakuwa,  who was a private practice lawyer and  served as company secretary at Admarc., died barely two weeks after taking his oath of office as judge.

He died after a short illness in Lusaka, Zambia.

Now  following allegations of corrupt elements in the ‘maizegate’ leaders of the country’s key CSOs, including Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen), Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) and Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec), are calling for Bakuwa’s death be investigated

Others are Centre for the Development of People (Cedep), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Youth and Society (YAS) and Citizen Alliance.

There has been speculation that Bakuwa may have been poisoned  after he expressed reservation on the ‘cashgate’ style of corruption in the procurement saga.

He dies after his sugar level rose too high, similar to the death of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera.

They say government should have released details on the circumstances that led to Bakuwa’s death and the treatment provided to him.

CSOs argue that government did  not bother to disclose any details to dispel the mystery over Bakuwa’s death.

The civil society led by HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba has urged President Peter Mutharika to include two leaders from their grouping to sit on the inquiry.

They also want the Office of the Ombudsman to be included.

Government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has pooh-poohed the calls for investigations into Bakuwa’s death.

“We should not overstretch our focus,” he said.

He said the matter to be addressed now is the investigations into how  Admarc handled the procurement of the purported 100 000 metric tonnes of maize from Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF).

Admarc has been accused of  engaging  a privately-owned Zambian company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited which purportedly played the role of middleman in the deal.

The Zambian company has since reportedly dragged Admarc to court for breach of contract, having already done so with the Zambia Cooperative Federation over similar charges.

Admarc reportedly paid about K26 billion which government borrowed from the PTA Bank for the purchase of the maize which is about K9.5 billion more than the estimated K15 billion it could have paid had it bought the maize directly from the Zambian Government.

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Maj juku 1
Guest

Koma inu acimwene ndakondwa nazo momwe mukulankulila. Anthuwa ndi atambala omwe sakafuna kuti judge uyu aulule zomwe ankachita ncifukwa chance anamupa. Siyani achite investigate mukaone zikatulukemo

Chambe
Guest

I guess Bakuwa might have died in hospital. If his death certificate just reports natural death as is always the case in many hospitals, pathological examinations might be required to really establish his real cause of death.It may even involve exhuming his body for this process to take place.

Justice Jere
Guest

Highly sophisticated saga as former zambia agric minister and state house are involved in this matter..

misozi banda
Guest

ambiliwa ndi ma machine tu. tiana mbwee, ndi zibwezi zowakakamila. kkkkkkkkkkk

misozi banda
Guest

abale 99% ya mabwanawa ali pa ma ARV nde kwinaku tingotengerako masoka kumafufuza mbili zao kuopa azikazawo angangogwa nkufaso kusiya maka zizukulu zomwe zikudya ma tax athu mwa kathithi. za anawo anamaliza kale ma skool.
anthuwa amayenda ndi zigulu( dzima botolo zikuluzikulu) olo zikwatu meaning maphukusi a ma ARV. abale simmaona nokha mmene anthu akuonekela matupi osafagawika bwinobwino.
zimimba, zipumi phuliphuli, milomo psuu, mawele kumamela mamuna wokhwima kale, tikati nkhope kukungika.
asatitayise nthawi.anadya zathu heavy nanga ali kuti nazo enawa azilondola mbwiyo muno.

Jelbin mk
Guest

So we should take it that Dausi knows something about the judge’s death hence his denial of investigating? We know Dausi kills people using his the NIB guys he used to kill Issah Njauju. We can’t rule out assasination here because this government has no room to accomodate dessenting views.

Becks
Guest

Good people where is Mabvuto Bamusi? Is he on holiday?
Not heard him talk recently.

john
Guest

Mavuto Bamusi has a stake of beef in his mouth, if he talks the voice may not be clear because he feels sweet. If UNIMA students intend to carry demonstrations, Bamusi will be the first person to ask the boys and girls to remain quiet because the government is looking into their issues. That is his duty in that office. That is Malawian life of survival, try yours.

tman
Guest

kodi zakuti akulu akuluwa amayenda ndi matenda simudziwa? zibwana bwaanji? apangatu zambiri anthuwa

Jimuni
Guest

Iyi’tu iyi ndiyakusyawusya!

mphatso
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Nkhani njaikulu. Kuyendesa boma amai ndi abambo is serious business

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