CSOs want Attorney General off K270bn Mulli case: Should be replaced by ‘someone Malawians can trust’

Attorney General Charles Mhango, who is also governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legal director,  is compromised  to handle the K274 billion compensation claims from business mogul Leston Mulli and his enterprises, the civil society  organisations (CSOS) have said.

Attorney General Charles Mhango:Compromised and partisan

Mulli is seeking the compensation for alleged loss of business following a 2012 order by the State to deny them government contracts.

Attorney General’s Chamber wants the court to dismiss the application for lack of basis.

But the CSOs under the banner of  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) issues a statement seen by Nyasa Times on Sunday that while they applaud government for challenging the  Mulli claim, they  want Attorney General to opt out, saying it is  uncertain if the defence is in good faith and would be pursued with the seriousness it deserves.

“Without pre-empting the court, we hold that this claim is baseless, inconsiderate and selfish and does not come close to something legit. This is clearly thievery being masqueraded as something legitimate,” reads the statement by the CSOs.

The statement was signed by  HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo and vice-chairperson Gift Trapence  and regional chairpersons.

“We at the Human Rights Defenders  Coalition would like to echo our own calls that Charles Mhango is very partisan and, therefore, not fit for the position of Attorney General.

“He has to resign or be fired. The claim in question is just too huge a sum to gamble with a compromised lead defence lawyer.”

The CSOs want government to bring  on board a non-partisan person to lead the Attorney General Chambers, especially on the Mulli case  which it described as “delicate.”

Reads the statement: “We are looking for someone that Malawians can trust.”

Mulanje West legislator Patricia Kaliati and  Blantyre City East legislator Noel Masangwi, both former President Peter Mutharika allies and now his political rivals,  claimed during United Transformation Movement (UTM) political rallies that  earlier payment of K3 billion compensation  was paid  to Leston Mulli-owned firms as a way of silencing the businessman after he launched a movement in the ruling DPP to oust Mutharika, 78, from power.

Mulli has strong links to President Peter Mutharika through their shared membership of Mulhakho wa Alhomwe heritage group.

In the claim, Leston Mulli trading as Zao Marketing Agencies is the first claimant with Mulli Brothers Limited as second claimant, Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited being third claimant, the yet to roll-out mobile phone network operator Celcom Limited as fourth claimant and National Bus Company and Chombe Foods Limited as fifth and sixth claimants.

Mulli and five of his companies have filed documents outlining purported losses they suffered during the period of the business ban, including a ministerial order.

The present case comes weeks after Mulli on October 2 2018 obtained a court order gagging Vice-President Saulos Chilima, Kaliati, Blantyre Misesa ward councillor Louis Ngalande, Masangwi and UTM members from making statements connecting Mulli and his businesses with a multi-billion compensation claim against the Attorney General.

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Atate
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Atate

Unfortunately we are quite waiting for Kajoloweka to fight for us. Do we love our country?

fred
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fred

aBotolo ST afunika achita replace cannot trust him. akupeza funding kuti kulpira 270bn , at same time mu chipatala msaku mpereka ndalama.

Holly
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Holly

Kajoleweka, move in on these. You are the only one fighting for us Malawians.
And this AG is indeed compromised

Ntumbuka Weni Weni-Wapachitimba
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Don’t worry about this case because DPP is already leaving government come May 2019 and will see if Muli will continue with this case by the way where was him when the ban was implemented. If a customer says he don’t want to deal with you do you force him?????

Nduzayani
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Nduzayani

Ngati tivotere DPP ndalama iyi apatsana ndithu cz pali ma share anthu ena pamenepa…Amalawi tiyeni tigwirane manja uku nkuba tisalore kuti DPP ilamule ai.Muli ndi chiwanda chofuna kugwetsa dziko lino

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Muli ndi wakuba

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

This is looting 2.0. Looters have scaled up the game. This is a national heist. K270b is 20% of the national budget. This is sophisticated cashgate that will deprive Malawians of its resources for years. Malawians please please wake up

Pita Wa Kuba
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Pita Wa Kuba

ichi nde chamba cheni cheni,,,, how special is this stinking thing called Mulli guys,, kutibera poyera yera ndithu and mbava yayikulu ili pheeee osanenako chilichonse

Awize
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Awize

Malawians are being robbed off their hard earned taxes

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