Do not quash Muluzi corruption case, fast-track it and let court determine

There has been calls at different times by different people to discontinue the K1.7 billion former president Bakili Muluzi corruption case which has now entered the 15th year. The Public Affairs Committee has also added its voice to urge President Lazarus Chakwera to discontinue the case.

Malawi’s former president Bakili Muluzi 

PAC has questioned the rationale of spending taxpayers money on a corruption case that has failed to yield the expected results for many decades and called for dialogue to secure a political solution.  PAC has further justified its position by referring to the observation made by Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, then as a leader of opposition in 2016 that charges against Muluzi have to be dropped. PAC also cites MP Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda’s remarks in parliament who called upon government to drop charges against Muluzi.

There are number of issues that need to be borne in mind why Muluzi case has taken long.  Muluzi himself used delaying tactics to kill the case.  After Bingu’s death in 2012 political and vested interests raised their voices to drop the charges against Muluzi. The Anti-Corruption Bureau also shares the blame. There has been lack of seriousness to prosecute the case.  For example, outgoing ACB director Reyneck Matembea recused himself and still holds the view that the case needs a political solution which is to discontinue the case. Muluzi lawyers have thrown some spanners as well.  They want the case to go to the constitutional court for reasons that are difficult to understand. How can a corruption case be a constitutional issue? All these factors have conspired to delay the case unnecessarily.

The fact that it has taken long to conclude the case does not mean it should be discontinued. Yes, court cases take time. But this should not be enough reason to discontinue the case. It is equally true that court cases consume a lot of public resources. Again, this is not a valid reason to discontinue the case.  How many billions have been spent on the presidential case? In issues of justice, cost does not matter

To discontinue Muluzi corruption case is to set a bad precedent and will undermine efforts to fight corruption in the country. It will also defeat the demand for transparency and accountability from leaders and give them carte blanche to loot public resources and get away with it.

PAC should be the last organisation to call on President Chakwera to quash the case. If anything, it should call upon government to ensure that ACB is adequately resourced so that the Muluzi and all other corruption cases are concluded within a few months.  It should even call for other cases such as killing of Robert Chasowa and people with albinism to be concluded. PAC as an institution that stands for justice must direct its efforts to ensure justice is done not suppressed.  Corruption is evil and has partly contributed to the underdevelopment of Malawi because resources meant for development have found their way into pockets of individuals.

Whoever takes over from Matemba as ACB director should prioritise the Muluzi and other corruption cases so that they are concluded within a few months like the presidential election’s case.

The director should discuss with the judiciary to allocate judges to specifically handle corruption cases.  President Chakwera and the Tonse Alliance government should not be drawn into the issue.

Let Muluzi justify how he amassed his K1.7 billion in the 10 years he was in office. Let him prove his innocence in court. Justice must prevail!!!!!!

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benty smart
6 months ago

i do not see any merit in spending extra cash on a case which was politically motivated by bingu 21/7 muthalika.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
6 months ago

The presidential elections case should never at any point be used as a basis for fast tracking or delaying any other case. Here we had a kangaroo court sitting as a constitutional court, which had vested interests in the outcome of the case, regardless of evidence or lack of the same brought before it.

CHIKABUDULA
CHIKABUDULA
6 months ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Kulira kwa anamfedwa.😊😀😊

Kwitanda
Kwitanda
6 months ago

The case should be given one month to conclude. There is too much enefficiency with our courts just because nobody is above it. Otherwise we wouldn’t have been seeing cash gate cases still being in courts today.

Action
6 months ago

Muluzi sangamangidwe zitavuta zitatani mlandu ungothapo basi mulemekezeni ngati tate wa democracy mmalawi

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
6 months ago
Reply to  Action

Muluzi si tate wa democracy in Malawi koma he was the first president in Democratic Malawi. You may deceive the nation Action

Chipapwiche
Chipapwiche
6 months ago

Nkhani iyi siyamasewera ndipo musatenge rule of law ngati nthabwala zomwe mungachite mudziwe mudzala mbeu yachabe. Lekani lamulo ligwire ntchito yake. Ndalama ngati mungoti zikuonongeka ndichifukwa chaiwowa womwe ankhala akunthawa mulanduwu ponamizira kudwala pomwenso boma linakhala likuononga ndalama za nkhani nkhani polipira ma bill osayenera kulipira boma chifukwa chothawa milandu. Inuyo a PAC muli serious , mwamwa chiani? Viyo kapena kachasu. Mutibwezera ife a Malawi Ndalama zomwe akuluwa ationongetsa kulipira Ku chipatala kukwera ndege mpaka charter? Komanso nkhani za akuluwa zizomwezi mukukumba nkhani yomwe a Dr Chikago ankhala akuyendera Ndalama zomwe akuluwa amatenga Ku Embassy ya Japan , nanga ma… Read more »

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
6 months ago
Reply to  Chipapwiche

You can now see how humble or unnoticed Atupele is? Can someone tell me where the guy is hiding and why the dead silence mmalo motukula Malawi limodzi ngakhale by providing constructive criticisms

Hora
Hora
6 months ago

Do not quash the case ,a wrong precedent will be created ,there are many corruption,theft by public servant and money laundering cases in the country,quashing muluzi case will put the judiciary in a tight spot for future cases. Bill Cosby served sentence despite his age.

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