Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising secretary Richard Makondi who has shielded from prosecution in connection with allegations of abuse of office in a deal that may have cost government K215 million on Friday appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) where he was questioned.
He appeared at ACB in the company of his lawyer Meyer Chisanga,
But the graft-busting body released Makondi after a caution statement and he is to be dragged to court to be formally charged.
Chisanga said: “My client had a right to remain silent [on charges raised] and he exercised that constitutional right and remained silent. He denied all allegations put to him.”
Makondi has not been prosecuted over an alleged fraud in 2013 involving a K895 mn. ($1.2 mn.) deal to supply 35 Toyota vehicles to the Malawi Defence Force for the advantage of Toyota Malawi contrary to Section 35 as read with Section 25(b) of the Corrupt Practices Act..
Its former Commander, General Henry Odillo, and his deputy Clement Kafuwa were arrested over the deal but Makondi has not been touched .
In March, a magistrate granted the ACB an arrest warrant for Makondi but the warrant was never enforced due to personal friendship of Makondi and ACB boss Lucas Kondowe.
The ACB obtained the warrant of arrest on charges of conspiracy, improper payment of public money, abuse of public office, influencing the use of public office and money laundering.
Makondi, among the charges, would include the improper payment of K1 billion public money to Toyota Malawi, an expense incurred by MDF without authority, making an arbitrary payment of K894 million to Toyota Malawi for the advantage of Toyota Malawi and possessing K229 million that was unlawfully obtained and possessing K18.1 million that was unlawfully obtained.