DPP’s Wa Jeffrey loses cool in court: Claims K70bn from Malawi govt

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey on Monday  lost her cool in court and her emotions unfolded after she  was taken to task by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  director Reyneck Matemba in a matter which she is claiming K70 billion compensation from government.

Wa Jeffrey: I was tortured

Wa Jeffrey filed the claim following her acquittal in the K187 million Ministry of Education scam during the Bakili Muluzi administration between 1994 and 2004.

The head of the graft-busting body is defending the matter on behalf of government.

At High Court in Lilongwe, Matemba cross examined Wa Jeffrey and three others on claims related to loss of business, defamation, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, among other claims.

Wa Jeffrey in visibly fused tone told the court that she was traumatised after the arrest when she was breastfeeding.

She also said her children were learning in good private school but were forced to relocate to public schools and that “they could be somewhere by now.”

ACB czar has since been granted his prayer to have a full version of the audit report of March 2000 which was relied up on the acquittal in 2010.

“The defence only picked part of the reports of the audit. For us we need the whole audit report which will give us a whole picture.

 

“The report will give a complete record of the criminal proceedings. Its only when you have a complete court record that you will have a full picture of what transpired,” Matemba said.

The outspoken DPP secretary general and about 50 others were implicated in the scandal exposed through an audit report of March 2000.

The report alleged that Wa Jeffrey’s business connived with some officers from the divisional education office in Kasungu to defraud millions of public funds.

However, the court later acquitted Jeffrey and together with three others she took government to court following the actions and decisions made by the ACB and the National Audit Office (NAO).

Out of the 55 people who were implicated in the scam, only four— including former Ministry of Education principal secretary Sam Safuli—were convicted and jailed, although two of the convictions were later set aside by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal.

Safuli was sentenced to two years imprisonment for aiding and abetting theft of K100 000.

The rest of the suspects, including civil servants and several contractors, had their cases dropped or were acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence.

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zikomo
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zikomo

Imagine chosecho ali mchipani cholamula………….umbamva weniweni wamu DPP….Mr President if you are indeed clean fire this lady akuononga chipani

Mivula wa mvula
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Mbava ina yomwe imandinyansa ine ndi Humphreys Mvula. This guy and Peter Mulamba plundered at Stagecoach and that led to its premature closure. Stupid and heartless people.

MR P.
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MR P.

so people in Government know that Government schools are not good enough yet you steal from the same no good enough schools. nde ana anzanu anayamba mpaka kumaliza ku Government komweko.
MILLIONS CAN BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION BUT IT CAN ONLY TAKE ONE STUPID FOOL TO DESTROY IT.

James
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James

Mwati chani? K7o billion for what? This woman is stupid. Even businesses in her category which have been operating are not worthy K70 billion. I think these other people need mob justice. Don’t think Malawians are sleeping you will be surprised one day. Mbava iwe eti.

DzukaniAmalawi
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DzukaniAmalawi

Malawi has the most pathetic legal system (and the lawyers in it) in the world. No wonder it is the poorest country in the world. Investigators and prosecutors don’t know what they’re doing and yet they claim to have the best education and skills. They lack critical thinking skills, zero problem solving skill; their analytical skills leave much to be desired. This is why we end up with cases acquitted due to lack of evidence. From 1994 there hasn’t been any successful cases, an example of which is Bakili Muluzi’s case where he is in and out of courts for… Read more »

LEGO
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What?K70 billion,million or thousand to compensate her?After stealing our money then we must compensate her again for what?So she joined the DDP in order to get favor from this this corrupt government am i right?Who is she by the way,can someone tell me her person background including her education too.She is so stupid,who told her to take away her children from private schools?Does she thinks that we can not afford to send our children to private schools because we are not in Government?I am sick and tired of hearing this name Wa Jeffrey as if she is the only woman… Read more »

Becks
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Becks

that’s why this government has to go. the courts must delay the case until we have another government

John
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John

ZOMWE UNABA UNADYA ZINAKWANA NA IZI ZOKHA SOTENGA! APO BHIII UKADYELA KWINA

chatinkha
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chatinkha

Sometimes courts acquit people who have commited crime in the name of there is no sufficient evidence. Do you think people who commit crime are stupid. I know this woman, she is just a nasty piece of work and she wants to steal K70billion from Malawians. Amutuma DPP so that she can give some money to the party

Masoambeta
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Masoambeta

Mmayi uyu ndi crook and knows very well that what she was accused of is very true and does not deserve compensation. Mwana umayamwitsayo bambo ake ati ati koma??? She won the case by corrupting the presiding judge and joined DPP only to get our tax as compenstion fraudently. ACB visited some of the buildings her construction company built which were of substandard quality at that time and proved the same. Some of us know you very well you lady from Kasamba.

sabwe
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sabwe

Koma chuma ku Malawi chlipo chochuluka keambiri munthu anaba kale panonso akufuna zina mpakana kufika 70billion eeeeee koma abale tidzafa osaukadi

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