Drop Muluzi case, MCP legislator pleads: ‘Father of democracy in Malawi’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislator fro Kasungu South East, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda  has asked the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs  to drop  the case of  former president Bakili Muluzi’s allged K1.7 billion corruption case, saying it is taking long to conclude and only torturing him.

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MCP MP Kandodo Chiponda: Dr Bakili Muluzi is the father of democracy in Malawi

Chiponda’s  request through a supplementary question  in Parliament on Tuesday came as the court  is on  March 24 2020 expected to resume hearing Muluzi’s case.

Muluzi, 77  is being tried along with his former secretary Lyness Whiskey  as government claimed 1.7 billion Malawian kwacha ($12 million)  in the former president’s account during his 1994-2004 presidency came from donors.

But court documents shows most of the funds were from his business empire and donation for his political party campaign from Taiwan, Morocco and Libya.

In parliament, Chiponda, a great grand –niece of the country’s funding president Ngwazi Hastings Kamuzu Banda,  observed: “ The case has dragged for too long and I wonder  if government could drop the charges.”

The legislator continued: “Dr Bakili Muluzi is the father of democracy in Malawi. It’s amusing that the case only gets revived during elections period.”

Malawi is set to hold fresh presidential elections on May 19 2020.

Chiponda said: “The former president is ageing. I feel the case has become torturous to him and it is costing taxpayers money.”

In his response, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Bright Msaka  asked Chiponda to submit a fresh question for a detailed response.

“The matter is in court, therefore, the minister and the ministry cannot comment much on matters that are in court.

“But I want to agree with her about all the nice things that she has said about Dr Bakili Muluzi. I entirely agree eith her. I could say more, but not this time. But I agree wth her,” Msaka said.

Graft-busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  director general  Reyneck Matmeba recently said says the 14-year-old Muluzi case needs political solution.

In an interview with a local radio station, the ACB czar Reyneck Matemba doubted if the case can come to a conclusion using the judiciary.

“My own personal opinion is that the case needs a political solution, that is my personal opinion,” said Matemba without explaining much.

Matemba, a practising lawyer, recused himself from prosecuting the case,  citing personal reasons when he was deputy director at ACB.

His former boss director Lucas Kondowe had been on record saying he had serious “reservations” with certain aspects of the K1.7 billion corruption case.

The former ACB boss said before he joined the bureau, his opinion of the Muluzi case was like most people, “which was an opinion driven by the media reports that I had read from various sources.”

Kondowe said when he became head of ACB he requested to review the files to “understand the facts of the case thoroughly instead of just receiving the button and running with it.”

He said: “This is one of the best documented cases I have ever seen at the Bureau with over 16 files of material and a great amount of money spent travelling across the globe, conducting interviews and collecting data and various materials. Thanks to the British government which financed most of this work.

“I have also held private discussions with two of my predecessors who presided as DG(s) at the material time. I will not discuss the details of those discussions as they were private. I have enormous respect and admiration for these two great sons of Malawi for their service to the nation.”

Kondowe said:”I have expressed reservations with certain aspects of the case which I have discussed with my colleagues at the Bureau in great detail. We have had numerous debates on certain matters that I feel strongly about and would like these resolved as they would have dire consequences.”

The former president has always said the charges were politically motivated.

The defence had asked the court to discharge Muluzi.

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YOSWA MKONYOFU
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YOSWA MKONYOFU

Ithink most people do not understand the politics behind this lady. You know if Muluzi is freed from this case he will be more powerful and once Atupele becomes VP he will use his power to take back the reign from DPP back to UDF, This time around his case is like a trap for DPP, once he looks like advancing some agenda the DPP bring back the case.

Mtete
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Mtete

This would set a precedence. Let him be convicted and serve jail. If anything, he can be pardoned by the next President who, I am sure, will not be APM.

Stupid MP
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Stupid MP

I cannot believe the stupidity of this woman

Stupid MP
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Stupid MP

A father of democracy would not be stealing/ embezzling money from the poor

Mtonga Mwana
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Mtonga Mwana

Bakili and his government prosecuted, tortured and arrested the Father & Founder of the Malawi nation. Kumulanda ma nyumba ena akuti ali ake, he mentored Muluzi himself why not him now? One day tidzasiya wina because of age, let’s be serious people.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

Its a calculated move by MCP to prepare themselves to mercilessly plunder this country. Paja they are confident that they will win the coming elections so if Muluzi is let off the hook they will refer to that should anybody ask why they be engsged in corruption.

Inuyo a MCP bwenzi mukumati ngati mungawine mudzamumanga Bakili within 3 months!! Ahhhhh!

POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
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POLITICAL PROPER GANDA

Ophunzira akumpoto onsewa,koma kuNYUMBA yachifimu kumakakhala Muluzi. Kamuzu kuchita kuti GIVE HIM SUPORT uku akulengeza zakuluza kwake kkkkkkk MANORTHENOR ZINAWANYUN’GUNYA Komananga mukanatani lnu anthu sangakuvoteleni muno

Ulemu Banda
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Ulemu Banda

What a load of BS from the MP. The case should go on. What she should have been asking is for the case to be concluded. Bakili needs to face justice and Malawians need justice.

Kholaniwa
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Kholaniwa

If Bakili stole billions of kwachas why are you bothering Bingus money? BANI AMENE SALIBERA BOMA NDI KUPUSA KWACHE. NTHAWI YOUBA YAKWANA

Dani
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Dani

MCP yagenda katauluka.

Mtonga Mwana
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Mtonga Mwana

Those were a member’s views not of MCP

haneef
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what she said is true and she has a point, corruption case or not why the case is not coming to an end? over 14 years now nothing from the case is touching malawians hearts. the court proccess is still coasting the country and to those understand politics knows that politics case are just a waste of time. this case is in the court why those behind the case are busy steeling government money and they were also in Dr muluzis government they are involved too.

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