Fraud suspect Mohammad Kassam of Globe Electronics, rushed to High Court in Blantyre to seek an injunction which was granted restraining the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from questioning him on Friday relating to abuse of office in a deal that may have cost government K215 million.
He obtained the injunction through his lawyer Lusungu Gondwe.
Kassam’s co-accused, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising secretary Richard Makondi however appeared before the bureau and denied all charges levelled against him.
ACB deputy director general Reyneck Matemba said the bureau will seek to vacate the injuction obtained by Kassam, saying his action was “an abuse of court process”.
He said the court order was obtained on Thursday, but only served on the bureau Friday morning “when he was due to appear before us in the afternoon.”
Both Kassam and Makondi face criminal allegations related to Toyota Hilux motor vehicles, radios that were supposed to be fixed in Malawi Defence Force (MDF) vehicles, a Land Cruiser which former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo is being mentioned and another Toyota Hilux that was said to have been given to former secretary to Treasury Radson Mwadiwa.
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.
According to the court documents, Toyota Malawi and MDF on June 23 2013 signed a contract to supply MDF 35 vehicles at a contract price of K895 million.