Former cabinet ministers Goodal Gondwe and Patricia Kaliati face prosecution following revelations that the office of the country’s Director of Public Prosecution already gave consent to have the two and other former ministers be brought before the law for corruption.
Gondwe, former Energy Minister during the late Bingu wa Mutharika administration, will face the courts to answer charges over his involvement in the K20 million Ministry of Finance Credit Scheme Account while service as Finance Minister.
In the case, former Secretary to the Treasury Milton Kutengule was prosecuted for single handedly opening the account of which he was also a sole signatory despite it being a Malawi Government account.
Former Information Minister Kaliati on the other hand faces corruption allegations in the award of the Nyika-Vwaza Concession during her time when the Ministry of Information was combined with that of Tourism.
Ministry of Justice and Attorney General Ralph Kasambara disclosed to Malawi’s flagship daily The Nation newspaper that the former DPP Rosemary Kanyuka already gave consent to have the two prosecuted.
Other top officials to be prosecuted include High Court Judge Joseph Manyungwa in a case in which the judge is alleged to have delivered a ruling without hearing the matter.
Kasambara said although government respects the independence of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, which is supposed to prosecute the cases, it is following the cases with keen interest.
“If the matters are prolonged further and by the end of this month nothing is done then the office of the DPP will be asked to prosecute the matters,” said Kasambara.
Outgoing ACB Director Alexiuos Nampota declined to comment on the status of the cases saying that he cannot be discussing the matters through the press since he reports to the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament.