The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it yet to charge Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national organising secretary Richard Makondi relating to abuse of office in a deal that may have cost government K215 million because co-accused businessperson Mohammad Kassam of Globe Electronics, obtained a stay order from the High Court in Blantyre restraining the bureau from questioning him.
Makondi, who has been subjected to being shielded by the ACB was recently summoned for questioning and make his statement under caution.
But when he appeafred with his lawyer Meyer Chisanga, he exercised a right to remain silent on criminal allegation relating 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.
Toyota Malawi and MDF on June 23 2013 signed a contract to supply MDF 35 vehicles at a contract price of K895 millio, court documents indicate.7
But as Makondi was being quizzed by ACB, Kassam obtained a stay order from the High Court restraining the bureau from questioning him.
A CB deputy director general Reyneck Matemba described injunction as a blatant abuse of the court process and the bureau applied on 23 January 2017 to court to vacate the injunction so that they can question Kassam.
The court is yet to hear the matter.
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.