Constitutional law expert Justine Dzonzi of Justice Link has noted that government in politically influencing the ongoing corruption cashgate scandal investigations and prosecution, saying the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should tread carefully with the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footages of private meetings between former leader Joyce Banda and suspect Oswald Lutepo.
Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa told a news conference on Thursday that government has handed a CCTV footage showing meetings between Banda and Lutepo to the graft-busting body.
The Minister’s statement comes after Lutepo claimed on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) that the former president was part of Cashgate and Banda shot down the claims with her party accusing DPP-led government of using Lutepo for political vendetta against the former president.
Dzonzi in an interview feared the matter is now being politicised, saying the material handed by government to ACB can be suspected of manipulations “because the manner they have has been submitted is not normal.”
The law expert said the footage might have vital information regarding to cashgate investigations, but pointed out that “government is not supposed to do the investigations on its own. This is a task of the Director of Public Prosecution, Police and the Anti Corruption Bureau not government.”
Noted Dzonzi: “Obviously it will seem as if government is witch-hunting Joyce Banda.”
Money laundering law expert Jai Banda has also questioned the authenticity of the footage.
“This was supposed to be done by Anti-Corruption Bureau, Fiscal police or the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution. There might be a possibility that Government might have tampered with footage,” said Banda who was the first lawyer of Lutepo.
But Nankhumwa denies that the action is aimed at influencing decisions in the ongoing Cashgate cases, saying both the Judiciary and law enforcing agencies are independent.
“The role of government is just to facilitate the process so that Malawians know who actually stole public money, a heartless tendency that has translated into misery and making Malawians destitute in their own land,” insisted Nankhumwa.
Government has also surrendered copies of gate entry registers and appointment bookings for Lutepo to see the former president.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :