Malawi ex-minister Uladi sentenced to 6 years in jail over passport scandal: Nyekhwe!

The High Court in Lilongwe  has sentenced former cabinet minister Uladi Mussa  to six years in jail after he was found guilty in a corruption trial linked to the  passport case.

Uladi Mussa has been sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Nyekhwe: Uladi off to prison for six year

Mussa, who served as Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security during the two-year tenure of president Joyce Banda between April 2012 and May 2014, was convicted alongside former senior immigration officer David Kwanjana for aiding foreign nationals to enter into the country illegally.

Justice Chifundo Kachale, who is also Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, presided over the case and found Mussa and others guilty and convicted them. He passed the sentence on Thursday afternoon.

Mussa, 55, was found guilty of abuse of public office, neglect of duty and altering false documents alongside former regional immigration officer David Kwanjana.

Two other people, who were co-accused in the case, were acquitted.

The charge of abuse of office carries a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment  but the judge handed  Mussa and Kwanjana a similar sentence of five  years imprisonment  and one year for the offence of neglect of official duties .The two sentences will run concurrently, meaning that he will serve a five-year jail term.

Kamudoni Nyasulu, a private prosecutor engaged by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB),  said the conviction and sentence  is setting in place a legal precedent.

Nyasulu, who previously served as Director of Public Prosecutions and has worked for the United Nations special tribunals as a prosecutor, said: “The law requires that a public officer’s actions must not be arbitrary, but must follow the law and procedures.”

The former minister, who is DPP vice-president (Central Region),  was conspicuously grumpy after the sentence.

In July 2019, the United States of America Department of State banned Mussa and his spouse from visiting that country for his “involvement in significant corruption” in what an analysts described as a statement to authorities on fighting corruption.

At the time, Mussa, who had just been appointed president Peter Mutharika’s special adviser on parliamentary affairs, said he was surprised with the USA decision because the matter in court was yet to be concluded.

But the US Embassy in Lilongwe justified the decision against Mussa when the case was not concluded, saying the USA had acted “following credible information” that he was involved in significant corruption while serving as a Cabinet minister.

Mussa was arrested in March 2017 on charges of negligence and abuse of office while serving as interim leader of People’s Party (PP) in the absence of party president Joyce Banda. He described the arrest at the time as politically-motivated. He later joined DPP and recently confirmed his ambition to vie for the former governing party’s presidency to replace Peter Mutharika.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Follow us in Twitter
43 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Masharubu
Masharubu
1 month ago

Uladi Mussa shouldn’t complain too much. Yes, the first few weeks of prison life will be very tough. But he will soon be joined by another Mussa and, together, they will keep each other company and “kill” time by telling each other stories about the good ole days….

Tonse
Tonse
1 month ago

This is stern warning to all those in power now ,trade carefully, work hard and work smart. What we soar today will leap tomorrow. You may think that public is blind but the records have been set that when a party or group of individuals are in power everything wrong is presumed right until the right time comes.

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
1 month ago

The artifacts of Tonse Alliance .The art of finishing DPP.Anyway this will backfire.Tonse trying to silence DPPs strong gurus.Believe me or NOT the whole rotten and bribed judiciary will be cleansed come 2025.We will make sure that these all judges by that time will have finished dying one by one .Starting Nyirenda thats your message .Please take it whether yu like it or not.You will have died and NOT RETIRED!!!

Hawell
Hawell
1 month ago

A good precedence indeed. Inunso mulipo lero konzekani kudzalowa ku ndende ngati simusamala because what we know vividly in malawi is that whenever a party is on seat of power it becomes difficult to make arrests for its loyalists but time will come when such powers will go and the law shall take its course. Be on the watch!!!!

Lomwe
Lomwe
1 month ago

Koma Jean Ansah akuthawabe2..mukumuopa?

Pitala
Pitala
1 month ago

I feel sorry for Uladi. 5 years is a long period of time. But what else could the judge have done?
Henry Myssa and Thom Mpinganjira be ware.

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago

ROT 🇲🇼

Moqtadar al Sadir
1 month ago

Nkayidi Uladi Mussa was arrested in 2017 but he immediately changed goal posts to dpp and became vice president for the Centre beating Ntaba. The nkayidi thought that he run away from justice. June 23 changed things and the case was still on. From a minister in all stupid parties that destroyed this country to nkayidi. What an end for “chenji golo”!

Pachalo
Pachalo
1 month ago

Action speaks louder than words! The arrest of the hitherto untouchables will send a clear message that “corruption does not pay and no one is above the Law!” Kudos to the ACB and the Judiciary…all Malawians of good will should support these institutions! For the DPP and Uladi Mussa…simunati mulira misozi kudzadza nyanja! We warned this party against corruption and all they were saying was “bring evidence!”. Two of your 3 regional governors now jailed for corruption. Birds of the same feathers flock together! Thank God DPP is out of power otherwise Uladi Mussa and Mzomera would have been free… Read more »

Prison calling
Prison calling
1 month ago

Mzomera, Uladi down! ……. next! ….Let’s keep going🤣🤣🤣🤣

shares
Read previous post:
Mpinganjira goes for plea bargain: Court revokes bail

Business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira has asked the High Court in Blantyre  for a plea bargaining arrangement  to charges the Anti-Corruption...

Close