Malawi ex-president Muluzi back in court on March 24

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) returns to High Court  in Blantyre on March 24 with the the case of former president Bakili Muluzi that has stagnated for about 14  years.

Bakili Muluzi was in power between 1994 and 2004

A panel of nine Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda will hear the case in Blantyre, according to court schedule at the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, dated December 16 2019, signed by High Court and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal  registrar Agnes Patemba.

Other judges in the case are Edward Twea, Jane Ansah who is also Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Rezine Mzikamanda, Anaclet Chipeta, Lovemore Chikopa, Frank Kapanda, Dunstain Mwaungulu and Anthony Kamanga.

Muluzi, 75,  the first multiparty president and ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004, was charged over  K1.7 billion which was donated through him for his United Democratic Front (UDF) campaign for his handpicked successor Bingu wa Mutharika in 2014 which was in his personal account.

The State claimed  the money was public funds despite that donations were made directly to him for party purposes and not from donor nations.

Muluzi was first arrested in July 2006 and  initially charged on 80 counts of allegedly siphoning aid cash into his private account. He is being jointly charged with his former  personal  secretary  Lines Whiskey.

But the graft-busting body  has previously expressed interest to drop the charges because of lack of evidence.

ACB already returned over 60 vehicles it seized from Muluzi.

Through a 2009 court order, the bureau seized 63 vehicles which it suspected were bought using corruption earnings.

But an out-of-court agreement between ACB and Muluzi lawyers led to the release of the vehicles in 2018.The agreement was subsequently validated by a court consent.

Over K600 million was deducted from the said K1.7 billion which the two accused are accused to have fraudulently acquired as there was no indication it was corruptly acquired.

The deductions, among others, include K11 million whose method of payment was a loan deposited into Muluzi’s account at Loita Investment Bank and a K80 million loan from Stanbic Bank (now Standard Bank) which Muluzi got for the construction of Keza Office Park.

Muluzi’s lead counsel, Tamando Chokotho, argued that the court does not have material to ascertain that the K1.7 billion was disproportionate to his client’s known sources of income and that he can only be called to explain how he got the money if his known sources of income have been brought before court.

In November last year, the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament asked ACB to update the nation on the status of the case, arguing that it has gone on for too long.

Committee chairperson Kezzie Msukwa asked ACB to either prosecute Muluzi or dismiss the case if the State was not interested in prosecuting him.

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Kwinyani
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Kwinyani

THE CASE HAS BEEN RESUSCITATED TO MAKE MULUZI CONVINCE ATUPELE TO ONCE AGAIN SUPPORT DPP IN EASTERN ONCE JUDGEMENT IS NOT IN THEIR FAVOUR.
IT NOW TELLS A STORY WHY MULI WENT TO MEET ATCHEYA.
DPP IS NOW TWISTING THE POLITICAL ENGINEER AS THEY WISH. KKKKK

chaos
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chaos

jane ansa azikayankhulako chani kumeneko,?

Samuel
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Samuel

Ithe nkhaniyi adagwira ntchito Achalume, Kumachenjera pa tauni. Zina kambu, The Former President H.E. Bakili Muluzi of the Republic of Malawi adatipasa mangolomela kuti ndi zotheka kukhala president ngakhale sukulu itavutilapo. Nkhaniyi mulindale ndipo chiyambi chake ndi ndale choncho andale musatipusise ife sitimadya ndale. Set this man free.

Gertrude
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Gertrude

Jane Ansah sangaweruze mlandu ngakhale woba nkhuku

Gertrude
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Gertrude

He is the master of corruption in Malawi

Matcheso
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WE NEED OUR MONEY FULL STOP !!
LET THEM GO TO MAULA — TIME FOR BOOT LICKING THEM IS OVER —-

Logic first
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Logic first

From the comments here, I can see that ACBs plan is working. Resurrecting this “high profile court case” so that it distracts people’s attention from the current hot case of attempted bribery of the judges. Wake up people! Forget this Muluzi case. They already know the coming conclusion on the case…. Muluzi will bag millions of tax payers’ money as compensation. I’m sorry to say this but that’s what it is according to inside sources.

Mtondoli Jonazi
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Mtondoli Jonazi

So, let me get this straight… One president (now ex) gets money (supposedly for political party use) deposited into his personal account, he gets arrested to answer to corruption charges. Another one (incumbent) gets a donation to his political party (allegedly) and also gets money deposited into an account to which he is the sole signatory (which could also indirectly be considered a personal account) and nothing happens? And the kicker is..the person donating the said monies being under investigation by corruption busting bodies. Or I missed the boat completely that the parallels I see are “but a figment of… Read more »

Digging Deeper & Deeper
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Digging Deeper & Deeper

Democracy has not flourished in Malawi like those who campaigned for democracy led by Chakuwa Chihana has hoped it would. Democracy has instead divided our people into tribes, regions and religion. Corruption is the rule of the day and thrives because Political Engineer No 1 Muluzi practiced and promoted corruption from day one. Can you imagine the case that Muluzi is appearing in court for has been going on for no less than 20 years!!! This man Muluzi made corruption to become a feature of our lives. God please let the case be judged and let Muluzi suffer the punishment… Read more »

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Political engineer. What are you going to do now? As a udf supporter I advised that this issue should be seen in court and it would have been over by now. You chose to play politics. So what next? Send atupele to mcp? Abambo Inu face it you can’t lose this case. Ma lawyer ake ati?

Chiga
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Chiga

Should be called ‘corruption engineer’ as well! Malawi is where we are now because of his political and corruption engineering in which I suggest to Chancellor College to award him a PHD in these two specialized sciences!