Mukhito arrested: Malawi police quiz Mutharika’s ex-chief of staff on cement saga

 

Malawi Police Service, Fiscal and Fraud Section,  has Tuesday arrested former director general of State Residences Peter Mukhito in connection with cement worth K5 billion former president Peter Mutharika imported duty-free.

Mukhito arrested

Mukhito, a former Inspector General of Police,  is signatory to the correspondence between State Residences and Malawi Revenue Authorities (MRA) indicating that Mutharika asked the public tax collector to facilitate clearance of the cement duty-free.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera refused to disclose finer details of the arrests, saying doing so would jeopardise investigations but confirmed that Mukhito is currently being kept at Area 3 police.

“Police are questioning many people  because  we are still investigating,” he said.

In the initial transaction in November 2018, the President bought 20 000 metric tonnes (MT) or 200 000 bags of cement worth $2 240 000 (about K1.68 billion) from PTC Zimbabwe Limited duty-free. In the second transaction. in July 2019, Mutharika bought the same quantity from Prestige Export based at Chipata in Zambia.

Mutharika in a statement issued last Friday affirmed that he was not aware of any cement deals during his tenure.

Police are yet to interrogate the immediate former president on the matter.

In the statement, Mutharika seems to suggest being a victim of identity fraud in the scandal in which his personal bodyguard Norman Chisale was arrested and charged for.

Apart from Chisaler , Fiscal Police also arrested businessperson Shaffe Chunara, owner of Prestige Imports and Exports and former MRA deputy director general Roza Mbilizi in connection with the controversial K5 billion duty-free cement saga.

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Medson
Medson
6 months ago

What taxpayers will benefit from these arrest?
U are feeding these people under the expense of the taxpayers money

new republic
new republic
6 months ago

OK

myfriend
myfriend
6 months ago

most senior police officers now owe it to mukhitho for their promotion when he was ig

Bwatalala
Bwatalala
6 months ago

mukhito is a good person i have known so far. alibe nkhwidzi ndi anthu. kwawo ndikuseka basi.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
6 months ago

A Mukhitowa Alibe miseche, amanena zimachitika.

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
6 months ago

The thugs were above the law, very careless.
“One tax driver I happen to have booked from Shoprite to City Centre was stopped by traffic. The taxi did not have proper paperwork but the driver became so argumentative and arrogant to the traffic officers to the surprise of every passenger. There was no justification for his behaviour.
He later called “Son of Mukhito” and we were released. And this was only a son of Mukhito wa traffic koma njenjenje! kunjenjemela.
Anthu awa amawonga dziko

Manzy
Manzy
6 months ago

Kodi muzingokhalira kumanga anthu,,, leave this guiet man alone. he doesnt fight with anyone.

Lamion
Lamion
6 months ago
Reply to  Manzy

Ndiwe wopusa kwambiri.

Wachiyao
6 months ago
Reply to  Manzy

Don’t worry, he is a former IG so he knows how the laws work. If he did not do anything wrong he will go back home a free man. If not, he will go where all wrong people are sent. It is as simple as that. If you don’t understand, ask any retired IG especially bwana Mukhitho.

Itsanana
Itsanana
6 months ago

This mbava has a fleet of brand new vehicles. He needs to explain how he was able to afford those cars plus that mansion in Area 43 cashgate area. Abweze basi those are our taxes.

Mseuwaboma
Mseuwaboma
6 months ago

In the run up to the 2019 elections Mukhito was very dismissive of people who thought that DPP could lose power. And for good reason. All DPP insiders were 100% sure that their manipulation of results sheets at COMESA hall would work beautifully the way it did in 2014. And for 13 months it worked for them. This is a big lesson for all of us: Power is never permanent and in our dealings we should always keep this in mind. It is better to live a humble, modest life than to live a flamboyant life which just ends in… Read more »

Mwana wa Malawi
Mwana wa Malawi
6 months ago

Its only this cement scam. This thug is involved in alot of stealing and thieving… he has houses n properties and cars over 2 Billion… yet a mere staff member. How. Investigate him thoroughly as his hands are also dirty with people’s blood as he was involved in chasawo and other deaths. And make sure the govt recovers all the looted monies and properties from all these dpp thugs n mbavaas.

mussa
mussa
6 months ago

nanga muli alikuti

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