Nyekhwe after nyekhwe! Court extends Mutharika’s bank account freeze

Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa has Wednesday morning renewed order of restrictions on bank accounts for on immediate past president Peter Mutharika’s personal account and joint account with former first lady Gertrude Mutharika as well as that of his  former bodyguard Norman Chisale and others.

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau applied for renewal of the restrictions on the accounts arguing that continuing to freeze the accounts will help protect money that could have been proceeds of crime.

In August 2020, the ACB froze bank accounts of Mutharika, his wife Gertrude, former Malawi Revenue Authority deputy commissioner general Roza Mbilizi and Mutharika’s personal bodyguard Norman Chisale.

The decision was made in connection with an investigation ACB made into an alleged importation of cement worth K5 billion allegedly using Mutharika’s privileges as head of State.

The graft-busting body has stated that failed to complete its investigations due to an upsurge  of covid-19 cases which affected  some of its staff, according to a sworn statement filled  on February 26 by ACB senior investigations officer Robert Mbuzi Mkandawire.

ACB asserts that the investigations are now complete and strongly believe Mutharika’s accounts constitute “proceeds of crime”  as evidenced by material objective information which they have gathered which show thar, there was  “suspicious movement of money” from Mutharika’s bank accounts to the others which cannot be justified.

The graft-busting body also intends to commence proceeding against Mutharika “to recover the money that was lost through the revealed corrupt practices.”

Former president’s lawyer  Samuel  Tembenu, who is also former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Mutharika’s administration,  is on record to have accused ACB of  “high level of crookedness” in the matter.

Section 23 (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act gives the bureau powers to freeze assets for preservation from disposal of suspected proceeds of crime pending conclusion on investigations.

The renewal order on the freeze of the bank accounts came exact time as the High Court in Lilongwe threw out an application by Mutharika and former secretary to President and Cabinet, Lloyd Muhara, to stay execution of order for costs in the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda and Justice Edward Twea forced leave case.

The High Court earlier ordered the two to pay costs for the case after they were faulted for interfering with roles of the judiciary.

However, the two applied for stay for execution of order for costs which the court has dismissed.

High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda found no merit in the application to stay the order.

Nyirenda has further ordered the two to pay costs for the application to stay execution of order for costs.

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John Kachapira
John Kachapira
18 days ago

Its justice. Its also called tge rule of law. So you believe that it was justice when he was stealing? Let him.prove himself that he is not guilty. We are all equal before the law. He should mot be treated differently.

Mapopa
Mapopa
18 days ago

Is this really justice or hatred????

Dausee
Dausee
18 days ago

As long as it is a mtumbuka presiding over Mutharika’s case or the case of any other lhomwe don’t expect to win.

Mukalowanso m’boma mu 2025 mu, make sure to re-rrange the judiciary. It’s infested with lhomwe hating tumbukas.

Selina
Selina
18 days ago

So money was flowing In their accounts like nobody’s business, make sure you don’t do same five years is short.

Assange WikiLeaks
18 days ago

Mbava izi

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
18 days ago

From America to swindle Malawi, mbuzi iyi, anakonza. Freeze even his house. Let him pay rent

kamwendomnjira
kamwendomnjira
18 days ago

All former presidents have issues with money. Bakili has a court case; Bingu had issues; Peter has issues in court; Where is Joyce Banda? we all know she stole our money? this system is controlled by the same people. we cant grow; crying for Magufuli is not enough; what have we learnt from our brother.

mtete
mtete
18 days ago

Freeze all he has to hard snow level and let him pay every Tambala of Court Fees. It’s payback time for this president who made blunder after blunder by appointment people willy nilly to high posts without caring about recruitment processes. Little did he know that we would one day have Chizuma

Eboue
Eboue
18 days ago

It was more like money laundering. Cash being paid monthly to Chisale’s lodge from State House. 5 billion cement saga. All these the president claiming he knew nothing. Squeeze them hard.

Kapoli
Kapoli
18 days ago
Reply to  Eboue

It wasn’t “more like” money laundering, it WAS MONEY LAUNDERING! 👌

Kamuzu Palace
Kamuzu Palace
19 days ago

Lock him up. Lock up Professor wa kubwa Peter Mutharika. Lock him up.

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