In 1998, whilst working for Nation newspaper, I was very much involved in the reporting of the then high profile case of Kamuzu family led by Mrs Jane Dzanjalimodzi against Kamuzu’s right hand man John Tembo and Mama Kadzamira over Kamuzu estate.
Kamuzu had just died a year earlier and battle for his multi-million estate which included Chayamba Building, Chibisa House and Blantyre Print and Publishing now Times Group, had started.
Tembo was chairman of all these properties and the family, as next of kins of the former president, wanted to take control of the deceased estate.
The battle for Kamuzu estate even involved searching for Kamuzu foreign bank accounts and the UDF led government facilitated foreign trips in search of the bank accounts.
The view then was that Kamuzu had stashed huge sums of money in foreign accounts at the date of his death. The results were very interesting. They only found three bank accounts, non with a substantial amount of money.
If my memory serves me right, the highest had I000 British Sterling Pounds and the least had 500 British Sterling Pounds. This is why am asking the government to be positive with the demand by Mzimba West MP Harry Mkandawire to trace foreign bank accounts of Bingu and find out how much money is kept there.
History has shown that Malawi presidents are not excellencies as we salute them. It is a naked truth that Bakili Muluzi is answering a K1.7 billion corruption case, it is not ill will to say openly that JB (Joyce Banda) is running away from prosecution of her plunder of public money in what is infamously known as cashgate.
Let the probe take place so that Bingu is exonerated otherwise his legacy will still be tainted.