Malawi government and Anti-Corruption Bureau came under renewed fire for wasting time and money in prosecuting the so called K1.7 billion corruption case against former president Bakili Muluzi.
The former president alongside his former personal assistant, Lyness Violet Whiskey, are being accused of corruptly acquiring about $11 million (K1.7 billion at that time) when Muluzi was in power between 1994 and 2004 which the State claimed was donor money but court documents show none of Malawi bilateral donors deposited in Muluzi’s personal account as it were alleged.
Malawi government has reportedly spent almost the same K1.7 billion in investigating Muluzi in the case and also for legal expenses in the trial which has been running since 2009.
In a statement, PP spokesman Ken Msonda said it is “very worrisome” that it is now almost nine years since the case started and there seems to be no sign that it will be concluded soon.
Msonda said the most worrisome thing is that the Malawi government is still spending more money on the case.
“Funds that could have been put at a better use for buying drugs in public hospitals, buy the much needed maize, pay teachers’ salaries or even employ doctors and nurses, is being wasted and the government is failing to offer jobs on pretence that there are no funds,” said Msonda.
He also suggested that the case is affecting the health of the former president.
“Naturally when one is going through a court case you have no peace of mind and psychologically affected. We are appealing to the ACB and other government institutions dealing with the case to conclude it as soon as possible,” added Msonda.
The former lead prosecutor Reyneck Matemba, who is also ACB deputy director general, recused himself from the high profile case citing personal reasons.
The prosecution team comprised three members—Matemba, Imran Saidi also from ACB and a hired private practice lawyer Clement Mwala, whose contract with the Bureau has not been renewed yet following its expiry two weeks ago.
ACB said it will reorganise its prosecution team to proceed with the case to its logical conclusion.
Muluzi has always denied any wrong doing, arguing the case was only born out of political vendetta.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :