Pressure mounts on “Corrupt” Malawi Vice President to resign for involvement in bribery, money laundering

Malawi vice President Salulosi Chilima has come under heavy pressure following revelations in the United Kingdom Magistrate Court where his involvement in corruption, money laundering and bribery actions were laid bare.

Chilima is the highest ranking government and political official named on the list where the British businessman Zuneth Sattar is suspected to have committed the crimes.

Saulosi Chilima: Innocently looking but seriously “corrupt” inside
Sattar’s lawyers argue that the businessman is clean and the case is ill founded on hearsay.
Chilima’s UTM party is currently being investigated by the Malawi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for procuring 44 vehicles via a proxy for K3 billion and faces Malawi Revenue Authority claims on how he got the money to used in the vehicle purchase.
Firebrand human rights activist and Executive Director for Youth and Society Executive Director (YAS), Charles Kajoloweka, says it would only be fair for those mentioned to have received proceeds of suspected crime to voluntarily resign from their positions before they face mammoth demonstration.
Martha Chizuma, ACB Director General has also been blamed for being double faced for not pursuing those who benefited from the looting of public resources.
“We know she is friends with the Vice President Chilima and belong to the same Church but personal inter5stes should not lead to some people being treated as sacred cows. Why has ACB not arrested the Vice President and all those involved in the scandal? The British National Crimes Agency shared the list with ACB so why there is no action from her office?” queried Robert Banda of Institute of Public Accountability, anti-corruption government watchdog.
In an interview with Rainbow TV, Kajoloweka said to ensure smooth and fair investigations into the allegations all those mentioned should resign voluntarily and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should move in to investigate and prosecute those who it will be proved that they indeed received such bribes.
The YAS Executive Director has since asked the ACB to deal with the issue urgently and with speed since the issues coming out have the potential to damage government reputation and image.
“It is important that Malawians should not just be following what is being revealed in the UK but these issues should also be looked at local level and all those mentioned should be taken to task through our local laws,” said Kajoloweka.
It is alleged that Sattar splashed huge sums of money to some top government officials to influence procurement decisions in some government ministries and agencies.
Sattar appeared in court on Wednesday morning when he was pleading with the court to ease his bail conditions to enable him travel to Malawi and Dubai.

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Jones Joseph
5 months ago

I quote ` let them resign’ as simple as that

Ali Palimandi
6 months ago

The sun also rises.

A Kangaza
A Kangaza
6 months ago

No wonder, McCarthy tried hard and convince appointment committee to make Martha the ACB boss. What goes around the corner comes around the corner

Chitolerapapo
Chitolerapapo
6 months ago

I agree with all those who are saying that everyone suspected to have received bribes from Zunneth Sattar should resign.

Gift Mingo
Gift Mingo
6 months ago

Tili ku mastand ife

Ruth Ngwira
Ruth Ngwira
6 months ago

So bad

Austin mwale
Austin mwale
6 months ago

Oh no this is too heavy me to say mr chilima is a person to say we’re busy to fight corruption, look now what’s happening the whole scandal , politician please don’t make Malawians stupid

nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
6 months ago

Mwananveka, kabambe lies to IMF .
Mitu siimagwila a Malawi.
Still keeping them to lead us,
Partygate in the UK, ma MP amenezikuwakhudza akungosiilatu ncito, no demos.

Lingstone chazima
Lingstone chazima
6 months ago

Ooooh! Lets wait to what will happen then.

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
6 months ago

Unfortunately. This issue is being dealt with by one agent ACB which deals with corruption only. To deal with wholistically the dealing with Sattar needs to be audited, for the money laundering part has to be dealt with by best placed FIA. Otherwise I can see the failure by one agent to deal with the issue satisfactorily. Do you remember George Chapondas case, it was taken as corruption yet it was misprocurement and money landering. The outcome the ACb failed that case in the court of law. That one would have been dealt with by procurement auditors and FIA successfully.

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