Public officers derailing Bingu wealth probe – Menyani

Malawi Parliament says public officers are derailing probe into former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s K70 billion wealth believed to be stashed in offshore accounts.

Alekeni Menynai MP: Officials will be summoned again

Alekeni Menyani, chairperson of of Public Accounts Committee of parliament says his committee feels let down by the public officers.

“We summoned them in February but we received so many excuses. Some of them said they were ill, others said either they were on leave or were outside the country,” said Menyani.

He said his committee summoned officials from the office of the Attorney General, graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

Menyani however said the officials would be summoned again.

ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba said the bureau sent the director of investigations Dan Mponda last time they were called.

“Mr Mponda is a senior officer here. If we are called again, and if both the director and myself are busy then we will send another equally senior person,” said Matemba. ]

The director of FIU said her organisation will give the information which it gave in February. “Nothing will change. We deal with banks and there are some issues we cannot say before the committee because of issues of privacy,” she said.

Bingu wa Mutharika was elected president in 2004 and declared he has wealth worth K150 million. He died in 2012 just two years before the end of his term of office.

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5 years ago

The issue is being investigated out of personal emotions. The are jealousy of the Muthalikas. You cant do anything.

5 years ago

Konyani, et al, I agree that you are in a bad position. ACB directors are appointed by HE who is the main beneficiary of the stolen money. The FIU director is but a niece of George Chopard who is shielded from maize gate and associated cases by HE. The story with AG office is common sense in our streets. He has no moral grounds to fight any corruption case. He was lead counsel in Sithole case. He ascended to AG rank through an injunction which saw Peter become AG. Do you expect any of these officers to comply with anything… Read more »

5 years ago

so they are afraid of DPP? They fear party and one family? Malawi on big trouble

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