State fails to prove corruption, says Muluzi lawyer

Lead lawyer for former president Bakili Muluzi has said the state cross examination of witnesses was too weak that it has failed to connect the former head of state to the K1.7 billion high level corruption case.

Muluzi arriving at Civo he was welcomed by MCP officials and  former deputy speaker Loveness Gondwe
Muluzi: No evidence linking him to corruption

Tamando Chokotho said this on Friday after finishing grilling lead state witness in the case, Victor Banda, former Anti Corruption Bureau deputy director.

“The state did not bother to connect the allegations that the former president stole money from Japan, China and Morocco embassies. There was no connection whatsover to the Keza Building which he built using his own money and bank loans,” said Chokotho.

He had earlier accused the state of lacking seriousness in the case and asked Judge Maclean Kamwambi to strike off the case.

Chokhotho laughed off that the state arrested Muluzi without any shred of evidence in the case.

However state lawyer Clement Mwala said it was too early to make a determination on the case as many more witnesses, 34, are yet to be paraded before the court.

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) lawyer said the state arrested Muluzi based on evidence it had concerning allegations of theft of public money in the Malawi foreign missions some of which was allegedly used to build Keza Office Building in Blantyre.

Former president Bingu wa Mutharika ordered the arrest of Muluzi and his Keza office building was seized by the state.

The corruption case has gone through three administrations of Bingu, Joyce Banda and Peter Mutharika spanning a nine year period.

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Imraan Sadick
5 years ago

I knew all along that Atcheya is squeaky clean just as a new born baby

5 years ago

Why would the state not investigate the MK0.5B from various companies if it was lawfully earned by among other things asking for tax-returns on it? As President all the gifts he gets are property of the state! Sometimes you wonder what kind of law our lawyers studied and practice!

5 years ago

Whilst he may never be found guilty (legally), the very act of receiving donations in the name of state president; for personal benefit, is morally despicable and deplorable. M uluzi would have been ridiculed heavily if it were in the West. An opposition shadow minister in Australia was forced to resign from the front bench (shadow ministry) for receiving a Usd1000 donation despite declaring the same and having broken no law. A speaker of parliament was also recently forced to resign for travelling by plane instead of train between two cities. That’s how much our colleagues value integrity and expect… Read more »

5 years ago

If Muluzi is not guilty then let every cashgater be set free. Because its just not fair. This payback money between muntharikas and muluzis is not a fair game to all Malawians. Let’s forgive everyone..all prisoners be set free and start a new Malawi..then you will see the hand of the Lord. Everyone knows that he used the money to campaign for bingu..but it was our money. Oh Lord. Where are journalists now to write this issue. Prob in Malawi is it seems all media is for alomwe. jb did not have media to back her up so is with… Read more »

5 years ago
Reply to  Abiti

MCP are just stupid and ill organised. They have a huge support from journalists as well some of us here wanting to follow them. Besides they have the Daily Times newspaper of their own!

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