State probes CSOs on bribery, blackmail

Law enforcing organisations including the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) are said to be investigating members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for allegation of soliciting bribes and blackmail to businessmen, Nyasa Times understands.

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Sources at ACB said they are examining a volume of evidence that includes tapped phone conversation, text messages and secret recordings involving  Human Rights Defenders’ Coalition (HRDC) –Gift Trapence, Timothy Mtambo, MacDonald Sembereka, Billy Mayaya and Beatrice Mateyo— among others.

The investigations is stemming from how CSOs cancelled its demonstrations which were set  against African Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company owned by Abdul Karim Batawarara which is demanding K53 billion from government for an agreement signed in March 2012.

The two suppliers signed a K9 billion contract with the Immigration Department to supply uniforms but failed to honour the deal and are now demanding K53 billion, which is more than five times the agreed amount.

The HRDC had organised demonsrtaion to demand responsible government agencies to investigate Batawarara and the award of the contracts under question for possible corruption and fraud.

But apparently, the activists are said to have solicited bribes and were allegedly  palm oiled  to “shut them up.”

ACB and other law enforcing agencies are said to be investing the matter.

Apparenlty, these are the activists who have previously  accused  President  Peter Mutharika of lack of integrity and a failure to govern the country.

The CSOs have been giving Mutharika several ultimatums, asking him to step down or that he be impeached.

President Mutharika did not spate the CSOs his subtle attacks when he launched the 2019 elections manifesto at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.

Mutharika, who is presidential candidate for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, branded the CSOs as “criminal society organisations.”

He said the CSOs have been up against his administration but failed to topple him, saying DPP remains “unshakable, unbreakable, and unstoppable.”

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Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
1 year ago

Does DPP really think it can intimidate CSO’s with baseless allegations? DPP is employing every tactic to intimidate those it fears ranging from vandalizing billboards of opponents to using state agencies like the police, MRA, ACB for trumped up charges. One message is clear to DPP. No matter what you do, you are going out on 21 May. The stoogies that happily serve these thieving idiots will not be spared. They will continue serving them in jail.

Sato
Sato
1 year ago

ACB lost credibility along time ago. Doing what they know best–wagging their tail when 145 mita calls.

Nalingula
Nalingula
1 year ago

CSO’s Akhala Akutimenyera Nkhondo Nthawi Yayitali Yomaliza…675mita Yogumulira Nyumba…You Want to Silence Them ??? You will Never …Osatomumanga Batawalayo …???For ACB ndi Amwenye Angati Womwe Aba Ndalama Zathu ? Chiyambireni Munatomangapo Angati? Za Ziiiii…..MBUYE Wanuyo Zatomukanika.Wonsewa Akupanga Externalise Ndalama Wathu mungowayang’ana!!!

oMachemba
oMachemba
1 year ago

Some of these so-called Leaders of the CSOs are already compromised; and this is but one nail in their (professional) coffins.
About time too.

Rad Sillo
Rad Sillo
1 year ago

This is true…..ngakuba kwambiri anthu amenewa

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

Very damaging if true. Let’s await more details

Sillica Gell
Sillica Gell
1 year ago

Apa pavuta komanso nzochititsa manyazi for CSOs to behave this way!

Wabwino Atani
Wabwino Atani
1 year ago

WITCHHUNTING

Andrea Chilunga
Andrea Chilunga
1 year ago

One has to trust these thieves at their own risk.. do these people have any track record? What have they done for the nation except encourage anarchy. Let them be arrested they should rot in jail.

Orton Kawembo
Orton Kawembo
1 year ago

We knew that this criminals musking themselves behind the name cso are thieves with no love for the country

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