Suspect wants access to frozen accounts to pay for medical expenses – ACB

Malawi’s graft bursting body, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which last week  froze bank accounts belonging to the former President Peter Mutharika, his wife, Gertrude Mutharika, his top his security aide, who is currently on police remand, Norman Chisale, and the former Deputy Commissioner of the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Roza Mbirizi  says it has received a request from one of them to access the account in order to pay for medical expeses.

ACB czar Reyneck Matemba: In the event that we do not agree,  we would obviously have to take recourse to the courts

The bureau froze some bank accounts in connection with the  ongoing investigations into the importation of 1, 200 bags of cement which were allegedly brought into the country using Mutharika’s  Tax Payment Identification Number (TPIN).

ACB director Reyneck Matemba confirmed that the bureau  is looking into the issue , saying the access may be granted considering  authorities  on similar cases by Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal and the High Court which have in the past allowed people to have access to some funds from frozen bank accounts.

He, however, said the court only allowed access to  “sufficient” funds to meet the reasonable general living expenses as well as medical expenses.

Matemba said there is no “standard way” of determining how much an individual may be allowed to withdraw  from a frozen account.

“This is because reasonable general living expenses vary from one individual to another,” he said.

Matemba said ACB would need  proof of other individual’s general living expenses in utility an medical bills.

“In the event that we do not agree,  we would obviously have to take recourse to the courts for determination and proper guidance on what constitutes that individual’s general living expenses,” he stated.

ACB froze one bank account held by Mutharika individually and a joint account by him and his wife at New Building Society (NBS) and three accounts for Mbirizi at Standard Bank.

The accounts were frozen  after the bureau recently noticed that huge amounts of money were being withdrawn from them.

ACB has been investigating the importation of cement from Zambia and Zimbabwe worth over K5 billion between 2018 and 2019 using former president Mutharika’s privileges.

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Tizanka
Tizanka
8 months ago

Freeze money when you have concluded your investigations you knuckleheads

Super DuperP
Super DuperP
8 months ago

Hahahaha, suspect wants access to stolen money is a better topic than suspect wants access to frozen money.

Buyeni Munoiwa
Buyeni Munoiwa
8 months ago

We need the money back to Malawians enawo adya retirement yawo

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
8 months ago

Let them go to Mangochi DHO, the money that was stolen ought to have been used for the public service

Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
8 months ago

Can we (ACB) adjust to the necessary pace? It seems we are taking too long & believe you me its not healthy… Prosecute these guyz once & for all

Thyolo2
Thyolo2
8 months ago

The money was stolen from Malawians. Why should they have access to it. The accounts should remain frozen till the cases are concluded. Zausilu!!!

Lethal Agent
8 months ago

A Mob is ready at Namiasi trading centre. Very capable. Angry and hungry.

Super DuperP
Super DuperP
8 months ago
Reply to  Lethal Agent

Jah have mercy!

Bentby from Chigunda Dwangwa

this is a result of delays in prosecutions. do your job and do it fast, delaying is leaving alot of loopholes

ERUTU
ERUTU
8 months ago

Iiiiiiiii iiiiiiii

Chilima
Chilima
8 months ago

Why freezing the money as if u hv charged them?

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