The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said all the parties involved in the K1.7 billion corruption case involving former President Bakili Muluzi are to blame for the delay in concluding it.
ACB Director-General Reyneck Matemba was speaking in Lilongwe when he appeared before the parliamentary cluster committee of Legal Affairs and Government Assurances.
Responding to a question from Blantyre City West Member of Parliament, Steven Mikaya, Matemba said no single party can be blamed for the delays in the case which has been in court for over 10 years.
He said ACB, the courts, the witnesses, the Executive Arm of the government and other stakeholders are all to blame.
Matemba said he could not say much on the matter because the case is still in court.
“In most cases, you will find that people are attributing the delays of the case to the ACB. So I said no. All the parties in that case are to blame. Each one of us has contributed to the delays in that case.
“Dr Muluzi himself has contributed to the delay. As ACB we have also contributed to the delays due to change of prosecutors and leadership in the bureau. You will find others are keen to pursue the case while others are not,” Matemba said.
According to the ACB boss, everything that could have been done legally in that case has been done.
“And my plea was to the politicians. Free the ACB and let the ACB do its work and that case has a future,” he said.
Commenting on the budgetary allocation to ACB this year, Matemba said he was grateful that the allocation to the graft-busting body has gone up by 21 percent.
This year, Treasury has allocated K5.228 billion up from K4.313 billion last year.
Matemba said the increased funding will go a long way to address some of the challenges the bureau is facing.
Legal Affairs Committee Chairperson, Yusuf Nthenda, said they would like to see the committee operating without any political interference.