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Eisenhower Mkaka’s Benz on Anti-Corruption Bureau radar

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Michael Kaiyatsa

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said it will investigate Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Eisenhower Mkaka over the way he acquired his Mercedes Benz in mid- 2020.

This follows the emergence of theories linking the vehicle to the car that businessman Zuneth Sattar shipped to Malawi in June 2020.

In a response to a The Daily Times enquiry on Sunday, ACB Director- General Martha Chizuma said, since the bureau is looking into Sattar corruption allegations, it is only right that the bureau looks into this matter as well.

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“For some time now, the bureau has been investigating all allegations related to the Zuneth Sattar corruption issue. We will be investigating anything related to the case and that includes the said Benz by Mkaka,” Chizuma said.

However, Mkaka in a short response said: “Let the ACB do their job unhindered. I have no further comment.”

Some documents that we have not independently verified show that a Mercedes Benz with chassis number WDD2221322A338705 was shipped to Malawi by Sattar on June 26, 2020, from the United Kingdom, while the same chassis number appears on Malawi Revenue Authority documents dated August 21, 2020, that purportedly Mkaka used to seek duty-free clearance.

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Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa said it is important that ACB investigates the matter with urgency so that, if there is any merit in the allegations, prosecutions can begin.

“This is the only way Malawians can have confidence in the bureau as a graft-busting body. It will also put to rest all the speculation and propaganda circulating on social media regarding the alleged involvement of the Cabinet minister,” Kaiyatsa said.

On Saturday, Malawi News revealed that three judges, six Malawi Defence Force officials, 13 Malawi Police Service officials, three principal secretaries, two chiefs of staff, two officials from the Reserve Bank of Malawi, two from the Financial Intelligence Authority, one from the Anti-Corruption Bureau, three vocal civil society organisation leaders and 10 journalists were on Sattar’s beneficiary list.

President Lazarus Chakwera has, on several occasions, said that he will not shield anybody suspected of involvement in corruption.

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