Parliament summons ACB over Bakili Muluzi case


Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has summoned the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for interrogation over the delay of a case in which former president Bakili Muluzi is answering corruption charges.

Both Deputy ACB Director Reyneck Matemba and the Committee’s chairperson Lewis Chakhwantha confirmed the news.

Matemba yesterday told The Daily Times that the meeting was scheduled for Thursday at 9am.


However, later in the day Wednesday, Senior Assistant Clerk of Parliament, Jeffrey Mwenyeheri, said the meeting had been postponed due to funding issues. He said the meeting would now be held during the 46th Session of Parliament scheduled to start this week.

“The agenda was indeed made by the committee in order to exercise their oversight role,” explained Mwenyeheri.

Matemba said the meeting has lined up a number of issues although what is high on the agenda is Muluzi’s case.


“What has been indicated as the second item on the agenda is the issue to do with Cashgate cases,” he said.

Muluzi first appeared in court in February 2009 accused of stealing $11 million donor money and was initially charged on 80 counts of allegedly siphoning aid cash into his private account.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday threw out Muluzi’s application.

The former president wanted the court to determine whether or not his case should be certified to go for a constitutional review.

Muluzi, who is answering criminal charges in the High Court under the Corrupt Practices Act alongside Violet Whisky, wanted the Supreme Court to direct that the High Court sitting as a constitutional court should determine that the charges were politically motivated and, therefore, must be dismissed.

Muluzi, through his lawyer Tamando Chokotho, made an application to have the matter referred for constitutional review, arguing that the whole trial against him perverts the Constitution in many respects.

But in his ruling, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda faulted the High Court for referring the case to the higher court before weighing the arguments.

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