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Paul Mphwiyo left out of K2.3 billion case

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has denied the Anti-Corruption Bureau consent to include former budget director, Paul Mphwiyo, in a case in which Malawi Defence Force former commander, Henry Odillo, and others are answering charges relating to the plunder of K2.3 billion in public resources.

The money was paid to a South Africa-based company, Thuso Group.

DPP Mary Kachale has since written the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament detailing her reasoning on the decision.

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In an interview on Wednesday, the committee’s chairperson, Maxwell Thyolera, confirmed having received the report from the DPP.

“Yes we received that report which the DPP submitted to the National Assembly. You know, they are supposed to report to the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament on the progress of such cases,” he said.

Thyolera said the submission of the report is in line with Section 100 of the Constitution and Section 42 (2) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

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“The DPP was supposed to give reasons for denial of consent. That is the report we have received,” Thyolera said.

He did not, however, provide more information, stressing that “the issue is very sensitive”.

Efforts to get more details from the DPP office on the reasons that have been raised on the matter yielded no results as spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Apoche Itimu said the ACB is better placed to respond to the issue.

“This is a case that’s being handled by ACB, please liaise with them,” reads Itimu’s response to an e-mailed questionnaire sent to her on Wednesday.

ACB officials were unavailable for comment on Sunday.

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