The rescheduled interview between Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigators and former president Peter Mutharika on the alleged abuse of his Tax Payer Identification Number (TPIN) when he was head of State failed to take place Wednesday.
It is the third time in a row for such a meeting to fail to take place.
The meeting was initially scheduled for July 20 but was moved to Tuesday and then Wednesday this week at the request of Mutharika’s lawyers, who wanted more time for preparations.
Both ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala and Mutharika’s lead lawyer Samuel Tembenu confirmed the development, further indicating that there was no new date set for the meeting.
Ndala had, earlier Wednesday, said Mutharika had told them that he was unwell and that he was being checked by his doctors.
“So, the interview has been postponed until we agree on a new date,” Ndala said.
On Tuesday, Mutharika described the interview as a political witch-hunt.
“Surprisingly, the ACB, who never questioned me in any way, froze my accounts citing use or misuse of my TPIN. You continued to have my accounts frozen for over 270 days until you could no longer renew the restriction notice that froze the accounts,” Mutharika claimed in a letter to the ACB.
Mutharika said he needed to know the offences he is facing first before he could be interviewed by bureau officials.
“In my view, all this is sustained political witch-hunt by a State institution. If a former head of State must be called to answer these questions, then fairness demands that every previous president and vice president now living be called to explain how their TPIN has been used,” the letter added.
Meanwhile, Tembenu has said Mutharika is not hiding anything but wants the ACB to come out straight with what they have against Mutharika.
“They should come out straight. They want him as to who? Suspect? Witness? They have to be clear. He is not hiding anything but he is a person with all the rights under the Constitution which have to be respected. This is the ACB which froze his accounts for almost 10 months without talking to him,” he said.