Malawi Police Service (MPS) says it is still investigating former President Peter Mutharika’s involvement in the importation of cement from Zambia without paying duty.
About two weeks ago, the police interrogated Mutharika at his home in Mangochi following revelations that his personal aides, Norman Chisale and Peter Mukhitho, allegedly connived with some Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials to use Mutharika’s Tax payer identification number (TPIN) to import cement which was sold to some private traders.
National Police Publicist James Kadadzera said the law enforcers are still investigating the issue in line with the responses which Mutharika gave to the police when he was interrogated.
“The investigations are going on smoothly and we are making good progress. However, we cannot give out more details at this stage to avoid compromising some of the key issues in the matter. But Malawians should be assured that the Malawi Police is handling the matter professionally,” he said.
Kadadzera further dismissed fears that the death of Bob Mtekama, who was the lead investigator into the matter, might affect progress of cases.
Mtekama, who was head of Criminal Investigation Department, died last week, seven days after leading officers who interrogated Mutharika.
“He [Mtekama] was not the lone investigator into the matter. There are other officers who are handling the matter at the moment. We are making good progress and the general public will be updated through relevant channels,” he said.
Records show that Mutharika, using his privilege to import goods without paying tax, imported K5 billion worth of cement from Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Following the arrest of Chisale, Mutharika issued a statement denying involvement in the importation.
Apart from Chisale and Mukhitho, MRA Deputy Commissioner General Roza Mbilizi was also arrested for facilitating the importation of the cement.