A 1.7-billion-kwacha corruption case involving Malawi’s former President, Bakili Muluzi requires a political solution after court trials have yielded no positive results in the past fourteen years, Public Affairs Committee suggests.
The quasi-religious grouping argues the case has drained public resources and the best is finding a political lasting solution.
“This does not mean we are supporting people to be going scot free with corruption cases. But, look, we have drained a lot of public resources with this case and there is no progress made so far. We need a political solution,” justified PAC spokesperson, Bishop Gilford Matonga.
PAC’s proposal has angered Human Rights Defenders Coalition whose senior member, Billy Mayaya thinks this will set a bad precedent and dilute the country’s drive to uproot corruption.
Charged Mayaya: “What message is PAC sending? Does it realize the implications such a proposal has on the country’s fight against corruption? Why should we advance selective justice?”
Former Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Reyneck Matemba was the first to suggest that Muluzi’s aged corruption case required a political and not a legal solution.
In an interview, one of the ACB officials, Chrispine Mphande said they were waiting for a meeting with parliament’s legal affairs committee on the matter.
Muluzi was arrested in 2005 and accused of diverting a total of 1.7 billion kwacha in funds donated by Taiwan, Morocco and Libya, among others, into his personal account.
Previously, he argued his charges were linked to his dispute with his successor, late Bingu Wa Mutharika.
He stepped down as Malawi leader in 2004 after serving ten years.