Muluzi K1.7bn case dropped

The Hight Court in Blantyre on Monday freed former president Bakili Muluzi from all the charges he was answering in relation to the alleged  abuse of public funds amount to K1.7 billion. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Masauko Chamkakala  issued a discontinuance notice on May 26 2023 . 

The case has been running since 2009 and has passed through five ACB Directors, Judges and DPPs.

Muluzi who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004 was facing charges of stealing millions of dollars given to the country by international donors, in a case that was aimed to stop him from  running for president again in 2009.

“We have re-arrested him and charged him with 87 counts on allegations of siphoning over $11 million of donor money into his private account. He will appear in court today,” then director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau Alex Nampota was quoted by Rueters News Agency then in February 2009.

Nampotas successor Renneck Matemba however suggested the matter should be dropped as it could not come to logical conclusion.

It is believed it was used by successive governments to keep Muluzi in check as he is a very popular politician.

The bureau had been investigating Muluzi on allegations of siphoning money from Taiwan, Morocco, Libya and other donors. He denies any wrongdoing.

Muluzi has always denied wrong doing.

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