Unbelievable! State Prosecutors in the Bakili Muluzi ‘K1.7 billion’ (about $2.5 million) corruption case have dubiously abandoned the case making Malawians to cast doubt as to their professionalism and as to the seriousness of the Peter Mutharika administration to fight corruption in the country. The former president was being accused of diverting donor money into his account but the president pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence.
On Thursday, the unexpected happened at the high court in Blantyre when Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director Reyneck Matemba who is the lead prosecutor and his colleague State lawyer Chrispin Khunga, without any compelling grounds told the judge Maclean Kamwambi of their decision to abandon the case.
The graft busting body in Malawi, the ACB, is controlled by the state and is used as a tool to persecute political opponents and no wonder state lawyers can wake up one day and announce that they have abandoned a case just like they have done today.
Upon the strange request from the prosecutors, Judge Kamwambe who described them (Prosecutors) as being ‘in total disarray’ granted them their wish signaling that the state has abandoned the case.
This development means victory for lawyer Chokotho representing Muluzi as he told the court to discharge his client as it would be senseless to proceed with the case when the state had abandoned it.