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Lazarus Chakwera visiting Former President Peter Mutharika at his home in Mangochi

Malawi’s President  Lazarus Chakwera, the man with the silver tongue was once again lying to Malawians when he claimed that he did not know why former President Peter Mutharika’s accounts were frozen by his minions.

Malawians are not fools, no cabinet person even with Malawi’s overzealous judicial can do anything to a former President without a nod from the current President, however Kadingus is running away from responsibility because he has never taken any.

According to reporting by Malawi.24, Kadingus made the remarks in an interview with a local television station yesterday Saturday May 1st. According to the same reporting,

The Malawi  president during the interview was asked to respond to former President Peter Mutharika’s claims that his administration is persecuting him by freezing personal accounts that are also used to process his pension and allowance payments.

In his usual response of taking no responsibility, Kadingus Chakwera said he does not even know the accounts which were frozen. He vehemently denied knowing what accounts and why they were frozen.

It is easy to prove that Lazarus is lying, Once Peter Mutharika made the accusation, any leader with a clue would have followed up with his justice department. The fact that this never happened proves he knew all along and this was done with his approval.

Continuing to lie to Malawians, however, he claimed Malawi is a country of laws and if there is evidence that laws were broken in freezing the accounts then the courts should ensure that the laws be followed and not aim at persecuting a certain person.

“Since the case is in court, the former President has all the rights to use necessary procedures to follow up on the issues,” said Chakwera.

according to the same reporting Kadingus  added that he (Lazarus Chakwera) is also subject to court rulings because Malawi is guided by laws and not what a certain person says.

Former President Mutharika’s accounts were frozen by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in August last year when the bureau started investigating Mutharika over the K5 billion cement scandal where the former Malawi leader’s taxpayer pin was used to import bags of cement duty free.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) froze two accounts; one that is solely owned by the former president and another, a joint account with his wife former First Lady Gertrude Mutharika.

Efforts by Mutharika’s lawyers to have his bank accounts unfrozen have proven unsuccessful. This needs to change because No one has accused the former President of any wrongdoing. Even former Presidents deserve some deference from their successors. As President Mutharika correctly stated current President will at some point become former Presidents.

Last month, former President Peter Mutharika correctly said the government was persecuting him by freezing his accounts.

“The aim is simply to create hardship on me. Even the account where my retirement package comes in, that account is closed. So, my retirement benefits cannot come in.  The idea is to make me totally incompetent financially to make me impossible to support the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party), and therefore to destroy the DPP and make a one-party dictatorship,” he said.

President Lazarus Kadingus Chakwera, stop lying to Malawians. Take responsibility.

Follow the motto of an American President who said when the decision is up before you — and on my desk I have a motto which says The Buck Stops Here’ — the decision has to be made.” In his farewell address to the American people given in January 1953, President Truman referred to this concept very specifically in asserting that, “The President–whoever he is–has .

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