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Arrest of aides, litmus test for Chakwera- Commentators

By Edger Ntulumbwa

 

Political commentators are appealing to President Lazarus Chakwera not to interfere in justice delivery over the arrest of his aides and political allies.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB on Monday arrested Chakwera’s aide Chris Chaima Banda, Energy Minister Newton Kambala and AFORD President Enoch Chihana, who is a partner to the Tonse Alliance.

They face fraud and abuse of office allegations over fuel procurements, a total departure to the Tonse Alliance agenda of clearing the rubble.

 

Kambala; Arrested over NOCMA scandal

Kambala, is suspected to have been using his position to influence a multi-million kwacha fuel procurement process at the National Oil Company of Malawi-NOCMA.

 

Last week, the police arrested another presidential aide Pastor Martin Thom for allegedly being involved in the smuggling of the loan authorisation bill to parliament.

 

A political science lecturer at Blantyre International University Sheriff Kaisi commends the ACB for taking a brave step in making such arrests. 

In an interview with Capital FM, Kaisi has however called for swift prosecution processes.

He adds that the issue should not only end at being taken to court, but there should also be conclusion of the case.

Another political science lecturer from the University of Malawi Ernest Thindwa says the arrest is a significant step and a very positive signal.

Thindwa believes that this is a good opportunity for president Chakwera to show commitment towards protecting the rule of law and not shield anyone.

Meanwhile, the police have indicated that they are still investigating the case involving Pastor Thom.

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