Critics question Mutharika's competence

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Critics are questioning former President Peter Mutharika’s competence following his admission that he was clueless about his operatives’ dealings.

Yesterday, Mutharika issued a statement absolving himself from a MK3.2 billion cement scandal by claiming total ignorance over the transaction.

In the scam, some State House officers connived with Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials and a local trader to import over one million bags of cement using Mutharika’s duty-free status between 2018 and 2019.

In the statement signed by his personal assistant Linda Salanjira, Mutharika stresses that he never bought nor instructed anyone to import such huge volumes of cement.

He further says he never requested the MRA to evoke his duty free privileges in clearing the consignment adding that he does not have a construction project requiring such substantial volumes of cement.

The fresh statement from the former president’s office contradicts what his former spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani told local media a few weeks ago that Mutharika was lawfully entitled to import goods for personal use duty free.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested and charged Mutharika’s personal bodyguard Norman Chisale, former MRA deputy boss Rosa Mbilizi, and Lilongwe-based businessman Shafee Chunara for their role in the scam.



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