The Directorate of Public Prosecutions insists it’s still pursuing a fraud case involving former Malawi Revenue Authority – MRA Deputy Commissioner General, Roza Mbilizi.
Mbilizi, was arrested last July for her alleged involvement in fraudulent dealings including facilitating duty-free clearance for thousands of cement bags worth billions of Kwacha in former President Peter Mutharika’s name.
She was also accused of selling institutional houses without following proper procedures.
Since her release on bail a few days after her arrest, the once untouchable MRA deputy chief’s case has grown cold prompting fears that she may never be prosecuted, apparently due to unconfirmed political connections.
But responding to a Capital FM enquiry, Directorate of Public Prosecutions – DPP spokesperson Pilirani Masanjala attributes the delay to unforeseen circumstances including the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The file is still being analyzed, it has not yet been taken to court, for them to start processes for them to have to take plea and the state to have to bring witnesses, so that where we stand at the moment,”Masanjala said.
He went on to say that the file is complex as it involves several individuals hence the need for coordinated efforts.
“We are also dealing with others institutions like MRA (Malawi Revenue Authorty), FIA (Financial Intelligence Authority) and we would have to look at coordinating since we wait on the investigations done by the police and things like those, so it’s an issue of analyzing and also coordinating together with other law enforcement institutions,” Masanjala explained.
Efforts to talk to Mbilizi’s lawyers proved futile.