The Anti-Corruption Bureau [ACB] says as part of the on-going investigation process into the allegations of abuse of the former President Professor Peter Mutharika’s Taxpayer Identification Number [TPIN], it will interview him virtually from Tuesday, 20th July, 2021.
The Bureau says this is a normal and legal process which started in 2020 with hopes that this will put the record straight on the various stories circulating in the social media surrounding this matter.
In a statement signed by the Bureaus’ Principal Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, the interview will be conducted while observing Covid-19 pandemic prevention guidelines.
The questioning of APM by the ACB is coming few weeks after a press conference he conducted in Mangochi some weeks ago where he blasted the current Tonse Alliance Government under the leadership of President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera of lacking direction and cluelessness citing skyrocketing of commodity prices, impounding of Kabaza motorcycles by police, corruption, bribery and looting of public resources in Government saying Malawians have seen that DPP was better than the Tonse Government.
Professor Mutharika during the press conference accepted that there was looting of public of public resources by some senior members of Government of the DPP but was quick to point out that corruption and bribery has worsen in the Tonse Alliance Government three times more than during the reign of the DPP describing President Dr. Chakwera as the King of thieves.
Meanwhile, a legal expert writing on his face book page, Gilbert Khonyongwa, has defended the ACB decision to question former President Professor Peter Mutharika over the way the Taxpayers Identification Number [TPIN] was used in the importation of cement saga saying the process is legal and mandatory in-line with the on-going investigation by the Bureau.
It is alleged that Professor Peter Mutharika’s Taxpayers Identification Number [TPIN] during his rule as president of Malawi, was used by some of his advisors including his personal bodyguard, Norman Paulosi Chisale and business people to procure cement worth over MK5 Billion into the country.