Malawi’s graft body freezes bank accounts of Mutharika alongside wife, security aide Chisale, Roza Mbirizi
MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s graft bursting body, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has frozen bank accounts belonging to the former President Peter Mutharika, his wife, Gertrude Mutharika, his top his security aide, who is currently on police remand, Norman Chisale, and the former Deputy Commissioner of the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Roza Mbirizi in connection with the importation of 1, 200 bags of cement which were allegedly brought into the country by Chisale using APM’s Tax Payment Identification Number (TPIN).
According to a well placed source at ACB, the freezing of one bank account held by Mutharika individually and a joint account by him and his wife at New Building Society (NBS) and three accounts for Mbirizi at Standard Bank, comes after the bureau recently noticed that huge amounts of money were being withdrawn from them.
Though he did not divulge more information, ACB Director General, Reyneck Matemba called the freezing of the bank accounts as a normal operational matter of the bureau.
Apparently, ACB has been investigating Chisale, the former Chief of State Residence, Peter Mukhitho, and a Malawian business mogul of Asian origin, Ahamad Chunara, in connection with the importation of cement from Zambia and Zimbabwe worth over K5 billion in the name of APM.
Recently the Malawi Police Service (MPS) interrogated APM at Chikoko Bay Lodge in Mangochi, where he is currently residing to understand what he knows about the saga.