By Steve Gondwe
The world must be laughing at Malawi as we speak, all because of the amateur nature in which government is persecuting former President Dr Joyce Banda. The task which has been given to Malawi Police Service is all punctured with lack of detail and unprofessional step by step.
We all know that since Cashgate became a court issue cases have been handled by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in conjunction with Office of Auditor General and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Police are involved time and again but they have taken a back role as compared to other cases.
This time around it is the police who have thrown to the gossip mill a statement informing Malawians that a warrant of arrest has been given for JB.
Not one of the 72 Cashgate suspects has been arrested based on a warrant manufactured at Area 30. It is the ACB that has been mandated to do so over the past two years and these arrests are not floated into the public domain with sensationalism as is the case with the latest statement from Police Headquarters.
If and when Police say they have credible evidence what do they mean? Is this evidence only exclusive to them not ACB or Director of Public Prosecution? Why is ACB not the one giving the nation this information.
Malawians would also like to know where this warrant was obtained. Is it a Police or Court warrant?
This is why when her spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya had to be thrown from one office to another at Area 30 when he went to seek clarification on the same. Here was someone from JB’s office in person, why not give him the warrant by hand so that Police cuts on expenditure on time and resources? Where is the warrant good people?
Between Auditor General’s office, Anti Corruption Bureau, Director of Public Prosecution and Malawi Police, it is the law enforcement agency that seems easy to manipulate by politicians. This is why we are having a statement about a warrant of arrest yet no one is willing to bring out the real document out.
So when Police arrest her they will be the ones handing over files to Director of Public Prosecution and ACB? It will be very interesting to see how this is played after the mistakes already made.
Chanthunya says once the warrant is served to Dr Joyce Banda’s office then she will avail herself right there and then so that she proves her innocence in a court of law. Just make sure you have done your homework well.
All Malawians know that JB exposed and fought Cashgate in 2013 but after she left the battle has been halted because those in power continue to plunder public resources.