• October 6, 2022 8:57 pm

Chilima mum on Sattar fraud case implication

May 27, 2022

The case, currently in the UK’s Uxbridge Magistrate Court is on UK-based business mogul Zuneth Abdul Sattar who also has a Malawian passport

Staff Writer

Malawi Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has said he will not comment on the current Sattar court case in which he is mentioned as a beneficiary of corrupt dealings.

The case, currently in the UK’s Uxbridge Magistrate Court is on UK-based business mogul Zuneth Abdul Sattar who also has a Malawian passport.

The UK government’s National Crimes Agency is accusing Sattar of bribing his way through to get lucrative procurement deals for his companies.

Chilima is one of the country’s top public officials named in the court affidavit, as revealed on Thursday night by the Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ).

But speaking to reporters on Friday after touring Mbelwa District Council on his Reforms Tour to the North, the Vice President is quoted by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) that he will not interfere but instead, will let the processes on the issue run.

Meanwhile, some quarters have already called for his head over the allegations that he benefitted from acts of corruption that has largely left the country’s economy on its deathbed.

Youth and Society Executive Director Charles Kajoloweka has led the calls; urging all those implicated in the scam to immediately resign pending investigations.

Speaking earlier to Rainbow Television, the anti-corruption activist argued that anything less than resigning would soil the reputation of the current regime that rose to power on the premise of the rule of law.

He has since asked the country’s anti-corruption watch dog Anti-Corruption Bureau (ABC) to speed up investigations into the allegations as this was a matter of urgency.

“It is important that Malawians should not just be following what is being revealed in the UK but these issues should also be looked at local level and all those mentioned should be taken to task through our local laws,” said Kajoloweka.

It is alleged that Sattar splashed huge sums of money to some top government officials to influence procurement decisions in some government ministries and agencies.

Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday dismissed Sattar application to have his bail conditions eased so that he be allowed to travel to Malawi and Dubai.

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