President Mutharika step son, Tadikira Mafudza has been embroiled in illegal presidential jet deal with information revealing that he has pocketed $250,000 (about K175 million) to push for government to purchase the controversial jet.
Also implicated in the deal is Principal Secretary for the Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood and State House, Chimwemwe Chipungu.
Tadikila who adopted Mutharika’s surname and Chipungu are reportedly dealing with a South African business tycoon who owns jet and are reported to have held negotiations on Wednesday.
The two have also recruited another face, State House aide Martin Nkasala to help them ‘cleanse’ the being played under Mutharika and Malawi government’s nose.
Nkasala on the other hand is reportedly to have been dragged into the deal ignorantly of the bootleg deals.
The K175 million cash is said to have been pocketed by Chipungu, a Mr Mtilatila and a Mr Kandulu.
Information indicates that, a businessman Limumba Karim, who was also charged in Cashgate related offences, is the one who linked Tadikila to the jet tycoon.
To bring a State House face to the deal, Chipungu dragged in Nkasala and the First Lady’s on. Nkasala is reportedly fuming after realized that he was linked unsuspecting to the deal.
Chipungu, Nkasala and Mutharika’s step son went ahead to board the jet to test fly it to Mzuzu before the government as alleged could purchase it.
But before they left, there was drama when State House security detail wanted to prevent President’s step son from boarding the unknown jet.
Intelligence boys at the airport informed spy chief Nicholas Dausi of the development and later Dausi called the President to find out if he knew who was with his son.
According to KIA officials, Chipungu wanted to involved the name of former presidential special aide Ben Phiri among those that were to see the jet on behalf of government but investigations have found that by then Phiri had just arrived from South Africa and was not even aware of this illegal move being propelled Chipungu.
Police sources said they formally questioned Chipungu but cops are coy to act, waiting directives from powers that be.