The Peoples Party (PP) has expressed concern over the delay in concluding the corruption case involving former president Bakili Muluzi.
PP’s spokesperson Kenneth Msonda said the delay to conclude the case is hugely costing the public.
Msonda said Muluzi’s case has taken nine years now in that there is need to find ways and means of clearing it to save resources.
“The case involving the former president of State Dr Bakili Muluzi has dragged so long it has taken more than nine years now, it is depleting resources that could have been put to better use like buying drugs,
purchasing the much needed maize and paying teachers salaries,” said Msonda.
“The more this case drags the more the tax-payers’ money is wasted, so the case needs to be concluded as soon as possible,” he added.
Recently, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) prosecutors pulled out of the K1.7 billion corruption charges against Muluzi and his co-accused, Lyness Violet Whiskey.
ACB prosecutors deputy director Reyneck Matemba and his colleague State lawyer Chrispin Khunga quit the case, apparently due to personal reasons.
The case dates back to 2006 and has failed to reach conclusion due to numerous adjournments mainly attributed to the Muluzi’s ill health.
Trial for the case resumed on April 11th, 2016 and over K100 million was deducted from the K1.7 billion which Muluzi and Whiskey- his former personal assistant- were accused to have fraudulently acquired.
Whiskey is said to have been handling Muluzi’s bank transactions such as deposits when he was in power.
Government initially claimed Muluzi, who was first arrested in 2006 and again in 2009, diverted donor money into his personal account. The money was allegedly from countries like China, Libya, Morocco and others.
But the former president has always denied wrong doing saying no foreign country would deposit donor money in a personal account. He claimed the case was trumped up for political reasons.
Muluzi served as the country’s second president from 1994 to 2004.