Police interrogate Mutharika over 'Cement Saga'

Peter Mutharika

Malawi Fiscal Police on Wednesday questioned former president of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on his role in the duty free importation of cement worth K5 billion when he was in power.

According to reports from, Head of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bob Mtekama led officers who interrogated Mutharika at his residential home, Namiyasi in Mangochi.

In the cement scandal, Mutharika’s Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) was used in importation of bags of cement.

Mutharika is denying the allegations that he was involved in the cement saga, saying some people were doing that without his knowledge.

There are no details on the questioning but two of his close aides Norman Chisale, Mutharika’s ex-bodyguard and former director of state residences, Peter Mukhito have been arrested and questioned on the matter.

According to documents, Mukhito on several occasions asked Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to provide clearance for the free duty cement. The document also show that the cement was imported by Mahmed Chunara, owner of Prestige Import and Export.

Mukhito, Chunara and Chisale have already been charged with fraud and money laundering over the scandal and are on bail.