'Prosecutorial rate could affect political hopefuls'

Kabambe

Malawi's former Reserve Bank of Malawi governor Dalitso Kabambe, 48, has not hidden his political ambitions. He wants to stand in the 2025 election as Democratic Progressive Party President.

But a cloud of uncertainty hangs over such ambitions. 

Kabambe was first arrested in July 2021 for alleged abuse of office following a forensic audit report into fraudulent local and foreign payments made by Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) between January 1 2019 and June 30 2020.

Particulars of the case indicate that as RBM governor along with three other officers, he allegedly abused authority by paying K4.3 billion to FDH Bank plc without approval of the central bank’s board.

Dalitso Kabambe
Kabambe

The case against the former RBM governor Kabambe, began to stall from the outset as the state asked for 45 day to conclude its investigations.

That is not all, Kabambe has another court case hanging on his head alongside former minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha.

The two DPP presidency hopefuls, are accused of doctoring financial figures that were submitted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

This case too is moving at a snail's pace.

Mwanamvekha and Kabambe are but a few of those with political ambitions battling in the courts.

Unandi Banda
Banda: We are concerned

National Elections System Trust (NEST) has since expressed worry with the state of the prosecution rate saying it will have a detrimental effect on election process in 2025.

NEST's Unandi Banda, a one time presidential hopeful himself said credibility of presidential hopefuls is at stake with voters.

"The issues that are at the ACB are very sensitive and require immediate implementation and conclusion before 2025.

"We are concerned with election and with the currently tension in the country because of unfinished business at ACB we feel they will have a bearing on the voting process itself.

"Some people might be barred from taking part in the elections because of the status that they are or will not be fit to be leaders of this country.

"Because many suspects that are mentioned by ACB are keen stakeholders in the electoral process and would want to aspire for different positions in this country, through the elections."

He called on ACB to work fast so that most of the faces should be cleared and the courts declare people innocent or guilty.

Political and social commentator, Wonderful Mkhutche agreed with Banda.

"I totally agree with the sentiments and concern. In May 2025, we will need politicians who are clean - those not on the wrong side of the law.

"The rate of ACB's work directly means that some of these will not be able to contest the next elections."

Mkhutche also said that will do the country harm in the fight against corruption and promotion of democracy.