LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) —Two human rights groups, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep), have called upon Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to start investigations on allegations implicating Malawi’s former President Dr. Joyce Banda in the infamous cashgate scandal.
In a statement which CHRR’S boss Mr Timonthy Mtambo and Mr Gift Trapence of Cedep have signed, the two activists say, the state shouldn’t be afraid to investigate, and where necessary prosecute, the former head of state merely for fear of being labelled as embarking on political witch-hunt against the former head of state or the Peoples Party.
“Despite claiming she called for investigations into reports of corruption in her PP administration, reports linking her to enjoying unexplained wealth keep growing,” reads a statement bu Mtambo and Trapence.
“It is therefore premised on the above that we at CHRR and Cedep implore the state to urgently institute investigations into the recent claims made before the court implicating former President Joyce Banda’s in cashgate. We feel these claims shouldn’t just be taken lightly considering the fact that Malawians are waiting with bated breath to see justice being not only seen to be done but also manifestly done on the infamous cash gate.”
In the statement, the two Mtambo and Trapence said as long as there is credible evidence, the state is obliged to act and ensure that justice is done and seen in the general interest of Malawians.
“After all, no one is above the law, and the notion that political power can be a safe haven for impunity would create dangerous double standard and set a bad precedence. It’s important that we all, irrespective of political, social or religious divide, directly participate in the fight against impunity for “the crime of cashgate” so that those responsible for –whoever they are and wherever they are – can be held accountable for this “crime” that gravely offend human dignity and human rights.
In the same breath, we call upon the former President Joyce Banda, as a matter of moral principle, to come back home and clear herself in this cashgate saga.”
The CSOs have also asked ACB to finalise K92 billion plunder under the DPP era.