Opinion: The Sattar Leaks are damning for Chakwera’s reign

“Senior Resident Magistrate Wanangwa Nyirenda has given bail to social media activist Joshua Chisa Mbele. He was arrested for publishing defamatory words towards Malawi Defence Force Commander Vincent Nundwe. According to the charges, Chisa Mbele alleged that Nundwe benefitted K4 billion from various dealings with Zuneith Sattar. His lawyer, Gilbert Khonyongwa, says they are applying for a constitutional review of the charges” (Reported by Audrey Kapalamula – Time 360 Malawi, 14.01.2022).

That the wheeler-dealer and businessman Zuneith Sattar is entangling ministers and associates of the President in Malawi is very concerning, as it seems like he has made a possible State Capture case. In a similar fashion of the Gupta’s in South Africa during the reign of Zuma. Now, the Tonse Alliance and its ministers are under hard scrutiny, because of the alleged association and deals done with Sattar.

Sattar have clearly done his work and cut deals with various of ministers, as his money and influence has ensured him a gateway to profits in Malawi. There are promises of leaks and documents concerning corruption tomorrow. That will clearly implicate more people and it is possible all the way to the top.

The Attorney General and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will have the work cut for them, as the state and its high-ranking official will be implicated in shady backroom deals. Which are done by using their authority and influence as ministers etc. That shows that the Sattar can compromise and get his way by doling a few coins the representative’s way. He can cover some debts and some bills, while he gets supreme possibilities as a merchant and a businessman in the Republic.

We know already that Kezzie Msukwa is implicated and with the arrest of Mbele, something is up with Nundwe and we can wonder who else have been paid-in-full and paid-to-play by Sattar in the Tonse Alliance. Since these sorts of things doesn’t happen out of nowhere, but for a reason.

Either to get land, tenders or favourable agreements, which benefits the companies of Sattar, and the state officials get some kickbacks in return. Therefore, the whole deal become beneficial, and everyone involved earns a small fortune on it. That’s how these enterprises are moving and it’s evident by now.

The AG and ACB will not be to involve, as if it moves to further investigate and follow the money. They might go even further and possibly implicate the head of state, as he could also get some free-money and serve as a client for Sattar. Since everyone else and ministers has been implicated already. He had to know about it and the President would benefit financially, by participating. That’s why there been a document saying the President got millions of dollars for his services. We must see, if that is true or not.

However, the Sattar cases is not over, and the truth will leak out. The corruption scandal will only become worse. As the greed and the easy money can always implicate the ones who is hungry. Peace.

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