In Lilongwe and Blantyre the exposure of the Zuenth Sattar case is evolving out of the hands of the President. President Lazarus Chakwera has been forced to do something. Especially, since he spoke so vividly in opposition and during campaigns. However, this is just temporary measures for now. Nevertheless, if the Vice-President and his party wasn’t informed or knew about the measure. Surely things will get hostile in the coalition between the major parties of this alliance.
The President is speaking big words and going after some big-men. That is needed, the same with the investigation into the report. Because, the court case in the United Kingdom exposed it all. That showed that it was more to it. There was a need to look into Sattar and his connections in Malawi. The man who able to wheeler-deal in any administration and get ahead of the competition. He was getting favourable deals and agreements, which is spoken about today.
This is the State Capture case of Malawi. This is the Gupta(s) of Lilongwe. That is the gist of things and Chakwera is only trying to forge the narrative now and buy time. No one should be shocked by that. Nobody expected that he would target the VP and others like this. It is practically destroying the trust and the alliance of which he reigns the republic. That’s taking a stand, but will it bear fruits?
Just read here!
“President Lazarus Chakwera says the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has forbidden the publication of the list of of those who allegedly received bribes from businessperson Zuneth Sattar. He says apart from the Vice-President whose name was already mentioned before, no member of his Cabinet is mentioned in list. According to the President, there are 84 people named in the report. In relation to the corruption report by the Anti-Corruption Bureau involving businessperson Zuneth Sattar, President Lazarus Chakwera has suspended the chief of staff at State residences Prince Kapondamgaga. Chakwera has also fired the Inspector General of Police George Kainja. On the Vice-President Saulos Chilima, the President says he will withhold any delegatory duties to his office until he is cleared on the allegations” (The Nation Malawi, 21.06.2022).
“President Lazarus Chakwera says the report has exposed inflating of prices of goods sold to government. Chakwera has instructed the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the report submitted by ACB. President Lazarus Chakwera says the ACB has submitted an investigation report on Zuneth Sattar. He says over the past five years Malawi has paid about $150 million to companies belonging to Sattar” (Times 360 Malawi, 21.06.2022).
When reading these small fragments from the news cycle. You know that the gig is up. However, nothing has been done in the courts and no pending cases of yet. The suspensions and such isn’t directly reforming in the system. Neither is anyone implicated or indicted, neither is there charges brought into play. So, for now… this is big-talk and big risks of the President. As he risks his whole alliance and partner in the VP. This could be the nail in the coffin for the Tonse Alliance.
Well, the state capture has put the VP into the storm. Nevertheless, the rest of the state and government has also gotten into that. That’s why ministers risked their titles over perks and “free” kickbacks at one point. Now, these things are up in the open and the ACB report proves that. The further investigations will prove how deep and who else was a part of this. That is only for the time being.
What we do know… is that the invisible hand of Sattar had the hand in the cookie jar. He was eating good and high ranking officials was getting greased. That is obvious. Now we just have to wonder, if this will be a play of publicity stunts or legit changes. Because, the preacher knows how to talk the talk, but to walk the walk is a whole other beast. Peace.