The Sattar Papers leaks are revealing, not only is ministers possibly implicated and also other big-men, appointees and ministry busy trying to hide the dirty laundry from plain-sight. However, what is striking is the deafening lack of noise. It is like it doesn’t matter from the Tonse Alliance and neither is the opposition DPP active. Everyone is silent and letting procedure follow through.
The President and Vice-President isn’t saying much, if anything. Neither is anyone for that matter in the cabinet. The former President and party affiliates isn’t coming out with statements either. It is like Sattar has imposed himself and captured the political elite, in such a manner. That the Malawian politicians and ruling elite cannot talk.
The most ironic thing here is that these men and fellow representatives is usually the most talkative of them all. They can talk for hours and hold long speeches. Nevertheless, on the Sattar Papers leaks… they are silent as a grave and even a falling coffin makes more noise.
Zuneth Sattar’s businesses must really be thriving and running smoothly. In Malawi he must be the king-pen and the man to be. He can afford to pay of the political elite and know they are loyal to him. No matter what promises or scandals, his businesses will have an advantage. If it is getting land, tenders or whatnot. He got a connect and a plug on speed-dial. They will hook him up and he will give them a kickback.
That’s why they are silent now. Not saying a word. They are just hoping people are forgetting and can soon look at the next scandal. So, that Sattar and all his businesses is forgotten all about.
The President and his cabinet feels the same. This is an added stress and not a relief. The man and the legend is bankrolling them and it’s a free dinner. They are getting food and perks while only giving the businessman favourable advantages in the Republic. This is a beneficial arrangement and just like the predecessors. It is their time to eat and Sattar has the plate prepared and ready for them. They just have to sit down and eat.
Sattar should be proud of himself. His able to create a State Capture. Where the people his compromising isn’t making a fuzz. Neither is the opposition or the crowds asking for resignations. There is no Commission or government agency properly investigating things. Because, if you follow the money and the transfers of funds. It will become bloody and the ones implicated will be above people’s pay-grade and possibly confidential. Therefore, Sattar is getting of the hook and be the crook.
Malawians should be shattered by this silence, the politicians are telling who is boss and it’s not them. It is Sattar and his clientele are them. They are serving each other and paying each other off. In secret arrangements, which ensure profits for both parties. The only ones losing out is the taxpayers and the competition of Sattar. They cannot compete, as his the plug for the government. Peace.
“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.