The Malawi Police on Monday, moved the International Police-Interpol to immediately arrest and bring to Malawi former President Joyce Banda, on her alleged involvement in systematic theft of public resources, popularly known as cashgate.
And the arrest warrant has ignited debate in some circles, with others expressing surprise as to why the warrant was issued by the Police yet in other cashgate cases it was the ACB which issued the warrants.
In an interview with MBC, Ndala said the Police issued the warrant since it holds most of the information to the investigations on the matter.
Said Ndala: “They are a law enforcement agency, and they are mandated to investigate fraud cases and if they are issuing warrant of arrest it means that they have finished. We complement each other. Even in investigations into some of the cashgate cases, after noting that the police was handling some of the matters, we just supplement them with the information we had and let them continue,” said Ndala.
According to the statement by Malawi Police signed by its spokesperson James Kadadzera, the warrant follows people’s questions on what the police are doing on the suspected involvement of Joyce Banda in Cashgate.
The statement adds that evidence gathered by the police raises reasonable suspicion that the former President committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering.
Reports have been rife that Banda, who is also founder and president for the Peoples Party (PP) was among the beneficiaries of the Cashgate scandal which saw government losing up to US$32 million through fraud and money laundering.
Former Assistant Director of Tourism Leonard Kalonga, a convict in cashgate, made the startling revelation when he pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to defraud government, facilitating money laundering and offence of money laundering.
He made the plea in the High Court of Malawi sitting in the Capital Lilongwe, before Judge Fiona Mwale convicted him.
Besides implicating former President (Joyce Banda), Kalonga also implicated former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, a Treasury official whose shooting led to the unravelling of Cashgate scandal.
That was not the only time that the former President was named as being involved in Cashgate.
Oswald Lutepo, another cashgate convict also once told the court that he took the cash to State House.