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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has this morning failed to start interviewing Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as the former Malawi President is said to be unwell.

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ACB Director Martha Chizuma confirmed with MBC that Mutharika, aged 81, was not available for questioning as the Bureau has received communication from the former leader’s lawyers that he was sick.

The graft-busting body was supposed to start interviewing him virtually over an investigation into abuse of his duty free status.

The matter relates to his aides unauthorized use of TPIN in the importation of 800 000 bags of cement worth K5billion from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

ACB also the interview will be broader than the cement importation saga, including importation of property valued in billions of kwacha during his tenure as President.

Initially, ACB was scheduled to virtually interview Mutharika last week Tuesday but it was postponed to yesterday.

The former President yesterday released a statement saying he considers the investigation a witchhunt.

In the statement, Mutharika, who is also leader of  of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said it was “extremely strange” for the Bureau which has accusatorial and investigative powers to seek interview him without disclosing the nature of offences he was accused of.

Meanwhile, Malawi Law Society (MLS) honorary secretary Chrispin Ngunde has told a local newspaper that under Section 11 (1)(d) of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA), ACB has powers to require any person to provide any information, or to answer any question, in connection with an inquiry or investigation under the CPA.- Reported By Austin Kakande, MBC Online Services

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