The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is hunting for former ruling People’s Party interim leader Uladi Mussa, who has allegedly been implicated in a passport scandal, The Nation has learnt.
ACB obtained a warrant of summons for Mussa from Lilongwe Resident Magistrate’s Court under case number 176/2017 and is expected to answer two charges of neglect of official duties contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code and abuse of office contrary to Section 25b (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.
Mussa is alleged to have violated his ministerial powers as well as the Malawi Constitution when he allegedly granted Malawi citizenship to over 50 foreigners in 2013 when he was Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security.
The Nation source at ACB said the warrant of summons for Mussa was issued some days and the bureau was only waiting for Parliament to rise.
“Soon after we heard that the House had been adjourned, we tried to reach him so that we could serve him with the warrant of summon but we were unable,” he said.
The Nation could also not reach Mussa as his official numbers registered at Parliament could not be reached.
However, a visit to Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court established that ACB filed a case against Mussa under number 176/2017.
The ACB source said Mussa would not be taken into custody, but will directly go to the courts where he will be charged and thereafter start processing bail applications.
“What is going to happen to Mussa is not that he will be taken into custody. We will take him straight to court to answer his charges,” said the source.
ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala said she could only comment on an operation that has already been executed.
“It will be unethical to discuss an operation that has not been executed. I cannot comment on this issue,” she said.
Mussa’s warrant of summons follows the summoning of former chief immigration officer Hudson Mankhwala who appeared before the court on Wednesday where he was charged with neglect of official duties contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code and abuse of office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.