News reaching Malawi Voice are showing that former Information Minister Patricia Kaliati, former Local Government Minister Henry Mussa, Kondwani Nankhumwa and former State House Guard Commander Duncan Mwapasa have been arrested following a recently release of inquiry report surrounding president Bingu wa Mutharika’s death.
Currently, heavily armed forces have stormed Professor Peter Mutharika’s House in Area 43 in Lilongwe following a heated meeting Malawi President Joyce Banda had with her Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara last night which lasted about three hours.During the meeting, President Banda fumed at Kasambara on why he was delaying to have the young Mutharika arrested.
Joyce Banda wants to arrest Mutharika whom they want to accuse of staging a plot that was aimed at blocking her from ascending to the presidency after the sudden death of President Mutharika. The opposition DPP interim leader is currently enjoying massive support from across the country and he has been tipped to win the 2014 presidential race in three different opinion polls.
Kaliati, Mussa and Nankhumwa have been arrested as some of the members of the Mid Night 6 Crew. Kaliati’s arrest has landed barely few hours after she gave a thrilling interview on ZBC following the release of the report. Kaliati is at Kanengo Police while Mussa is at Southern Region Police Headquarters at Chichiri in Blantyre.
“Timafuna kulanda boma lake liti, popeza nthawi imeneyo panalibe amene analumbiritsidw a kuti akhale mtsogoleri koma inu muziopa mulungu. Ndimabodza amenewa ndichifukwa chake Mulungu akukulangani, chimanga thumba limodzi pano ndi K10,000 simunati Mulungu azikulanganibe.”
While the guard commander has been arrested after he contradicted President Joyce Banda’s public claims that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials looted the state house during the funeral.
Prior to Mutharika’s burial on April 23 2012, president Banda went into town claiming that DPP officials were looting, moving property, bags of dollars from the State House.
President Banda then warned that her administration would not allow some people to take away what belongs to Malawians.
And only last week, President Banda repeated the claims at a public rally in Chintheche, Nkhatabay, where she expressed her dismay at the DPP functionaries’ conduct
However, the inquiry report indicates that the Guard Commander, Duncan Mwapasa, testified that when the Bingu was flown to South Africa for medical attention he, as usual, issued instructions to State House police and security that they should secure and guard the State House premises, especially the President’s private residence, since both the President and First Lady were not around.
He told the Commission that he made sure that security at the State House premises was maintained.
Mwapasa further informed the Commission that as far as he was aware nothing belonging to the government left the premises by way of looting or theft.
He denied that there was looting at State House and submitted to the Commission that he had also just read about the issue in the papers.
When the report was released President Banda is said to have been caught in a fix following revelations that most of her ministers have been named in Bingu wa Mutharika’s inquiry.
When setting the inquiry, President Banda was only targeting Peter Mutharika and midnight six, but ironically the report also exposed her dearest cabinet ministers and top government officials, a development which put her in a fix.
The report implicates Minister of Economic Planning Goodall Gondwe, Foreign Affairs Minister Ephraim Mganda Chiume and Chief State Secretary Bright Msaka as some of the top officials who wanted the Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) to take over the country’s leadership following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.