APM speaks on Joyce Banda’s arrest warrant

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President Peter Mutharika has distanced his office from the recent issuance of arrest warrant against former president Joyce Banda on allegations that she was involved in the wanton plunder of public money at Capital Hill, popularly know as cashgate.

APM: I do not enforce the law APM: I do not enforce the law

Last week, the Malawi Police Service issued the arrest warrant against Banda-who is still in self-imposed exile, saying their investigations have established the Peoples Party leaders possible involvement in the theft.

And responding to a question from a Lilongwe based Malawian, Steven Kampolola on why the warrant emanated from Police and not Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB), during MBC TV’s Talk to the President program, Mutharika said Malawians should understand that State Presidents do not enforce the law.

Said Mutharika: “Let me begin by telling all Malawians, be it the civil society of politicians that a State President has nothing to do with anybody’s arrest. I do not enforce the law. That is a constitutional responsibility of the enforcement agencies. Issues of theft are handled by the police and the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions). So I understand they (Police and DPP) have been investigating the matter for the past three years and have unearthed evidence hence their move to have her (Joyce Banda) answer some questions.”

On why the warrant emanated from the police not the ACB? Mutharika had this to say:

“The police handle theft issues, while corruption is for the ACB and I understand the ACB is still investigating the corruption side of the case- and it is through such investigations where they will determine on whether or not to place charges.

“Still, let Malawians understand-once and for all- that it is not my job to arrest people. Arresting people and throwing them into the lake at the pleasure of the president ended with MCP in 1994. We are now in democracy, presidents do not arrest suspected law breakers.”

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