In a shocking turn of events, former Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe has been implicated in the alleged flouting of laws during the acquisition of bus depots by National Bus Services Limited. The revelations emerged during a high-profile court hearing at the High Court in Lilongwe, leaving the nation in disbelief.
The court proceedings took a dramatic twist as the cross-examination of the first defense witness, Leston Mulli, was adjourned until 1st and 2nd August 2023. Mulli, under intense questioning, made a startling admission that the ownership of the bus depots was granted verbally, with officials, including Gondwe, present during the discussions.
In a press statement, Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, the Attorney General representing the state, expressed confidence in their case, asserting that they have successfully demonstrated the illegality surrounding the entire bus depots acquisition. Nyirenda emphasized that one key aspect of their argument is Gondwe’s alleged verbal approval, devoid of any written documentation, which granted National Bus Services Limited ownership of the depots.
Further adding to the gravity of the situation, Nyirenda revealed that Mulli obtained the bus depots without adhering to proper procurement procedures, including fair competition through bidding processes. The absence of transparent practices has raised eyebrows and fueled speculation about the motives behind the acquisition.
In response to the allegations, John Kalampa, one of the defense lawyers, maintained that the entire process was carried out in accordance with the requirements set by the Privatisation Commission, asserting the legality of the deal. However, the mounting evidence presented by the prosecution has left many questioning the integrity of the acquisition and the role played by influential figures such as Gondwe.
As the court proceedings unfold, the nation eagerly awaits the outcome of this high-profile case that has the potential to expose significant irregularities in the acquisition of public assets. The implications of this scandal reverberate throughout the political landscape, casting doubt on the transparency and accountability of government officials.
The revelations surrounding the involvement of Goodall Gondwe, a prominent figure in Malawi’s political history, have sent shockwaves across the nation. The trial will continue to captivate public attention, shedding light on the alleged misconduct that took place during the bus depots acquisition and potentially unveiling a web of corruption within the highest echelons of power.