Supporters of Malawi's former President
Bakili Muluzi have welcomed a court ruling that enables him to continue receiving medical treatment
The High Court ruling Wednesday threw out the Anti-Corruption Bureau's
(ACB) challenge to extending Muluzi's stay in the United Kingdom for medical
Muluzi is currently under investigation for allegedly stashing away
donor funds into his personal bank accounts. The ACB claimed it received
reports that the former president will not return to face the graft charges.
But his supporters dismissed the charges as politically motivated. Alex Nampota, director of the Malawi's ACB said that the
anti-graft body accepts the ruling.
do not have any problem with the ruling. We are content that we have made our
representation in court and the court has come out with its opinion, which is
perfectly normal," Nampota said.
said the ACB found it hard to challenge the ex-president's medical history.
is no way we could fight medical opinion. The medical opinion has to be
reconfirmed by another medical expert. All we were saying is that the case was sent
two days after it was served on us and we could not extend because Dr. Muluzi
needed to be admitted immediately," he said.
The ACB petitioned
the court not to allow Muluzi to extend his stay on suspicion that he was not
receiving any treatment in Britain.
said the anti-graft body wanted a fresh expert opinion on Muluzi's health
we wanted was to have an independent expert to look at it and see whether it
would be just to allow the extension for three months only on production of a
medical opinion from Dr. Muluzi's lawyers without necessarily looking at some
medical opinion. The court feels it is in order…," Nampota said.
said the anti-corruption body would abide by the court's ruling.
Bureau has accused Muluzi of diverting 11 million dollars from donors.
He was allowed to go to
Britain last month to undergo treatment for a prolapsed disc - a medical
condition affecting the spine. Muluzi claims the problem started when he was
campaigning for current President Bingu Wa Mutharika.
But the two fell out shortly
after Mutharika came to power.