Former President of the Republic of Malawi Bakili Muluzi has been sponsoring a group of armed bandits that have been car jacking motor vehicles in South Africa and later sold them to Muluzi and his family in Malawi, Malawi Digest can reveal.
Malawi Digest has overwhelming evidence that some of Muluzi’s vehicles that he has been using between 2004 and now were actually stolen and the former Malawi leader bought them clandestinely.
We have a list of Muluzi’s personal motor vehicles that Malawi Police authorities and the International Police (Interpol) are investigating to have been possibly illegally bought.
Some of those vehicles under investigations include two Benz saloon vehicles, a hammer, a Lexus and three Toyota vehicles.
Malawi Digest Police sources have disclosed that investigations are at an advanced stage linking former President Muluzi to this ring of motor vehicle thefts.
One of the vehicles under investigations is a Hammer that Muluzi brought into Malawi in 2008 for his personal use for the 2009 Presidential and Parliamentary Election campaign.
Only a week after the vehicle was stolen at gun-point in South Africa, the vehicle was swiftly moved into Malawi by Bakili Muluzi through his agents involved in this ring of thefts.
Malawi Digest has learnt that, the Hammer, black in colour first arrived in Malawi on 29th March, 2008 at around 3.00 pm through Dedza Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) border post.
The driver of the vehicle and his colleague demanded from customs officials to allow the vehicle temporary entry into Malawi.
The officials at the post are reported to have refused to do so saying they could not do so because the vehicle showed the importer was Bakili Muluzi and that temporary entry permits are only given to foreigners who want to use their vehicles in Malawi for a short period and then get them out.
The man driving the vehicle is reported to have been furious about this and immediately contacted Muluzi by telephone explaining the situation.
Muluzi, the opposition UDF national chairman is reported to have then issued fresh instructions to ‘his boys’ to go back into Mozambique and re-appear again with the vehicle at another border post during which time, he would make sure that there is a listening customs border official.
True, the vehicle re-appeared again the following day morning, the 30th of March, 2008 at Mwanza MRA border post.
An MRA officer who was not expected on duty (name withheld) surprisingly reported for work and it was him who gave the ‘Muluzi boys’ a temporary entry for the vehicle to allow it proceed to Muluzi’s BCA Hill residence in the commercial city, Blantyre.
The MRA official gave the ‘Muluzi boys’ TIP MWA 1000048853 of 30th/03/08 and the document showed that it was to expire on 29th April, 2009.
Details of the stolen Bakili Muluzi imported vehicle were; Hammer, station wagon, model H3, black in colour, Registration WKK 50 GP, engine no M74393463, year of make 2007, chassis number ADMDNI3X 74393463.
At the day of entry in Malawi, the vehicle’s mileage was put at 213 140 and its value was put at R1, 000,000.00
Our sources have disclosed that the vehicle was driven into Malawi by Mr Enock Chibwana Bello who was travelling on a Malawi passport number Mw 122935 and gave his address in South Africa as 88 California Road, RSA.
The driver also had a South African identity whose details are 74 107 742 185.
He gave his address in Malawi as Post Office Box 212, Blantyre.
After being given temporary entry into Malawi, the vehicle was driven to Muluzi’s BCA Hill residence where he started using it instantly.
Though given temporary entry into Malawi, Muluzi started using the vehicle illegally when he put personalised numbers on the Hammer.
He was on several occasions seen at political rallies driven in this state of the art Hammer numbered ‘BM’.
One of the biggest events where Muluzi used this vehicle illegally was during the opposition UDF national convention in April, 2008 where he was endorsed at Presidential candidate for the 2009 general elections.
It is illegal under Malawi customs laws to give another person or sell a vehicle that is under temporary entry into Malawi.
So legally, Muluzi should not have had in his custody this vehicle but rather it should have been driven in Malawi by the driver, Mr Enock Chibwana Bello.
Former President Muluzi was approached by MRA officials about this illegal use of the vehicle but Muluzi is reported to have rendered a deaf ear.
It was in the course of these running battles between Muluzi and MRA officials that Interpol contacted their Malawian counterparts that they had just received information that a stolen South African vehicle fitting the descriptions of the Hammer driven by Muluzi had been traced into Malawi.
An official involved in the investigations of the stolen vehicle is reported to have betrayed his colleagues by tipping Bakili Muluzi on the impending raid on his residence over the vehicle.
Bakili Muluzi is reported to have swiftly moved out of Malawi the vehicle back to South Africa.
When Interpol visited Muluzi’s BCA Hill residence, they found the vehicle long gone.
Meanwhile, Malawi Digest has a list of people that have been supplying Muluzi with these stolen vehicles however we are not going to publish their names at this stage as we do not want to compromise Police investigations.
Former president Bakili Muluzi has a taste for fancy and beautiful vehicles but little did Malawians know that some of them were actually stolen elsewhere-Malawi Digest.