MDF refusing to release documents in Chilima corruption case on security matters

By Chisomo Phiri

The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) through the office of Attorney General (AG) on Tuesday submitted before Financial Crimes Court Judge Redson Kapindu that it cannot not release documents that defence lawyers in the corruption case involving Vice President Saulos Chilima are demanding because the documents contain information bordering on national security.

The court met in camera for almost three hours where both parties submitted their oral arguments in the presence of
AG Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda.


Speaking to journalists outside the court, one of the defence lawyers Bright Theu indicated that MDF are insisting that sharing the documents would put national security in jeopardy.

Theu however, refused to disclose details of the arguments the defence team advanced saying doing so would be preemptive of the discussion which was in camera.

Meanwhile,the court announced reserving its ruling on the matter and also directed both parties to file written submissions by Friday this week.

Chilima is being accused of receiving an unspecified bribe from businessperson and corruption suspect Zuneth Sattar to secure government contracts.

During his arrest in November 2022, Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) charged him with six counts and alleged he had received $280 000 as a bribe before amending the charge sheet.