Public Prosecutor says Patricia Kaliati should be arrested
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Bruno Kalemba, has given a fresh consent to Anti –Corruption Bureau to prosecute former outspoken Information Minister Patricia Kaliati on allegations that she abused her office to get 77 students from her constituency enrolled at various government secondary schools.
Kalemba said this means the ACB can now go ahead with the prosecution of Kaliati, who is also the director of Women Affairs for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
"We had to renew the consent and we have just done that," said Kalemba.
Kaliati is alleged to have abused her official and public position to influence the admission of 77 students to secondary schools within the Shire Highlands Education Division.
It was not immediately known when she would be taken to court to answer the charges.
Kaliati, an outspoken personality and a close ally of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, denied the allegations and refused to give details.
"After all, I don't have to respond to such allegations. I have been responding to these accusations for a long time and you have been hearing me respond, you are still alive today and you want me to repeat responding to the accusations. It would be childish for me to respond again, am sorry," she said.
Kaliati also faces several investigations, among others, while she was Minister of Information and Civic Education, she allegedly issued instructions to management of Macra to influence the awarding of a fixed phone license to Access Communications Ltd.
She also faces another investigation on suspected irregularity in the awarding of concession to run the lodge and facilities at Nyika and Vwaza to the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi.