IT guru Chiwoni bail bid rejected:  Malawi High Court theft

Senior Blantyre Resident Magistrate Court on Friday denied bail to Kumbukani Chiwoni, who was arrested on Friday after being suspected of playing a hand into the theft of 15 court hard disk drive from computers.

Chiwoni:  Bail refused

Chiwoni: Bail refused

Chiwoni, aged 29, is the IT Manager for the Malawi High Court, according to Blantyre Police.

The items, including CPUs, hardware mother boards, memory chips, heat sinks and hard drives, are suspected to have been stolen  when the High court premises where sealed following the protracted industrial strike judiciary support staff stage to press for salary increment.

Presiding senior resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba told the jam packed court that it will not work within the interest of justice if the court grant bail to Chiwoni.

Nyimba immediately  ordered the Malawi Police Officers to go and conduct thorough search in the house of Chiwoni and that the Police should report the same to the court within the same day.

He then acquitted the security guards who were arrested alongside Chiwoni, saying the guards cannot have the technical expertise to open the computers and know the hard drives.

The court later reconvened at night where the  police reported that they had found only connector cables in the house of Chiwoni house the police said it was not known whether the cables belongs to the High Court Computers.

During the same court night session, Nyimba repeated that giving bail to Chiwoni will jeopardize investigations.

Nyimba then ordered the Malawi Police to conduct further investigation and that they should report back on Monday.

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zebron henry banda

The unfortunate scenario here is that no evidence no case to answer.all those cases on the hard drives will mean no cases at all.the guy might sue for wrongful arrest.shambles

kwangwala kuntiya

Muzamulipira Goto aboma pa zimnezi.


Honestly a whole IT manager cannot steal such Items


An IT manager doesn’t need to steal hard drives and motherboards to destroy/steal information. There are other motives behind this.

Kampupu Baloyi Jnr.

To me it doesn’t make sense. Something is terribly wrong here. An IT Manager cannot steal hard drives, motherboards and memory chips. What clever IT dudes do is to exchange what they want from computers with scrap and old useless items. The game plan is that computers are seen to be there with all hard drives but they are tampered with. I will have problems to believe Mr Chiwoni was involved. It should be a chain of other people in the courts who connived.


Is it the computers or something sensitive that was stored in the gadgets, otherwise the case should be answered by watchmen. Release the guy unless you tell us otherwise.


A murder or treason suspect is given bail nde ikalephereke ya a simple case like this one?


He can’t do that please…..

mwana mulopwana

This Chiwoni is just a victim of circumstance but from my look of things , he is very free, if he wanted to delete anything from these computers he could have done so without even going into the office where the computers are located,

Please set the guy free for he is innocent, that is the work of layman who does not understand IT


Let the court do the work and I hope the truth shall be known.

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