The High Court in Lilongwe on Monday revoked bail an ordered re-arrest Cashgate suspect Chikondi Chimutu after he failed to show up for court trial without giving reasons.
Presiding judge Charles Mkandawire ordered Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director Reyneck Matemba, prosecuting, to hunt for Chimutu so that he could be dragged to court.
“Look for him, find him and have him arrested because no reasons have been given for his abscence,” said Mkandawire.
The judge said the re-arrest of Chimutu will serve as a lesson to peope who choose to stay away from courts for not reason.
Chimutu, who is representing himself, is charged alongside 14 civil servants after the third accused.
In the case, Cornelius Kaphamtengo and 13 others are being accused of stealing and sharing among themselves K201 million ($358 929) in 2011 from the then Ministry of Elderly and Disability Affairs through the Accountant General’s Office.court
The charges against the 14 suspects range from theft, money laundering, abuse of office and conspiracy to committing a felony.
The alleged looting of public funds took place between November 1 2010 and June 30 2011 and centred around Ministry of Elderly and Disability Affairs through the Accountant General’s office.