7 to testify against Itaye, others in fraud case: ‘Not guilty’ plea  entered

State prosecutors have said they will parade seven witnesses to testify against former Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general Godfrey Itaye and two others are being accused of abuse of office.

Itaye: Pleads not guilty
MACRA’s director of finance, Ben Chitsonga: Pleads not guilty

Itaye and his two co-accused Macra director of finance Ben Chitsonga and procurement specialist Joseph Ngalawa on Monday entered a plea of “not guilty”  when they appeared before acting chief resident magistrate Godfrey Balaka in Blantyre.

The trio is accused of authorising payment of about K8 million for the printing of party cloths for former governing party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

They are also accused of making a payment of about K135 million for the institution’s calendars.

After taking their plea of  not guilty, senior assistant Chief State Advocate Dzikondianthu Malunda asked the court to impose bail conditions on the three that should include having their passports surrendered.

Malunda said the State is ready to proceed with the case and will parade seven witnesses.

“The case came for hearing today, specifically for plea taking and the accused persons have all denied the charges.

“What will happen I that at the next hearing, the State will bring witnesses. We have  seven in total. The State will start parading these witnesses to prove a case against the accused persons,” said Malunda.

However, defence lawyer Clement Mwala  was not available for comment.

The court has since adjourned to March 5 as the date the trial will start and for ruling on imposing bail conditions.

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Moya
Moya
5 months ago

We all know itaye has lots of cases to answer, corrupt and boot licker of nyekhwe king. Financial Machinery behind the DPP rigging strategy. Let’s fix our history and send him to jail.

Coaster
Coaster
5 months ago

Kulibe zimenezo kaya ndizochepa kaya ndizambiri wakuba basi

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
5 months ago

Let them go, ndalama yachepa iyi to prosecute. The government will spend much more than that K143 million in concluding this case like they did with Bakili. Its an injustice to the greater good of millioons of Malawians to spend mire than K500 million to prosecute K143 million. This is the sad truth because of the incompetence of our rotten judiciary system. How can we trust the courts that nullified the presidential election and failed to cancel the parliamentary and local government elections. You cannot say that the cooked meat has poison but its soup is ok.

Mozie Jimmy a.k.a expert wa apumbwa
Mozie Jimmy a.k.a expert wa apumbwa
5 months ago

Let them go indeed. Aliyese akwantele.
They must spend those resources on covid fund MK 6 uncounted for billion

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
5 months ago

Stupid thinking. Don’t you know that by doing so will give the current and the government’s to come a guarantee to misuse the government funds. Are you telling us that all who might be swindling money or use government money to fund MCP or UTM should be left free. Then why are we demanding accountability from Dodma.

Member
Member
5 months ago

Mr konrad bukle should also be brought to book because he also solicited $500,000 from a i.t syatem purchase/upgrade from IT center or an IT center affiliated company. Nayesno akayankhe kuti ndalama izi analandira chifukwa cho hongedwa kuti macra igule ku companyo.

Jah
Jah
5 months ago

Chitsonga uyu ndi uja anali mphuzitsi pa CZSS??

Che Pichesi
Che Pichesi
5 months ago

Straight forward case. If it happened then it happened. Itsi thafu bwana

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