Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court on Monday granted bail to Ntcheu Third Grade Magistrate Stanford Majoni and other Judicial and Police Officers who are accused of theft by Public Servant contrary to Section 283(1) of the penal code and Conspiracy to Steal contrary to Section 404 of the penal code.
According to the State Prosecutor, Assistant Commissioner Levison Mangani, the accused persons are employed as magistrate, district court administrator, security guard, court clerk, accounts assistant and court marshals who by virtue of their employment had under their control and custody 84 bags of cannabis sativa commonly known as chamba as exhibit but were unable to produce the same or make a due account of the illegal drug.
In her ruling, Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa granted bail to the accused persons with conditions that the accused persons should report to Ntcheu Police once a week, they should produce one surety of K10, 000 non cash, they should pay K10, 000 cash, they should surrender travel documents and they should not leave Ntcheu district without clearance from the Police.
Through their defense counsel, the accused persons asked the court if the following proceedings could be heard in Ntcheu due to transport logistical issues but Chinangwa objected to the request and sounded a warning saying that, “This matter should be given priority; in four sittings we should be done.”
“ If you do not show up; you should give valid reason if not you will be arrested. If the lawyer does not show up, you should still be here,” said Chinangwa.
The accused persons are Stanford Majoni 37, from Chingondo village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mwambo, Zomba district. Andrew Phiri 53, from Kangawa Mhone village, TA Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba district. Patrick Thomas 31, from Liundi village, TA Nkula in Machinga district.
Stain Phiri 36, from Ngwale village, TA Ntchema in Chiradzulu district. Fatsani Chilambula 30, from Eneya village, TA Kwataine in Ntcheu district. Ricky Nachiye 46, from Kamchalo village, TA Chakhmbira in Ntcheu district. Patrick Tembenu 43, from Chagwidwa village, TA Changata in Thyolo district. Ernest Jamali 43, from Sabwera village, TA Makwangwala in Ntcheu district. Chifundo Chistulo 29, from Chikanda village, TA Chikowi in Zomba district and Amos Jobo age not known from Kunthembwe village, TA Kunthembwe in Blantyer district.
The matter has been adjourned to January, 18, 2016. –Mana