Chisale challenges order to seize K1.7bn assets, wants ConCourt to hear matter

Former president Peter Mutharika’s top bodyguard, Norman Chisale, has filed at the  High Court a notice to challenge preservation order issued by Justice Mike Tembo last week allowing the State to seize property belonging to  him,  lawyer Chancy Gondwe has confirmed.

Chisale, a man who spent a good part of his last six years in a presidential palace, usually inches from the most powerful person in Malawi.

Included in the court order was an itemised list of assets belonging to Chisale and his close associates, including Chimwemwe Paulosi, Deborah Zimatha Chisale, Esnart Guga, Flony Guga, Jannet Fatch Kamanga, connected to the property at Title No. Blantyre Central 937 CBD, registered in her name and Christina Mvula.

The list of property includes 78 vehicles, most of them high-end, including Range Rovers, Land Cruisers, Mercedes Benzes, BMW X5s, Jeep Wranglers and a Hummer; at least two bank accounts registered in his name, containing 30-million kwacha ($38,500) and 87-million kwacha ($111,500) respectively; and 21 real properties including  houses in suburbs and commercial office complexes in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Dedza and Ntcheu and also Zimatha Executive Lodge in Mangochi. Also seized is Namauya Investments Depot in Ntcheu.

In his notice to challenge the order, Chisale indicates that the basis of his argument relate to the application and interpretation of the Constitution and wants the court to refer it to the Chief Justice for certification as a constitutional matter.

“The property preservation orders granted by this court without notice [ex-parte] in terms of Section 65 (2) of the Financial Crimes Act are tantamount to  an unconstitutional infringement of the right to fair hearing, the presumption of innocence [Section 42 (2) (i) (iii) of the Constitution] the right to property [Section 28 of the constitution] and the right to dignity [Section 19 of the Constitution],” reads in part the filed notice.

According to the notice, the evidence in the form of sworn statement  by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Director of Public Prosecutions through assets forfeiture unit, Financial Intelligence Unit and Malawi Police Service Fiscal and Fraud Department : did not meet the threshold test” to be applied at the preservation state under Section 65 (20 of the Financial Crimes Act 2017 “ to make the court reasonably believe that the property concerned constitutes proceeds of an offence.”

The notice also argues that the claimant, the State, is not a legal person at law capable of instituting civil proceedings while the Director of Public Prosecutions lacks  authority in civil proceedings  as his constitutional mandate is in criminal matters as enshrined under Section 99 (2) (a) of the Constitution.

Chisale, who is answering a number of criminal charges including abuse of office over his alleged role in the importation of cement using the President’s duty-free status, is accused by State agencies of acquiring billions worth of assets illegally.

In an interview with the Daily Times newspaper  last week, Chisale is quoted  having said that most of the vehicles on the of 86 affected by the preservation order were imported by Mutharika and were distributed to chiefs, religious leaders and the president’s relatives, among other beneficiaries.

On his  declaration forms  of assets, Chisale does not provide a clear source of his income outside his work at State Residences.

In the forms, Chisale declared a Mercedes Benz with personalised registration NPC1 (initials standing for Norman Paulos Chisale) as “a gift from my friend”. He also declared a Toyota Landcruiser VX as “a gift from my friend in Dubai” and a BMW X5 as a gift from a Mr. Kadango in Lilongwe.

The list also includes a Mercedes Benz registration NPC2 pegged at K8 million, a house in Kanjedza Township in Blantyre valued at K30 million which he said was a “a loan from Mr L. Fazeh”.

Chisale also declared to have sold a plot in Area 49, Lilongwe to former Cabinet minister Ben Phiri at K12 million.

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mtete
mtete
1 month ago

Govement legal machinery must work at a faster pace because we don’t want such cases to drag on and on.

Jemusi
Jemusi
1 month ago

What are these lawyers trying to defend here? Malawian lawyers are very corrupt. They just want to milk Chisale. It is common sense that a bodyguard with a normal salary cannot afford to buy even a Toyota Corolla. This case is very simple. Let Chisale produce evidence how he acquired all those assets. A bodyguard own 78 vehicles and all those houses. Chisale does not deserve any lawyer to defend him. The worst thief since independence

bentby
1 month ago

angomudyera ma lawyer, angomupusisa,

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
1 month ago

6.2 billion zilipati????

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
1 month ago

OChisale mungomulemeretsa Chancy Gondweyu.Inu nchito ya ughadi mpaka Zimatha Excutive Lodge? Isa ukatambatamba umayangana ku mmawa kungakuchere. Inu mumaganiza kuti kudakali mdima osadziwa ngakhale mdima utatani kumacha basi.

Thisisthegovernment
Thisisthegovernment
1 month ago

This is bizarre. A bodyguard. Mr bodyguard, everytime you meet the public, you get scared and you start to panic. A who got a gun, a who got a bomb, a who got a knife, a who’s gonna lose their life. Thug life, with a Bible in his hand. He built a church. I see, thieves pray to God too, to protect their loot.

Justice for all
Justice for all
1 month ago

What kind a job he did to get that 3 gifts from abale wakuba alibe manyazi uyu he must be ashamed to lie that way all that assets will never come from his salary

Benjones87
Benjones87
1 month ago

DPP enriched yo many crooks. All that assist when Malawi is recognised as the 5th poorest country in the world. 😀😀

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Anzathu ali ndi mwayi, mpakana gift ya Benz …?? Kaya adagwila ntchito yanji mpakana chiongola dzanja chonchi ?

Chisale
Chisale
1 month ago

That’s his legal team trying to milk him dry. You can fight that Chisale but your salary as a bodyguard without any loans coming in, you wouldn’t have achieved all that. Kicks of a dying horse.

Gwemula
Gwemula
1 month ago
Reply to  Chisale

Zachidule zumatha mwachidule

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