Convicted Magistrate Kadwa to be sentenced on Dec 19

Former Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate David Kadwa will be sentenced on Monday following his conviction of three counts of corruption and extortion.

He faces up to 14 years imprisonment and will be sentenced by Blantywre Chief resident magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa.

Kadwa was arrested by the official corruption busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) following a complaint by a businessman.

Kadwa: Convicted

He was arrested after he allegedly demanded a 500,000 Malawi Kwacha (about US$4,000) kickback from a refund of a bail bond an unnamed white businessman posted for the case the Chief Resident Magistrate was handling.

The businessman had posted 1 million Malawi Kwacha (about US$8,000) as bail bond but had to be refunded after being acquitted.

In his determination, Magistrate Usiwa Usiwa said the state had successfuly prosecuted Kadwa and found him quilty as charged.

“Facts presented in the court by the state against Kadwa were not in dispute according to submission made to the court. Kadwa himself admitted to the charges,”  he said.

This is not the first case of corruption in the Malawi judiciary.

President Bingu wa Mutharika has made ‘zero tolerance’ on corruption a top priority of his administration.

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