Court orders State to file fresh charge sheet for Mchacha, Vuwa, Muhara and Kumwembe

The Lilongwe Principal Resident Magestrate Viva Nyimba has nullified bail conditions for former cabinet ministers Simon Vuwa Kaunda, Charles Mchacha, former Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara and former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Bright Kumwembe, noting that it is wrong start hearing the case without written approval from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Vuwa Kaunda: Suspect

Nyimba withdrew the bail conditions for the accused because more than 14 days have passed without the consent from DPP.

He agreed with defence that currently there is no DPP as such the case could not proceed without the consent from DPP, Steve Kayuni, who is yet to be confirmed by the Public Appointment Committee of Parliament.

Nyimba has also said the case cannot be committed to the High Court and ordered the state to file new charge sheet for offense under Penal Code, including those bordering on use of insulting words and neglect of public office.

The case has been adjourned to 2nd February 2021 and it is expected that the ACB will amend the charge sheet for the four accused.

Reacting to the ruling ACB lawyer Victor Chiwala expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling.

“We did not agree with court that we scrap the charges because some of the accused are answering cases that do not require DPP’s consent”, he said.

The suspects were arrested in December 2020 in connection to illegal sale land in Kanjedza Forest in Blantyre and were released on conditional bail by Nyimba.

Mchacha faced four charges; inducing public officers to corruptly use the office, use of insulting words against a journalist who was investigating the matter, among others.

Kumwembe was charged with neglect of duty and giving false information in relation to the illegal purchase of the land in question.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
20 days ago

Neglect of public office, use of insulting words ( Mchacha), neglect of public office ( Kaunda), neglect of public office (Muhara). Neglect of public office by almost all government employees constitute 99% of the cause of Malawi’s poverty. Of this, 50% could be through abuse of office by authorizing officers.

Last edited 20 days ago by Mwini muzi
Mpakateni
20 days ago

Mukulimbana ndi anthu akuMulanje. Akuyendani pansi, mapeto ake mudzaalipira ndalama za nkhani nkhani zopanda pake. Mulanje ndi Ntchisi yomwetu.

Emmanuel Mukondia
Emmanuel Mukondia
20 days ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Ngati anthu akumulanje amaononga zinthu lero mtsalire mwano wanu uja nchito mmangopatsana pachibale, wopanda chikalidwe mtsalire dikirani mbweze zonse mmaba zija

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Reply to  Mpakateni

Inuso ndinu woputsa, Vuwa Kaunda ndiwaku Mulanje??? Kodi Alhomwe umbuli mbwanji? Simutha kusiyanitsa zinthu bwanji? Mkayerekedwa pano muona polekera , m’matenga dziko lino ngati lanu lokha alomwe.

Malitoni
Malitoni
18 days ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Anthu aku Mulanje a Vuwa Kaunda wo? Osangokhala chete bwanji? Mxii……

Ingwenyama
Ingwenyama
20 days ago

The state shall always be incompetent because civil servants don’t take their work seriously, they are inte3in pocketing allowances.

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