Ex-Macra boss Itaye arrested over fraud

Malawi Police Service, Fiscal and Fraud Section, on Tuesday in Blantyre  arrested former director general of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), Godfrey Itaye over  fraud activities suspected to have occurred during the previous regime.

Itaye: Under arrest

Itaye, who is currently chief executive officer for Lilongwe Water Board  and based in the capital city, drove to Blantyre himself after being summoned by the Fiscal cops.

He was under arrested when he surrendered himself.

Police sources said they are interested to question him on the their investigations.

Nyasa Times has been consistently reporting that Itaye  was at the center of top level corruption including awarding dubious contracts to his own parents in laws and is also alleged to have pocketed $150 thousand dollars bribe from Agilis International, a firm contracted to upgrade the controversial CIRMS well known as ‘ spy’ machine.

The allegations  include the withdraw of K10 million, between January and June 2020, without supporting documents, that is purported to have been shared among the regulator’s managers.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  also questions a K750 million ($1 million) payment to a firm known as AGLIS. The machine allegedly did not need any upgrade.

“It is alleged that the machine is working properly and did not need any upgrade. However, management and AGLIS are suspected to have conspired so that AGLIS would indicate that there was need for an upgrade and were then paid $1 million.

“Subsequently, no upgrade was done and Macra was not repaid the money. It is alleged that the money was shared between some Macra staff members and AGLIS,” reads the HRDC letter in part.

On Friday , police also arrested Macra’s director of Finance Ben Chitsonga and Procurement specialist Joseph Ngalawa for allegedly buying former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cloth worth K100 million.

DPP used Macra as its main cash-cow institution.

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Gladys Jeke
Gladys Jeke
9 months ago

When is ACB and the Police arresting MBC’s chief cadet Aubrey Sumbuleta? Anali ndi ma kampani ake achinyengo kumakagula ma galimoto ku Japan a Be Fowrad mmalo mwa MBC. Akabwera, amakawapenta kunyumba kwake ku Mpingwe kenaka ndikuwagulitsa ku MBC pa mtengo okwera. Fufuzani ngati ndikunama. This is crime number 1. Ma crime alipo ambiri. Yokhayi, mutengeni please!!!!!!!!

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

Don’t be scared these are just scaring arrest as they did to Mbilizi, viola, Jomo,and others. They just want to create excuses to frustrate your contracts because they want to put their own people in these parastatal to help them steal.we know all what is happening.

Mr Truth Pains
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Zio ine paja u were one of those so called teachers while in true sense dancers of old Muntharika. U were receiving salary from government coffers while doing nothing tangible so now u are in pains coz the leaking tap has been closed. Sorry Lady , this is the world and it’s round like a circle . Ur chance of stealing is very minimal now so just wake up and smell the coffee . This is the new trend in the making . So it’s either u are with us to build better Malawi or else u can go to… Read more »

Masharubu
Masharubu
9 months ago

Now that Itaye has been arrested, I’m looking forward to hearing that Conrad Buckle has also been picked up in the next few days. Only then will I start believing that our criminal justice system does not practice selective justice. Any objective and professional investigation of the fraudulent shenanigans that have taken place at Macra within the past few years will invariably expose Conrad Buckle’s dirty fingers. But then, this is Malawi and Mr Buckle is “other races”.

mtete
mtete
9 months ago

Enough of Arrests Songs, Next it will Bail, then quiet. Let us have some convictions Only then will Malawians appreciate there is indeed fight against corruption. Otherwise these arrests have become boring, the order of the day.

Mwini muzi
9 months ago
Reply to  mtete

I don’t understand how the legal system works in this country in that arrests are done based on speculation before even investigations have been done to establish whether there is a prima facie case. Ideally investigations should have been the point of departure and upon establishing incriminating evidence, then you can effect arrests which immediately can lead to court processes. Where delays to begin a case occurs, then a person can be granted bail for a period not more than 60 days before court proceedings can begin. To arrest a person, keep him/her in remand and deny bail until investigations… Read more »

Uyo
Uyo
9 months ago

Eya. Conrad buckol next . Deal imeneyo itaye anadya pangono. Buckol anadya half million dollars. Fufuzani mundiwuza. Mmangeni asanathawe.

Steve The Scribe (STC)
Steve The Scribe (STC)
9 months ago

Stories relating to this man eeeeeish. He must be another billionaire for sure. Police, please do your job professionally.

Muhariteniwo
Muhariteniwo
9 months ago

Too late to arrest him. He stole too much from Macra and several questionable contracts.But the lawyers will be rich this year. Even Mbilizi has hide it all.

itsanana
itsanana
9 months ago
Reply to  Muhariteniwo

Ndi zimene amafuna. govt to slow to act. This guy with others have hidden money

Benjones
Benjones
9 months ago

Long overdue arrest after chisale.

China
China
9 months ago

If there was mbava during mutharika regime it was this man and Chisale these two anaba moipa please freeze his accounts and that of in laws because athawisa ndalamazo if they have not done that already

Muhariteniwo
Muhariteniwo
9 months ago
Reply to  China

Itaye,Mbilizi and Chisale are stinking richness. A Police akulenga.Even if the Court says pay K4m each palibe chilipo. All the money has indeed been hidden.FREEZETHEIR ACCOUNTS AND CHECK IN LAWS ACCOUNTS.Kugwetsa sobo mwayesa zibwana eti. Anzathu a Judge ali munyumba.

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
9 months ago

In the pic, the dude has a “lean and hungry look”. Such men are dangerous …..

Last edited 9 months ago by Ngombwax
Iantana
Iantana
9 months ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

ahaha.. koma anthu

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