Guilty! MEC clerk convicted over stolen hard disk

The Blantyre Magistrates Court has convicted Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Data Entry Clerk, Hanleck Mbwetule for stealing external hard disk.

Mbwetule was arrested for stealing an external hard disk from Commission’s ICT Department and on Tuesday appeared before Magistrate Bodole to answer charge of theft by public servant.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and has consequently been convicted on his own plea.

MEC spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed and said the court will pass its sentence Wednesday, 26th February, 2014.

Mwafulirwa: MEC spokesman says  clerk convicted
Mwafulirwa: MEC spokesman says clerk convicted

Meanwhile the convict has been remanded to Chichiri Prison.

(MEC) on Monday dismissed the hard drive contained voters roll.

Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga said the hard disk was stolen on Saturday and police apprehended Mbwetula.

“The external hard disk was used within the ICT Department for transferring documents from one computer to another and not storage of the voter’s roll,” said Kalonga.

The Chief Elections Officer said the voters roll for May 20 elections containing information about 7.5 million registered voters is “safe and intact.”

He said information of voters roll cannot fit in the external hard disk of 500GB.

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