Itaye, 2 Macra staff charged with abuse of office, yet to take plea

Former director general at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) Godfrey Itaye has been slapped with a charge of abuse of office alongside Macra director of finance Ben Chitsonga and procurement specialist Joseph Ngalawa.

Itaye: Abuse of office at Macra during DPP era 
MACRA’s director of finance, Ben Chitsonga

Itaye was arrested at the end October 2020 on allegations of fraud when he served as director general at Macra. He was released on bail days later.

The abuse of office charge was formally slapped on the trio on Monday when they appeared  before  Blantyre Magistrate Court.

They are accused of authorising payment of about K8 million for the printing of party cloths for former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

However they could not take plea to the charge, as their lawyer Clement Mwala said he needed to check the disclosures from the State prosecutors a to study the charge sheet first to be in a position to advise his clients on how to take plea.

Mwala asked for an adjournment “ so that we can get the disclosures and peruse through.”

State advocate Dzikondianthu Malunda did not object to the adjournment request and said he would serve the disclosures in the interest of a fair trial as provided by the law.

Malunda, however, said the  State is ready to prosecute the case.

Acting chief resident magistrate Godfrey Balaka adjourned the case to Monday next week.

Itaye,  Chitsonga and Ngalawa will be expected to take plea on that day.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman is also investigating Itaye on allegations that he changed his name from Godfrey Masina to Godfrey Itaye and also scrutinising his recruitment process at Macra during the administration of DPP.

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Executive Mtonga
Executive Mtonga
4 months ago

Sounds good. This Itaye man had no size eeeish.

Wagudula Mmemo
Wagudula Mmemo
4 months ago

Kaya nde Zione Khembo, Mada Banda, Clara Mulonya, Ulanda Maluza mukumva bwanji mthupimo. Anthu mwanyengedwa inu chifukwa choti Godfrey Masina Itaye akulembeni ntchito komanso akupatseni ma International trips. Mudzipitatu ku Court’ko kukakhala naye limodzi asanapatsidwe custodial sentence. Chichiri stars in waiting…..

Bigman
Bigman
4 months ago

The government must also investigate how Government shares in TNM were distributed among some executives without paying for them.

When Malasians left MTL had 40% shareholding in TNM. Where are those shares?

Bwana Gospel pali nkhani pajatu. Corporate fraud.

Malandia
Malandia
4 months ago

Leave these guys alone…As a country we are at war…

President Mkango Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Manthakanjenjemereza
4 months ago

I just pity Ben Chitsonga. He was a gentleman. However they could not fight the political powers of the time. Check the transactions like these in all statutory corporations and govt departments. They are many.

Vanquish Z
4 months ago

What are ‘disclosure’? How does it taken place?

Liars exposed
4 months ago

Godfrey Itaye, you are facing the music alone now. You discarded us all your friends and never were you picking our phone calls. Munafikapo a boss. Today you have started calling us again because palowa njoka.

Che Pichesi
Che Pichesi
4 months ago
Reply to  Liars exposed

Ndipo anatitaya tonse. His friends became dpp. Olo moni kukupatsa. He completely abandoned his friends except for women to give them orders. Dziko limatembenuka.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Che Pichesi

Fair weather friend he was, very sad for him that he needs you more now (kaya adzayamba bwanji conversation ???? attend his call and say Kodi ndikuyankhula ndindani ???hahahahahahaha)..you can sleep with the door ajar..but he was enjoying his time with more than one padlock to his house….

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