Landgate: Altaf Mahomed pleads ‘not guilty’

One of the Royal Motors Company’s directors, Altaf Mahomed has pleaded not guilty to charges of forging documents that facilitated the grabbing of the land belonging to Lunzu Estate Limited.

At the court some members of the Indian community.

Mahomed aged 65 appeared in court on Friday 17th July 2020 to answer to two charges of making a false document with intent to defraud or deceive contrary to Section 351 as read with Section 353 (d) (i) of the Penal Code, and altering a false document contrary to Section 360 of the Penal Code.

He is being represented by lawyer Violet Maganga of Maganga and Company while Lunzu Estate Limited, owned by late General Graciano Matewere, is being represented by private practicing lawyer, Ambokire Salimu who has been given a consent by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to prosecute the matter.

The accused is expected to appear in court again next month to undergo full trial.

Meanwhile, Senior Resident Magistrate, Ackia Mwanyongo has thrown out an order Mahomed obtained in June this year to stop the criminal proceedings.

Mwanyongo agreed with lawyer Salimu’s argument that the order was directed at the Inspector General of Malawi Police and not the plaintiff, adding that the order did not also bind the Court.

The court has since revoked bail granted to the accused by the police following Salimu’s application that there was no evidence of the bail conditions in the file.

The court revoked the police bail and has granted the accused bail on new conditions. Mahomed has been bonded in the sum of K1 million non-cash and two sureties bonded K1 million each, non-cash.

Mahomed on 29th September 1995 allegedly forged sale of a share stock certificates purporting to sell the share stock of Lunzu Estates Limited owned by late General Graciano Matewere, to a company registered to himself and two others.

He allegedly forged signatures of late Matewere, Graciano Matewere Jnr, Colonel Mathias Matewere, and Amina Altaf Mahomed.

The land under dispute is near the Blantyre Campus of the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) next to Kameza Roundabout of the Chileka International Airport Road and is owned by the Matewere family whose last remaining shareholder is Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, Colonel Matewere, after everyone had died.

Nyasa Times understands that Mahomed of Royal Motors and his friends grabbed 150-hectares of land under Lunzu Estate Limited.

It is believed that the forgery and fake transactions were done when late Colonel Matewere was in the Democratic Republic of Congo on peacekeeping mission from 2002 to 2006.

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Benjones
Benjones
1 month ago

20m. Medicine for all the hospitals for 5 years. What a shame

Yusuf Phiri
Yusuf Phiri
1 month ago

This Altaf is another muslim crook who must be locked up as apart from this fraudulent deal, he has done alot of crooked deals with Bakili.. police land rover scam. His son Abdul too, is also a bigger crook and done illegal deals with Atupele and he smuggled out to USA over USD 20m dollars worth of rubies from chimadzulu mines in ntcheu as disguised as specimens and non declarations. He shared part of the profits with Atupele Muluzi. The whole family is known thieves. Wolves in sheeps skin. Please investigate this family thoroughly n deeply.

Smao
Smao
2 months ago

Not guilty is right, if the violation is criminal the private lawyer can not be a prosecutor. There is no such a thing of prosecutorial consent to private practice. If I was like me defending on this matter I would argue that the court has no jurisdiction because the case is not prosecuted by government.

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Blue tears
Blue tears
2 months ago

I just don’t understand what the noise is on the comment section.

Let the court do its job then we can scream shout and be drunk with our words.

I mean who knows who is right and wrong ? Unless one of us here is the judge in the case then I rest my case.

Mafulufute
Mafulufute
2 months ago

Kodi inu amwenye kwanu kuli malo oti mmalawi anagula legally or illegally? Fitseki mudzipita kwanu boma ili lokha zanu zada

One Malawi One Nation
2 months ago

Fix the indians. There are corrupt and heartless. All their wealth is from dirty deals. It is time to drain the swamp. All indians are bad. Good ones are in the grave

ikarim
ikarim
2 months ago

And you think you Malawians are clever and honest corruption is in your blood . That’s why you malawi is the third most poorest country in the world.

ikarim
ikarim
2 months ago

And all the Malawians are corrupt even the dead ones were corrupt

ikarim
ikarim
2 months ago

And Malawians are not saints corruption is in the blood. That’s why we are the third most poorest country in the world

Real Solder
Real Solder
2 months ago

if the current owner is a colonel in the MDF, why not just go with a few of his boys to beat the shit out of these asian crooks. That land is prime, and to imagine they would want to steal 150 hectors from right under our nose! Having said that, the owner should find productive ways to put that good land to use. Lunzu people just pee, shit and kusaka mbewa basi from that land. You can sell so people with money build houses or schools etc but not to the Asians, they do not sell foreigners their land… Read more »

Chipato mike
Chipato mike
2 months ago
Reply to  Real Solder

Amwene zimayenda ndi malamulo izi

COME TO SCHCOOL
2 months ago

ma Indians anyanya amayesa ngati kwawo kuno ku malawi, eni ake as azifinyika amala…
No kuchoka apo moto umapita komwe kwasala tchire . DEAYNG LUKE HOSPITAL KONZEKA. mawa ozungulirani chipatala adalandidwa…..anabwerela chani ku malawi?

ikarim
ikarim
2 months ago

Uneducated people like you is what hinders Malawi’s progress

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