Macra employee pleads ‘not guilty’ to leaking corruption information to Nyasa Times

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) procurement manager Aitone Chandiyang’ana accused of leaking top level K135 million dubious calendars deal which implicated Director General Godfrey Itaye,  on Tuesaday pleaded not guilty.

Itaye: Alleged to be at the heart of stinking corruption

Chandiyang’ana is answering three charges  of leaking information about the vanished of  K135 million a from MACRA, an illegal transmission to online news Nyasa Times contrary to Section 84 of the Electronic Transaction Act  33 of 2016 Laws of Malawi.

He is being represented by lawyer Chancy Gondwe, who was not in court but delegated another  lawyer to represent him.

Macra which is being represented by M&M Global’s Kingsley Mapemba who had asked the case to proceed after the accused pleaded not guilty, but the magistrate quashed the application saying the Director of Public Prosecution had not yet given written consent to co-prosecute the matter privately.

On Tuesday, Senior Resident Magistrate Balaka ruled that the matter be heard on 20 September on condition that M&M Global lawyers  submit a written consent from the DPP and all documents served to the accused.

M&M Global had in April written the DPP seeking consent to privately prosecute the matter which was earlier thrown out of Chief Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimbas court for lack of merit.

Present in the court was Macra Director of Legal Affairs Dan Chiwoni, Finance Manager Phillip Nakoma and ICT Manager Christopher Banda. Itaye was not present in the court.

The accused was arrested by Fiscal Police on Itayes orders for being suspected to have blown the rampant corruption which promoted the ACB to raid Macra house early this year.

Under pressure from the  Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and External. Auditors Price water house which conducted a forensic audit, Itaye has been forcing administration managers not to give the ACB vital information regarding the dubious K135 million Fattani Digital Printers Calendars deal.

Last month National Bank of Malawi in a letter which Nyasa Times has seen addressed to Itaye, the bank is asking their client to invest his 100million kwacha ” which has been lying idle in his account” since last year.

Documents from FDH bank where Itaye holds another personal account has more than K3 .2 billion kwacha which the ACB says is yet to establish its source

Itaye has since the revelations about the vanished K135 million dubious calendars deal, refused to speak with Nyasa Times but opted to sue the suspected whistle blower.

President Peter Mutharika incensed with the corruption rot at Macra ordered the ACB to get to the bottom of the rot. He is yet to be seen to act decisively against any corrupt official.

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Central

K3.2 billion?? Is this serious?

Reserve Bank of Malawi what have you done on this? Does RBM have in place various reporting mechanisms that obligate the Malawian banks and financial institutions to report ‘fraud’, including unauthorized deposit and or any other facilities extended for reward or illegal gratification? Is the bank using such reporting mechanisms? If yes is the RBM aware of this rot? If yes what have they done so far? Dziko tu kutha iliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii eni ake akuonaaaaaaaaaa!! God have mercy!

ndadabwa
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koma, only in 2009 itaye was postal services officer getting MK175,000 per month. he used to get salary advance every month. he had 1 brown codral jacket. samkatsuka mkamwa, amkanunkha. lero ndi billionaire. asaa!!!! ai Mulungu akukuona. banja lako lalimba. siuja mkazi wako umamuyendetsa pansi ali ndi mimba. lero banja lalimba chifukwa apongozi ako alemera pa msana pa macra

Mike Tembwe
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Mike Tembwe

So, you mean MACRA took someone to court upon being suspected that he leaked to the public a rotten deal concerning our money? Oh! I wish we had the Access to Information Law then? May be that’s why it is taken ages to fully implement this law and most likely it wont be implemented by the current thieving government called DPP. Change has to come indeed and that change can only come with a party which has clean hands (MCP) – not the very same thieves who have robbed us for past 25 years. Ife a Malawi tatopa ndi bodza… Read more »

Ngalawa
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Ngalawa

A close source from Macra confirmed that Itaye braggs about amasing enough cash to keep two generations going. Sad for a country like Malawi where people are dying in hospitals due to lack of medicine. Itaye must go and now!

Operation Nchotsa Mbavas
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Operation Nchotsa Mbavas

WAKUBAYOOOOOOOOOO WAKUBAYOOOOOOOOOO WAKUBAYOOOOOOOOOO Itaye is one of biggest rot along with the DPP demigods…. likes of Kondwani…. chifukwa amaKondwa ku Kubaaaaa But our useless ACB will just waste time and resources on allowances and do jack shit about this. MK 3.2 Billion and MK 100 Million making MK 3.3B that’s USD 4.5 Million. How much medicines can be bought with this kind monies and lives saved in our depleting health facilities. Imagine people in mangochI have travel 60km just for a xray. SKC needs to lock all these mbavas one time and recover all these monies. As SKC rightly puts… Read more »

SKC
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SKC

Tidzuka koma osati ndi SKC wakoyo ayi, Itaye ndi Paul Phwiyo are best friends of Chilima, MCP is the only national party that can change this nation for better. Not Chilima muzakukutanaye mano Chilima wanuyo. Chonde a Malawi DPP ndi UTM plan yawo ndikuthetsa chipani cha MCP kuti aziba bwinopopanda owatsutsa, please vote Chakwera MIA MCP BOMA KWACHA!!!!!!!! TADZUKA!!!!!

kanyimbi
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kanyimbi

Chilima will correct all the mess happening at MACRA

Timvê ziti
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Timvê ziti

The more money you have the less likely you will be touched by anyone. Shocking that in this poorest of the poor nations individuals have such amounts in their accounts. If one has this kind of money why bother at all with these small contracts?

Kalvin kaliwamba
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Kalvin kaliwamba

Eiish K3.2 billion in accounts of Godfrey Itaye.No wonder Macra is part of Apumbwa,even Kondwani Nankhumwa Macra it’s his source of money.Apumbwa mulipo ambiri tikukuonanitu!!.Tingoti phee tione kuti Mulungu achitananu bwanji.

kavibangwa
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kavibangwa

mmmh so people have accounts with K3.2 billion in it !!!.

Bambo phiri
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Bambo phiri

ACB is very weak like our leader, so a government employee has 3.2billion kwacha if its true in his personal account and ACB and FIA (FIU) are just watching . You will come in after the money has vanish . Dead country. You will start running around for the money after it disappears.

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