Macra snatches Toyota Prado, other items from Bisika to defy court order: Cash missing

It never rains but it pours for  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) deputy director general Francis  Bisika as the authority has confiscated his official vehicle and other items despite court cases.

Macra security personnel, accompanied by armed police officers, invaded Bisika’s residence at Namiwawa in Blantyre on Easter Saturday afternoon to confisicate the vehicle

Macra security personnel, along side police officers, Saturday morning stormed Bisika’s house in Blantyre where they reclaimed the Authority’s property, Toyota Prado registration number BU 9900 without any warrant.

Led by Macra’s dubiously apppointed Security Manager, Major James Menyere the armed police forced the high security gates at Bisikas Namiwawa residence. Finding nobody at the house, Menyere had brought a spare car key with which he instructed driver Twaibu Michongwe to drive off, police sources confided in Nyasatimes.
Bisika was not at the house during the break in, according to his lawyer Chance Gondwe, who expressed serious concerns against the act,at a time when the High Court had ruled to reinstate Bisika.

Besides the vehicle, the security agents went away with K280 000 cash which was in the vehicle’s glove compartment, according to Bisika’s lawyer Chancy Gondwe.

Gondwe said it is unfortunate that  Macra is confiscating  Bisika’s motor vehicle despite the existence of a court injunction.

He said the lawyers will take steps “permissible under the law” to make Macra officials accountable through the committal process that thry filed with the court.

Gondwe told a local press that  the “arrogance and defiance” from Macra  “only happens in countries where there is total breakdown of law and order.”

Macra’s Legal Director Dan Chiwoni could not be reached as he was reportedly in Mulanje for other assignments.

And Macra director general Godfrey Itaye  – who is on enemy action against Bisika – declined to comment on the matter.

Three weeks ago, High Court Judge Jack N’riva ordered the authority to reinstate its deputy director general within 72 hours, failing which three top officials—Itaye and director of legal services Dan Chiwoni and former board chair Mervis Mangulenje would be jailed for contempt of court.

But Itaye acting above the law and larger than life has directed Macra not  to comply with the court order.

The raid comes, just a week after fiscal police led by Inspector Joseph Nkuna stormed Bisikas home, demanding that he accompany them to fiscal headquarters for some interrogation, a move allegedly masterminded  by Itaye.

Itaye said the High Court is just wasting its time and went ahead to hire Fiscal Police to harass Bisika.

Menyere, a prematurely retired army major who was being investigated for defrauding the army millions of kwacha, was hired by Itaye and dubiously promoted to Security Manager, despite miserably being withdrawn on academic grounds from the Malawi College of Accountancy where he attempted to pursue a Master’s Degree, a basic qualification for Macra managers.

Macra has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons as the Anti Corruption Bureau is digging stinking corruption in which Itaye dubiously awarded contracts to his parents in-laws worthy millions of kwachas.
External Auditors Price Waterhouse are also to conduct a forensic audit on Macra after revelations that up to 135 million kwacha vanished in a dubious calendars contract awarded to Fatting Design Printers.
New Board Chair, man of God Rev. Alex Maulana is just helplessly watching the chaos at Macra as commentators suspect he has been palm oiled by Macra management.

Meanwhile, the country’s civil society organisations (CSOs) are organising mass demonstrations on April 29 on various national issues which include Macra’s defiance and discriminatory regulation of broadcasters.

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Zadapo
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There are so many Government institutions in the country, why is it that only MACRA makes headlines? It must be a tool for the DPP to siphon money………….the result is that there are wrong people being employed. Even Bisika was dubiously recruited.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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We all said that the end game plan for DPP honchos was to sink Malawi into a country of lawlessness whose political leaders will have no respect for rule of law. We predicted that its youth wing would go on criminal rampage against any opposition elements, Law Enforcement Agencies would break down, the justice system would be compromised, the police and the army would no longer protect the citizens but rather serve at the pleasure of the political elite. In other words, the party would create an environment where corruption and crime would thrive and primal elements would operate without… Read more »
MAGUFULI
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Oooooh God please REMOVE the scales of blindness from the eyes of my fellow malawians so they can see/understand that BUSHIRI Is the only one who can/will liberate the country. These MAFIAS/CROOKS /FIELD MARSHALLS As they call themselves will make every malawian and even beyond REGR ET like never before in human history Look what is happening now at macra / Escom/ burning of documents at capital hill/ Shortage of electricity/ Now they have stopped hiring our children & promotions Before when you graduate straight you get a job but now ? stories !! BVUTO KWA A MALAWI/PROBLEM WITH MALAWIANS… Read more »
Shimo la udongo
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Who was the rightful candidate if Menyere was dubiously recruited. ACB ntchito simwaipeza pamenepa

Mlomwe wa kwa naphungo
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Mlomwe wa kwa naphungo

2019 MCP BOMA!!!!!!!!!!

Ngalawa
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It is worrisome that the courts are not seeing to it that their orders are obeyed. What is so special about Itaye who does not even have any credible qualifications. Government is losing out on the services of a highly qualified, experienced and respected ICT professional Francis Bisika. Cry our beloved country.

Gumbwani
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Respected ICT professional? My foot! Inankanika ntchito ku Airtel (Celtel in those days) uyu.

James
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Do we have a president in this country? How can he allow Macra to be above the law? Koma one Itaye might be the most dull person in Malawi. A court order must be respected. Nthawi zimasintha you will regret brother.

Hetherwick
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THIS IS WHAT WE EXPECT WHEN JUSTICE HAS GONE TO DOGS. WHAT IS THE USE OF THE LAW WHEN PEOPLE OF THEIR BOOKS BYPASS IT? CAN WE SAY ITAYE IS RECEIVING ORDERS FROM ABOVE TO ACT IN SUCH A BARBARIC WAY? WHERE IS THE POWER OF THE LAW IF PEOPLE OVERLOOK THE RULING? EEEEISH SHAME ON THE POLICE AND MACRA.

Sindikudziwa
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Is this about macra or zalowa personal tsopano

Mona
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Koma ku Macra kuli nyasi, chonchi dziko lingatukeke. Macra is very corrupt just like Escom. Ambuye mulowelelepo Peter Muntharika asawineso 2019 we are tired of corruption

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