Magistrate Viva grants ex-minister Mussa, Munthali bail

Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba has granted bail to former minister of information Henry Mussa and former director of information Gideon Munthali.

Henry Mussa at Lilongwe Magistrate Court

Giving his ruling on Monday, the Magistrate said the bail has been given on the condition that the two will give a sum of K500,000 cash bond, one reliable and traceable surety who will give K250,000.

The two suspects will report once every fortnight to Central Region Police office and should surrender all their travel documents to the court and will have to consult the courts everytime they want to travel outside the country.

The Magistrate has since adjourned the matter to October 20, 2020 where the accused will enter plea to the charges.

Mussa and Munthali were arrested for allegedly stealing computers and generators.

Police say the stolen computers and generators were donated by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority and meant for state-owned Malawi News Agency.

In the meantime, police say one of the 10 stolen computers has been recovered from Munthali’s house while one of the three generator sets has been recovered from Mussa’s house.

The arrests are the latest since President Lazarus Chakwera came to power promising to eradicate corruption that flourished under former President Peter Mutharika.

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3 years ago

ROT 🇲🇼

3 years ago

The little respect I used to have for this so-called Mtengowaminga completely evaporated the moment I heard about this theft of public goods allegation and subsequent arrest.
No matter how high we rise in society, no matter how much material wealth we accumulate, if we still have umphawi wa mu mtima, we will still behave like a common labourer who is always plotting to steal from his employer.

Wachiona Ndani
Wachiona Ndani
3 years ago

10 computers plus 3 gensets, that makes 13 counts of theft. Unfortunately, if they are convicted of those 13 charges, the sentences will run concurrently. Why can’t our judges give sentences that run consecutively?

Just wondering.

Arthur Yoyo
Arthur Yoyo
3 years ago
Reply to  Wachiona Ndani

Because it’s the law that’s why not.

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