Malawi Police has confirmed the arrest of First Grade Magistrate Kondwani Chinangwa and private practice lawyer Patron Ndhlovu over allegations of forgery and fraud.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the development in an interview.
He said Magistrate Chingangwa was arrested on Friday by the Fiscal Police department.
Kadadzera said the Magistrate will be taken to court to be formally charged and a bail bid be heard.
“Our officers are still investigating the allegations,” he said.
Chinangwa, who is also spokesperson of Association of Magistrates in Malawi (AMA),was arrested following allegations by lawyer Ndhlovu that he forged his signature for a garnishee order to an account of a defendant with Standard Bank of Malawi.
A garnishee order is a court judgement that authorises a creditor to seize and access money held by any person or institution on behalf of a debtor, according to a law expert.
But Fiscal Police fear the Magistrate was acting in cohort with lawyer Ndhlovu and that there is no forging of a signature.
But when Patron was brought to confront Chinangwa, he maintained the signature was for the Magistrate.
The lawyer, Nyasa Times understands, produced a text message showing communication he was having the Magistrate to meet and share the loot.
Malawi Law Society (MLS) disciplinary committee chaired by Solicitor General Janet Chikaya Banda, who is also Principal Secretary for Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs recommended for the disbarment and prosecution of lawyer Patron Ndhlovu for swindling clients’ money totalling to K11.9 million.
Another lawyer who the committee has recommended to disbar and be prosecuted is Kajani Banda who also received K1 million on behalf of his client but failed to remit it the client.
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