Malawi police prosecutor convicted for corruption, gets suspended sentence

The Lilongwe magistrate’s court has convicted  Police Prosecutor Charles Kabanga  and handed  him a suspended sentence for corruption.

The court heard that Kabanga  had solicited K4, 000 from a suspect Madalitso Kabango in order to discontinue an assault case.

“On 9th February, 2010 the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) received a complaint alleging that Charles Kabanga a police prosecutor at Kawale Police solicited K4, 000 but received K3, 000 in order for him to discontinue prosecuting an assault case against Madalitso Kabango,” said Egrita Ndala, Senior Public relations officer for ACB.

Consequently, the ACB instituted investigations which confirmed of the allegation and took Sergeant Kabanga to Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court.

The courts charged the suspect with two counts of corrupt practices by public officer contrary to Section 24(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and one count of misuse of public office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

On 11th January, 2013, Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court found Kabanga guilty on all the three counts and convicted him.

Subsequently, on 14th January, 2013, the Court passed its judgment and sentenced Kabanga to four, six and three months imprisonment with hard labor on each of the three counts respectively but suspended each of them to three months.

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