Mathanga, 3 others indicted on K4bn Escom corruption scam: Granted court bail

A commissioner of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), Jean Mathanga, who is  former Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) board chairperson has been formally  charged together with  former chief executive officer John Kandulu and two others in connection with a K4 billion corruption  scandal at the power utility.

Mathanga faces two counts of corruption

Mathanga, Kandulu,  former Escom director of procurement Fanuel Nkhono and senior procurement officer Emilias Kandapo were arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday  in relation to the procurement scam at Escom.

The four were taken to Blantyre Magistrate Court on Friday where they were formally charged  with two accounts each.

Mathanga was charged with two offences of giving false information contrary to Section 14 (10)(a) of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) and neglect of official duty contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code.

She  is accused of giving false information to ACB on April 18 2017 during investigations into misprocurement of goods around K4 billion.

Mathanga is said to have told ACB that she got authorisation from the Director of Public Procurement through one of its senior officials Edward Jeke to pay various suppliers of goods who had supplied goods to Escom without following procurement procedures.

She is also accused of willfully neglecting to perform her duty bound by the Public Finance Management Act and Public Procurement Act by authorising payment of goods supplied to Escom by various suppliers totaling K1.4 billion without following procurement procedures when she was board chairperson around 2015/16.

Nkhono and Kandapo were each charged with one offence of abuse of office contrary to Section 25B(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

On his part, Kandulu is among others, alleged to have used his influence as CEO on former director of finance Betty Mahuka to perform her duties and discharge her functions corruptly by making payments amounting to K4 billion to various suppliers without following procurement procedures.

Their lawyers applied for bail which was not objected by the graft-busting body.

Granting bail, senior resident magistrate Emmelia Chidule ordered Mathanga to pay K2 million cash bond and K4 million non-cash bond for her two sureties while Kandulu, Nkhono and Kandapo were each asked to pay K1.5 million cash bond and K3 million non cash bond.

The probe followed a complaint ACB received on September 21 2016 from an informant that there was political interference in the manner procurement contracts and payments were made.

The procurement scandal is among many scandals that had rocked the parastatal, including theft of 4.2 million litres of diesel meant for generators and misprocurement of goods worth K5 billion.

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mphepo zinai
mphepo zinai
9 months ago

Mai Mathanga munangokongola nkhope mtima ndi maganizo ndi zonyansa

Sand
Sand
9 months ago

Aaaaaaah mukunena as girl Jane, wait & c. Alufandika panopa maso asiya kuona kamba kolilira nkati. Kkkkkkkk. Ntima pasi ogulitsaso mabus naye chimutsata. Ena ndi aja asiya okha dzulowa udindo. Ungosowa koma mpando wawo nkumawuona ku civic

Bandung Cincau
Bandung Cincau
9 months ago

Why charging them so little for bail? Shaaaa! Malwiiiiiii

Mfumu Sitola my man
Mfumu Sitola my man
9 months ago

Kolapushoni ili kuno Kumudzi inu a ACB bodza, a Boma bodza ine kudya nkhunku yopasidwa mukuti kolapushoni kuno kumudzi kulibe kolapushoni koma mu bomamu. Wankhunku kumudzi Ku ndende zaka zambiri 10 years okuba zambiri ndiye zaka zA pang’ono. Muchite kanthu m’taunimo, m’bomamo osati kolapushoni kumalimbana ndiife anthu Akumudzi. Ife tisankhwasule nkhuku kuno kumudzi chifukwa mukuti kolapushoni koma inu mukuba ndalama zambiri mbiri kuboma ndi m’tauni.

Hope
Hope
9 months ago

Guys get serious. Ndalama mukuti zinabedwazo and the charges zikugwirizana. This is nonsense. Ngati mwagawana ndalama kuseri kuti mupusitse amalawi tikukuwonani.

Watson
Watson
9 months ago

Nde mwati ma charges wo ndi chani🤣🤣🤣🤣

Adam, the wise man
Adam, the wise man
9 months ago

They too were surely mislead by the Indian-pak mafia that is ruling Malawi of yesteryear and Malawi of today. MCP government must root this out once and for all even if it means sending some people to the cool chamber. APM has neglected Malawi and this is no longer acceptable

Mavuto
Mavuto
9 months ago

Basitu, a acb akatero wamaliza. On to the next investigation and arrest. Thom mpinganjira simple case like that koma ma adjourn daily. Acb is not fighting or preventing corruption at all, it is simply watching corruption like a game of sport. Shame!

Tofiakwaaa
Tofiakwaaa
9 months ago

Chaiiiii….!

Savage Appetite
9 months ago

Just one night!…….

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