Mathanga hits at photojournalist as Escom K4bn corruption case moved to High Court

There was drama at Blantyre Magistrate Court as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioner Jean Mathanga lashed at a newspaper photojournalist for taking pictures of her and demanded that they be deleted.

Mathanga (2nd left) at the court in previous appearance

Mathanga was appearing at the court as former Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) board chairperson who was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) together with then CEO John Kandulu over the K4 billion corruption case.

The graft-busting body also arrested former Escom director of procurement Fanuel Nkhono and senior procurement officer Emilias Kandapo in relation to the procurement scam at the power utility.

Mathanga charged at the photojournalist for taking her pictures, arguing it was “immoral” to snap suspects.

“You have been writing bad stories about us,” charged Mathanga.

“Are you not satisfied with what you have done? Why are you taking our pictures? Delete them, this is inhuman. What if I was your sister or relative?”

Meanwhile, senior resident magistrate Emmmella Chidule committed the case to the High Court, stating that the State produced a certificate from the Director of Public Prosecution to commit the case to the upper court.

She said: “Because a certificate from the DPP has been produced to the court, we will commit the case to the higher court.”

Mathanga faces prosecution for allegedly giving false information, contrary to Section 14 (a) of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) and neglect of official duty contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code.

Nkhono and Kandapo are charged each of abuse of office.

Kandulu is facing charged  of suing his influence that the goods to be  supplied without proper documentation and that procedures were not followed, a development that led to the resignation of then Escom director of finance Betty Mahuka.

In recent years, Escom has been entangled in numerous challenges, including toxic debts and alleged corrupt practices that have in turn crippled operations and dented the power utility’s image.

In October 2018,  it was revealed that Escom offered contracts to companies not registered with the Registrar General and avoided clearance from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) by splitting procurement deals.

The revelations came at a time when several scandals had rocked the parastatal, including theft of 4.2 million litres of diesel meant for generators and misprocurement of goods worth K5 billion.

PPDA spokesperson Grace Thipa said at the time that it was an offence under Section 39 (2) of the PPDA Act for any Procuring and Disposal Entities (PDE) to artificially split procurement or disposal requirements with a view to circumvent the use of competitive methods of procurement or disposal as prescribed by the PPDA.

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Changalikandu Pwagu
Changalikandu Pwagu
9 months ago

Jean Mathanga ngati ukumva nkhanizi usinthe wakuba hule iwe. Kodi ukuyesa kuti Malawi ndi dziko lako eti? Panali a Cecilia Kadzamila pa Malawi. Iwe ndi ndani galu nyani wa Mlakho?

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

moyo ndi pelete . ena ndi aja amaphoza and say ”I will pat my back and say well done good job done” anangomila ngati njoka ya mmadzi. Jeni ansa naye paja anaombetsako kwa pitala. nanga conco!!!!!!! So ku DPP kunangodzaza ndi zocitika corruption uhule kulalata ngati ka mmai ka ku zomba kaja kamati kutukwana ndi kulalata atisiile ifeyo ndiye eni ake koonda kali pa ma ARV. glezeda naye dziko silingaende ndi immorality yoteleyi. waste of time and space. mathanga ndi Linda kunje amacita manyazi when introduced during Mec tikudikila kuulutsa owina. mahule acabecabe inu . SMELL YOUR COFFEE NOW. ndipo… Read more »

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
9 months ago

Let the journalists do it, it’s their duty to inform us…. The court must lay another charge there against u Mathanga, you have violated a journalist’s right

Chinyanyailinaise
Chinyanyailinaise
9 months ago

Betty Mahuka…. Saw this rot and left…may God bless you Madam wherever you are. We need such women of Valour in Malawi who refuses to be bought or bribed even when the Heavens fall. You are a true Christian.

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Jean just accept that chicken are coming back to root.Your dealings are following you.Do not insult anyone

sabinana
sabinana
9 months ago

Mai, you are living with deceitful riches. Pokhapokha kuti zoonadi kuti simuli mbali ya Mlungu

Tippex
Tippex
9 months ago

Dzana-dzanali you loved photojournalist, today you are lashing at them🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

I will not resign!
I will not resign!
9 months ago

Only a few months ago You and Jane Ansah loved the photojournalist when you were posing for them lero zikuwawa???

Maliseche
Maliseche
9 months ago

No body would be writing derogatory stuff and taking unpleasant pictures of you if only you behaved professionally and followed the code of ethics when you thought you were untouchable!………. simunati mulira wawawawawawawawa🤣🤣🤣🤣

Gule Wankulu
Gule Wankulu
9 months ago

So Jean Mathanga wants to be slapped with an additional charge for assault!

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