Matiya face four counts of corruption -ACB

Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) former General Manager Golden Matiya, faces four counts of corruption, according to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

ACB arrested MatIya on Thursday October 20 in a multi-million kwacha housing scam involving top government officials, including President Bingu wa Mutharika’s brother.

In a press statement issued by  ACB Public Relations Officer  Ms Egrita Ndala the bureau said their investigations established that Matiya failed to declare interest when he purchased one of the houses.

Matiya: Four counts of corruption

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Golden Grant Matiya. He was taken to Blantyre Magistrate’s Court,” said Ndala in the statement.

“ He will be charged with two counts of non disclosure of interest by public officers contrary to Section 25 D(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and two counts of misuse of public office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” said Ndala.

ACB said they arrested Matiya and questioned him before Blantyre Magistrates Court granted him bail at night with a bail bond of K40,000 with  two sufficient sureties bonded with the sum of K100,000 not cash.

Matiya was also ordered to surrender his travel documents with the ACB and that he should not interfere with state witnesses.

He will also be reporting to ACB offices in Blantyre once every fortnight on Thursdays and that he should not leave Blantyre without the approval of  the ACB Director, as some of his bail conditions.

MHC lost about K105 million (about $690 789) by selling 22 houses at highly discounted prices that were also said to be less than half the market rates.

Ministers Prof. Peter Mutharika and Mr John Bande, bought public houses at heavily reduced rates including Matiya.

The former Attorney General (now Supreme Court of Appeal judge) Dr. Jane Ansah, also benefitted.

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