Mchacha, former PS Njoloma and LWB’s Mwenye arrested over govt-settled honeymoon bills

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested former Minister of Irrigation and Water Development, Charles Mchacha, over allegations that he influenced Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) to pay bills for his honeymoon at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre.

Mchacha has been nabbed alongside his then ministry’s Principal Secretary (PS), Dr. Henrie Njoloma and Moses Mwenye.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member of Parliament for Thyolo West is alleged to have abused his office by directing Njoloma to facilitate access to lodging services and foodstuffs for his advantage and for the advantage of others at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre using Government of Malawi funds for personal gain under the pretext of lobbying for adjustment of water tariffs.

Mchacha and his third official wife

A statement from the Bureau, which its Principal Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala has signed, further states that Njoloma, being PS for the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development and Mwenye, who was the Acting Chief Executive Officer for LWB, aided, and abetted Mchacha to abuse his office by initiating and instructing the process of preparing payment, using government funds for lodging services, and beverages at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre.

Former Principal Secretary (PS) and now CEO for Greenbelt Authority Dr. Henrie Njoloma

“On 24th August 2020, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) received a complaint alleging that Lilongwe Water Board paid for Hon. Charles Mchacha’s honeymoon at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre. On 26th August 2021, the ACB arrested Hon. Charles Mchacha, Dr. Henrie Njoloma and Mr. Moses Mwenye,” reads the statement in part.

Ndala says the trio will be charged with abuse of office contrary to Section 25B (1) as read with Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act, neglect of duty and theft by conversion contrary to Section 121 and 270 as read with Section 278 of the Penal Code, respectively.

“They will be taken to Court after the Bureau has interviewed them,” concludes the statement.

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Good
1 year ago

This is what will happen with Henry Kachaje. Since u did not qualify for the job u will be used by politicians to give them money and favour since u want to keep your job.

Ali Palimandi
1 year ago

Arrest the third wife too.

Patriot
Patriot
1 year ago

Very sad indeed that people at such high level of authority can help themselves to public money. What kind of example are they setting to the rest?

mtete
mtete
1 year ago

What goes around comes around. Kuba kosatopa nako abale inu?

kheza
kheza
1 year ago

Dpp had no mercy for muwawa. this case is exactly the same. you humiliated muwawa because he supported chair and you wanted to finish him. DPP

Mwatero
Mwatero
1 year ago
Reply to  kheza

Ameneyu wagwidwa ndikakumphasa ndithu. Zoonadi mulandu wakewu ukufanana ndi wa former minister munthawi ya ulamuliro wa A Chair. Komanso Mng’amba Dzikopa Former BT mayor.

Antonio piriminta
Antonio piriminta
1 year ago
Reply to  kheza

Exactly my brother, very true. Hopefully Chizuma and company will expedite prosecution of these cases. They are simple and straightforward!

Jima
Jima
1 year ago
Reply to  kheza

Don’t you think most of the politicians are corrupt either side of the political party who rules the government. Recently we heard about the saga at state house involving the men of God that were involved in the malpractice activities and one at large gone to India.ministers and high profile government officials involved in awarding fuel contracts, bear in mind that its not only Dpp the way you are saying but all political parties at large. but was just to early for Mcp to be involved in such shameful deals, if you recall cash gate you ask Joyce Banda administration,… Read more »

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