More arrests looms: Chisale charged with fraud, money laundering

Malawi Police Services  (MPS) Fiscal and Fraud Section  is set to make more arrests in connection with a $7 million cement import scandal  using former president Peter Mutharika’s duty free status as Mutharika’s security aide Norman Paulosi Chisale  has been slapped with fraud and money laundering charges .

Chisale: To face fraud and money laundering charges

Chisale was informed of his charges when he appeared before Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday after his arrest on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in the cement importation scandal.

Fraud and money laundering charges are offences that are contrary to Section 319 and 331 of the Penal Code respectively.

Senior Resident Magistrate Violet Chipawo formally informed Chisale on his indictment.

The former strongman in Mutharika’s regime came to court handcuffed.

His lawyer Chancy Gondwe asked for bail, saying Chisale “surrendered himself to police after being called. He cooperated with police during interrogation and during a search at his house.”

But prosecution argued that he may interfere with witnesses.

Court will rule on bail bid on Friday.

Police also interrogated two Asian businesspersons, Mahmed Shafee and Ahmed Chunara who reportedly implicated Chisale that he received and collected the documents to have contained information of the cement importation and this was surrendered to police as part of evidence in court.

On Friday last week law enforcers also arrested former Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) deputy commissioner Roza Mbilizi in connection with cement Mutharika imported duty-free

More people at MRA are allegedly implicated in the investigations alongside six from the State House.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said many people will be summoned for police questioning.

“We are mandated by law to investigate all case brought before us. When we investigate the case we interview individuals so that we learn more from them to build up our investigates.

“We are inviting several individuals  and when we have actual suspects we will inform Malawians before taking them to court,” he said.

Fiscal and Fraud Section is also interested to interrogate former president Mutharika.

Mutharika, who was removed from power in the June 23 court-sanctioned presidential election rerun, is building a retirement home in the Lakeshore town of Mangochi, southern Malawi.

After losing the election, the former president was forced to temporarily move into a state lodge because the house is incomplete.

Newly elected President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, who in his inaugural speech pledged to deal with corruption, said that before the country of 19.13 million people can begin to rebuild, it must clear the rubble of corruption.

“I will challenge the leadership of judiciary to do more to root out the culture of corruption and selective justice that has shipwrecked too many of our lowest courts,” he said.

Mutharika’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have complained that the new administration under the leadership of Chakwera is making arrest of senior members of the party and claimed it is political persecution aimed at killing the party.

But commentators have said there is a lot of rot that is being exposed to have been happening during the DPP regime that requires the long arm of the law to catch up with wring doers- and the fish rots from the head down.

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mtambo
mtambo
7 months ago

Chakwera should be arrested where did he get the thirty-five million that was splashed to his MPs please we need an urgent explaination from him .

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

amaona ngati ma A5 awapulumutsa pa mtanda.n’gooooio
mukunya basi

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
7 months ago

Churches should be able to say NO to some donations. There was a case of Ms Triza Namathanga whom we were told was a benefactor for SDAs and everyone envied her for that. Later it came to be known should in the deep of siphoning government resources. Few years forward Norman Chisale (APM body guard) builds a church in Ntcheu CCAP, donated a mini bus to Biwi CCAP Sunday School, nobody wanted to understand the source of a windfall. These reminded me one the Church Ministers who once served Chikuluti CCAP who vehemently refused the popular paper Sundays. He was… Read more »

Neno
Neno
7 months ago

Mumange ameneyu wosamusiya wasawukitsa dziko.

Donda wa Donda
Donda wa Donda
7 months ago

ACB is doing nothing until we see an Indian behind bars. Among others, there several cases including money laundering, land grabbing, corruption, rape, and defilements related to the Indian community in this country. Please act on these and we believe you are not selective.

Malawi belong to the citizens

Police officers mangani Koma azibweza makobidi aboma omwe DPP leaders stole from the citizens.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
7 months ago

Yayayaya, kukoma Malawi. Ofunika chi rubble chachikulu ku Mangochi chikusidwenso.

Wiliam mhango
7 months ago

Onse amene did wrong during P.m must face the law

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago
Reply to  Wiliam mhango

as well as their gogo

Masauko banda
Masauko banda
7 months ago

Ngati uli mfiti tikusadi,anthu Safuna kukhala ndi mfiti mmudzi wawo,fiti zose zikalowa ku maula 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Vanquish Z
7 months ago
Reply to  Masauko banda

Takana ife aMalawi kuno ku Maula. Mfiti toto!

Bandung cincau
Bandung cincau
7 months ago

Munanyanya Kuba kopanda Mako manyazi. Kumaziona ushasha kungokhal untouchable basi. Akazi kumangosintha ngati mukusintha mapanti. Payback all that you have stolen from Malawians. corporal ngati iwe Koma kumadzimva ubwana. Akazi opusa kumangotengeka Osadziwa akudya zakuba. Ma Church mmapanga donate Aja Kunali Kubisa zigoba! Lero zonse pa mbalambanda. Uona Nyekwhe. Mahule onse aja akuthawa lero!

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