Mzomera appeals conviction and sentence to High Court

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the North Christopher Mzomera Ngwira the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the North convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for misusing public office is appealing his conviction and sentence at the High Court, his lawyer has said.

Mzomera Ngwira in handcuffs after the sentencing.-Photo by Aliko Munde
Mzomera’s son was visibly heartbroken, had to be held from hitting the ground after the sentencing.-Photo by Aliko Munde
Mzomera Ngwira donning a Ngoni warrior headgear waves to his sympathisers after being sentenced on Friday-Photo by Aliko Munde

Ngwira was prosecuted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for diverting K650 000 from the Local Development Fund (LDF).

The court heard that the former member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Hora abused his office as MP to award a contract of teachers houses construction for Lukwelukwe Primary School to Louis Mtonga of Taonga Shopping Centre in Mzimba when the duty to do so was with the Project Management Committee (PMC).

During sentencing, senior resident magistrate Msiska questioned Mzomera Ngwira’s character as a reverend and leader in the community.

He said: “Being a public officer the convict would have promoted transparency and accountability in his dealings, but he did not.”

Msiska, therefore, went on to sentence him to 48 months’ imprisonment with hard labour and revoked his bail.

But lawyer Victor Gondwe of John Tennyson and Associates has said he would file an appeal at the High Court for both conviction and sentence.

He said: “We are not satisfied with the sentence and even the conviction of the case. We are going to appeal to the High Court.”

ACB director of legal and prosecution Chrispin Khunga, who was prosecuting, expressed satisfaction with the conviction and sentence.

High profile opposition DPP figures treasurer general Jappie Mhango and Parliamentary chief whip Simon Vuwa Kaunda and Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa witnessed the sentencing.

Ngwira’s wife Martha, legislator for Mzimba Hora, who replaced him after he was declared bankrupt and could not contest in the 2019 polls, stood motionless in disbelief as police vehicle whisked convict Mzomera away from Mzimba Magistrate Court to prison.

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Zio ine
Zio ine
13 days ago

Most Mps abuse CDF and councils should profile all errant Mps so that they should be tried. However the magistrate should have considered asking him to refund.

The Sniper
The Sniper
12 days ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Walira cadet! kikkkkkkkkk uyu akalowe ndithu kuti all Councils should take lessons

Gee
Gee
13 days ago

The high Court Judge, will u plz add 3 more years to make it 7 years coz this guy thought he was above the law coz of Diphiphi connections in those days

a Bakha
a Bakha
13 days ago

The lawyer needs to be careful coz his client must be asked to pay for the cost of the appeal ………… kikikikikikiki

Joseph Mathyola Nakali

Add two more years. Ndi mwano umenewo.

Chisale
Chisale
13 days ago

What this guy Ngwira, doesn’t know is these lawyers would do anything to milk you dry. This is a straight forward case. The best Ngwira can do is save the money left for his family. Just be careful when picking up soap during shower time, I heard some bad stories about prison shower time. 😬

Joni
Joni
13 days ago

Koma mukupusitsanatu apa….High court yikawonjezera zakatu uku….mupwetekesana ndithu!!!!!

Pitala
Pitala
14 days ago

Even if he appeals, he will lose again. Mzomera was so myopic in his actions to the extent that any reasonable action would clearly follow the audit trail and catch him and only him red handed.

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