Two Kasungu Municipal Council officers in court over fraud

Two Kasungu Municipal Council officers are currently under prosecution for allegedly abusing their positions, fraud and for promoting nepotism in the implementation of public works program known as Ntchito za Mthandizi in Kasungu Central Constituency.

The two, Charles Mughogho and Isaac Kanthundu were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday before were granted court bail on Friday June 16th bonded at K50,000.00 cash each with one surety each bonded at K100,000.00 each (not cash).

ACB Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala said they arrested the two following a complaint on 23rd November, 2015 that the two were abusing their positions to defraud the council.

“The Anti- Corruption Bureau instituted investigations which established that Mr. Charles Mughogho prepared a payment voucher for 25 beneficiaries and duplicated the names to make them appear as if they were 50. Charles Mughogho and Isaac Kanthundu uttered the forged beneficiary list and submitted it to Kasungu Municipal Council officials for processing of payment,” explained Ndala.

Kanthundu has been charged with one count of forgery and uttering a false document contrary to Sections 364 and 360 of the Penal Code while Mughogho has been charged with giving false information to ACB officers, forgery, theft and uttering a false document contrary to Section 14 of the Corrupt Practices Act, Sections 283, 360 and 364 of the Penal Code respectively.

Among the bail conditions, the suspects have been ordered to report to Kasungu Police Station once every fortnight, surrender travel documents to the ACB and not to leave Kasungu without the permission of the Officer In-Charge of Kasungu Police.

They are expected to be back in court on 28th June, 2017 when trial will commence.

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Harawara
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Citizens in investigation, external and internal audit area, lend me your ears how can a simple case like this one take 19 months to investigate. ACB arrested the suspects on 23rd Nov 2015 and they have investigated it for 19 months. These are amateur accounts assistants. Could such long delays not complicate cases and cause more costs and low recovery of lost public assets. What is the cause for delays is it manpower, finance, systems flaws and political influence. Why not hire private investigators for such low apolitical cases. Don’t give yourself 19 months to prosecute small fish. We understand… Read more »
Kamchacha
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Isaac Kanthundu started stealing many years ago and was being used by directors at the council. They picked him from the road as capitao and made him Foreman without any training whatsoever!
Unfortunately, he overstayed. He forgot when to say goodbye. Maybe because he comes from Kasungu and had nowhere else to go. La 40 lakwana!

Bexter Mwalija
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Kasungu Municipal Council kuli mbava no wonder Kasungu sikusuntha.Miseu yoipa kwambiri nthawi yamvula mayendedwe amavuta makamaka opita ku Maplot.Ntchito kuba basi..

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