On 7 th December, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that Mr. Martin Zgambo, Chairperson of Village Grievances Resolution Management Committee (VGRMC) connived with Mr. Herbert Mandala of Snowy and Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC Mzuzu office) to defraud Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) funds which were meant for compensation of project affected persons (PAPs) at Sonda in Mzuzu.
The Acting Director General of the Anti- Corruption Bureau authorized investigations on 12th December, 2017. The Bureau immediately started investigations which established that the two had connived to defraud Millennium Challenge Account of K19, 738, 167.00 by presenting land for which compensation was already processed as if it was not paid.
On 21 st December, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Martin Zgambo and Mr. Herbert Mandala. They are likely to be charged with corrupt practices with private person contrary to 26 (2) of the Corrupt Practices Act, giving false information to the Bureau contrary to Section 14 1(a) of the Corrupt Practices Act and counselling other people to obtain money by false pretences and theft contrary to Section 23 and 278 of the Penal Code.
They have been taken to Court immediately after the Bureau completed interviewing them. The Court has not yet granted them bail. Trial will commence early 2018.
EGRITA M. NDALA
SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL