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COURT CONVICTS FORMER ACCOUNTS OFFICER AT BLANTYRE DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICE

COURT CONVICTS FORMER ACCOUNTS OFFICER AT BLANTYRE DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICE

The Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that Mr. Steven Kamphangale Banda a (former Accounts Officer) responsible for salaries at Blantyre DHO awarded himself a motor vehicle loan amounting to K2, 396,370.00 which he was not entitled to and deposited it into his SACCO account at Mudi SACCO.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau instituted investigations into the matter which established that he had committed the offence. On 29th January, 2015, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Steven Kamphangale Banda. He was taken to Court where he was charged with abuse of office contrary to Section 25 B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, obtaining money by false pretences contrary to Section 319 of the Penal Code and money laundering contrary to Section 35 (1) (a) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.

On 9th January, 2018, the Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court Convicted Mr. Steven Kamphangale Banda on the charge of money laundering. He was acquitted on the charge of abuse of office and obtaining money by false pretences. The Court did not revoke the convict’s bail. He did not appear in Court for the sentencing. He was sentenced in absentia to ten years imprisonment with hard labour on 12th January 2018. The Court issued a warrant of arrest immediately after sentencing. He was arrested on 16th January, 2018 and is serving his sentence at Zomba Prison.

The Court has forfeited K827, 570.000 which he had deposited with Mudi SACCO with the interest which accrued. It also ordered that the balance after this forfeiture should be recovered by way of confiscating his property equivalent to the amount. The Court has also ordered the sureties to explain why they should not be committed to prison for failing to ensure that the convict appears in court for sentencing.

EGRITA M. NDALA

 SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

 FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL  

 

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