On 5th October, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that there were corrupt activities at Accountant General’s Office involving loss of public resources in excess of MK400 Million.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau instituted investigations which confirmed the allegation. It established that Malawi Police Service had paid Classic Motors the sum of K45,000,000.00 for no service rendered.
On 9 th December, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Vincent Churchill Nyondo (Inspector of Police, Accounts), Francis Kambova Mkwamba, owner of Classic Motors, Garnet Wilson Chandema (Assistant Commissioner) and Elijah John Wilson Kachikuwo (the then Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head of Finance at the Malawi Police Headquarters).
On 9th March, 2018, the Court sentenced the three to as follows:
Vincent Churchill Nyondo was charged with three counts of theft by public servant contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code, money laundering Contrary to 35(1)(c) of the Money Laundering , Proceeds of Serious Crime and Terrorist Financing Act and misuse of public office contrary to Section 25B(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act. He has been sentenced to ten, five and five years’ imprisonment on each of the three counts respectively.
Francis Kambova Mkwamba who was charged with one count of money laundering contrary to Section 35(1) (c) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of 2 Serious Crime and Terrorist Financing Act has been sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour.
Mr. Elijah John Wilson Kachikuwo was charged with one count of misuse of public office contrary to Section 25B(1) of the Corrupt Practices and one count of negligence of duty contrary to section 284 of the Penal Code. He was acquitted for abuse of office and convicted for negligence of duty.
On 19th December, 2017, Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court found the three guilty and convicted them. Mr. Kachikuwo was acquitted on the count of misuse of office but convicted for negligence of duty. He has been fined K2, 000,000.00 or serve two years in prison in default.
Mr. Kachikuwo has paid the fine. Meanwhile, Mr. Nyondo and Mr. Mkwamba are serving their sentences at Maula Prison which run from the date of conviction.
EGRITA M. NDALA
SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL