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COURT SENTENCES PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST AT THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN LILONGWE

COURT SENTENCES PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST AT THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN LILONGWE

In April, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that the
Acting Director of Science and Technology in the Ministry of Education in Lilongwe
had abused his office by using a Government Cheque to repay a personal loan.

The Anti- Corruption Bureau instituted investigations which established that Mr.
Patrick Mphadzula had used a Government cheque amounting to K300,000.00 to
repay a personal loan of K70,000.00 and asked the one he had repaid the loan to, to
cash and give back to him the remaining K230,000.00.

On 2nd May, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Mphadzula. He was taken to Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court where he was charged with abuse of office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering contrary to Section 35(1)(a) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crime and Terrorist Financing Act and theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code.

On 27th February, 2018, the Lilongwe Magistrates Court convicted him. On 17th April,
2018, the Court sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment for abuse of public office,
18 months for money laundering and 6 month for theft. The sentences have been
suspended for 24 months, 36 months and 12 months respectively.

The court said it had taken into consideration the fact that; the convict pleaded guilty, he is a first offender, the amount involved, the convict has lost employment and terminal benefits after working in Government for 23 years.

The court also ordered that the MK300, 000 involved be forfeited to the Government.

EGRITA M. NDALA
SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL

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