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COURT FINDS 4 WITH A CASE TO ANSWER OVER MILLENIUM CHALLENGE ACCOUNT FUNDS

COURT FINDS 4 WITH A CASE TO ANSWER OVER MILLENIUM CHALLENGE ACCOUNT FUNDS

On 7th 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 Bureau investigations established that Mr. Martin Zgambo and Mr. Herbert Mandala, 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 for. Ms. Eluby Chavula posed as a land owner.

Ms. Patricia Tchuwa received MK3,925,298.53 for land which was not hers.

In 2018, the Anti-Corruption Bureau took the four to Mzuzu Magistrates Court where they were charged with: • Conspiracy to corruptly obtain money contrary to Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act, • Theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code

All correspondences to be addressed to the Director quoting our reference numbers

• Attempted theft contrary to Section 401 as read with Sections 271 and 278 of the Penal Code • Making false documents contrary to Section 353 of the penal code • Money laundering contrary to Section 42(1) (c) of the Financial Crimes Act • Giving false information to the Bureau contrary to Section 14 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

The Court found the four with a case to answer. The case will go to Court for defence on a date to be communicated by the court.

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

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