The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Member of Parliament for Mzimba
Hora Constituency Christopher Mzomera Ngwira over abuse funds under Local Development Fund (LDF).
A press statement from the graft-busting body’s Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala released Friday indicated that the arrest comes after the Bureau carried out investigations following an allegation it received in September 2010 over how LDF funds were used.
The ACB had received an initial complaint to do with invoices Ngwira presented of
YOGI and Mzimba Hardware, purporting to have supplied building materials for
Lukwelukwe School project, which was funded by the LDF under Mmbelwa District Council.
Investigations by the bureau established that Ngwira had advised the Project Management Committee to sign blank withdrawal slip and told them not to indicate the total amount to be withdrawn and thereafter, filled the blank withdraw slip with an amount of K650,000.
According Ndala, the figure was reduced to K250,000 in court after it transpired that Ngwira refunded K400,000.
“He is reasonably suspected to have committed an offence under Section 27(2) of the CPA [Corrupt Practices Act] in that he used his influence as a member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora Constituency to award a contract for the construction of Lukwelukwe Teacher’s House project Under the LDF Programme to Mr Louis tonga of Taonga Shopping Centre when the duty do so is with the Project Management Committee,” reads the statement.
The Mzimba First Grade Magistrate granted Ngwira bail later in the day. Some of the bail conditions are that he should pay K50,000 cash bond and a surety with K50,000 non-cash bond.
The court also told him to be reporting to ACB offices in Mzuzu once every fortnight and that he should notify the ACB when going out of Mzimba or the country.
He expected to appear in court on 15 February.
Late last year, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall
Gondwe said following an audit conducted in 18 districts, about K409 million was lost between July 2014 to 2016 which had been allocated to districts under Local Development Fund (LDF), Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and District Development Fund (DDF).
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