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Aubrey Sumbuleta charged with six counts

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Former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director-General (DG) Aubrey Sumbuleta, who was arrested for alleged sexual assault, Wednesday appeared before Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa where he was formally charged with six counts.

Chirwa also committed the matter to the High Court following a request by the state.

Prosecutor Cecilia Zangazanga argued that the High Court would be best placed to hear the matter because of “its nature”.

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According to the charge sheet, the counts border on indecent assault and abuse of office.

Sumbuleta is alleged to have committed the indecent assault crime in 2010 while working as Deputy Director of Information and the same crime to two female employees while at MBC as DG.

The other three counts border on abuse of office while he was on the positions in 2010 and 2014.

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Sumbuleta was arrested following Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) investigations into alleged reports of sexual harassment.

In the report released late last month, MHRC recommended compensation for the four victims who willingly testified before the enquiry and reportedly suffered injustice and that Sumbuleta should be prosecuted accordingly.

The report found that the female employees were assaulted on different occasions and places by the accused who denied all the charges.

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