Blantyre Water Board trio has case
Three Blantyre Water Board (BWB) officials implicated in the K150 million money laundering case have a case to answer, the Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Court has ruled.
The three— former BWB corporate clients officer Brian Makote, Oscar Kapito and Paul Mang’ani— are accused of creating a fake BWB welfare account which they are alleged to have used to siphon K150 million.
Senior Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba said the State has made a preliminary case against the three calling them to defend themselves.
Nyimba said the State showed that Makote was the one pushing for the encashment of a K20 million cheque from BWB Social Welfare Account at NedBank Limbe Branch while Kapito dropped a driver’s licence bearing his face while running away from the banking hall when he realised that things had gone wrong.
Prosecutor Christopher Katani welcomed the ruling.
Makote, Kapito and Mang’ani are remanded at Chichiri Prison after the court denied them bail, saying they are flight risks.
Makote was arrested by the International Police in Botswana while Mang’ani was arrested at his home after spending months on the run.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to April 9, when the three are expected to enter defence.
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