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Chaponda, Transglobe boss granted bail

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Just before 5PM on Thursday, the Magistrate court in Blantyre has granted bail to former Agriculture Minister George Chaponda and his accomplice Transglobe Director Rashid Tayub.

The two are to pay MK200,000 cash and non-cash sureties of K2 million kwacha each.They are also to surrender their travel documents and report to ACB every fortnight.

Earlier, the court refused to suspend a warrant of arrest for Chaponda. The defence counsel representing him applied to the court to invalidate the warrant of arrest on three grounds.

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It argued that the state through Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has blatantly as well as disobeyed terms and prescriptions contained in the warrant.

The defence counsel also argued that the ACB has hugely undermined both the rule of law and the authority of the court.

Meanwhile, the Lilongwe senior resident Magistrate Court has also granted bail CEO of Grain Traders Association of Malawi Grace Mijiga Mhango who was also arrested in connection with the maizegate.

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Senior resident Magistrate Shyreen Yona has granted the bail. Mhango, charged with forgery, was represented by Chrispin Ndalama.

The three were arrested for their alleged involvement in the dubious purchase of maize from Zambia.

 

 

 

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