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Mzomera Ngwira to be sentenced on October 12

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NDALA—Bail is revoked

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for the North, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, who was convicted Tuesday, will have to spend the next two weeks in jail awaiting his sentencing.

This is the case as the Mzimba Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court has adjourned to October 12 its final decision on the DPP official who has been found guilty of abuse of office.

Ngwira was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in 2018 over diverting funds from the Local Development Fund (LDF) when he was serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Hora Constituency.

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ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala said Ngwira has since been remanded at Mzimba Prison.

“Once a person has been convicted, bail is revoked. Malawians were eagerly waiting for justice on this case and they should be excited,” Ndala said.

Senior Resident Magistrate Mathews Msiska said he had adjourned the sentencing so that he can analyse the mitigation factors that Ngwira presented before the court following his conviction.

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Among others, the convict said he has a family that he looks after and a church that helps a lot of people. Ngwira is a pastor of Apostolic Church of Great Britain which was founded in Malawi in 1996.

His arrest came after ACB carried out investigations following an allegation report the bureau received in September 2010 over how LDF funds were used when Ngwira was MP for Mzimba Hora Constituency.

ACB had received an initial complaint to do with invoices Ngwira reportedly presented of Yogi and Mzimba Hardware, purporting to have supplied building materials for a school project, which was funded by the LDF under M’mbelwa District Council.

Investigations by the bureau established that Ngwira had advised the Project Management Committee to sign a blank withdrawal slip and told them not to indicate the total amount to be withdrawn and, thereafter, filled the blank withdraw slip with an amount of K650,000.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.

Ngwira is also answering other charges of acts intended to cause grievous harm, malicious damage, proposing violence and assault in relation to crimes which he allegedly committed in 2016.

Meanwhile, the High Court in Lilongwe is today expected to deliver its judgment in a case where, among other charges, former Minister of Home Affairs Uladi Mussa is being accused of aiding foreign nationals to obtain Malawian citizenships and passports.

Mussa was arrested by ACB in March 2017 on allegations that in 2013 when he was Minister of Home Affairs, he and other officials from the Immigration Department fraudulently issued citizenships and passports to Burundians and Rwandans, among other foreign nationals.

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