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Court releases Gerald Viola on bail

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OUT ON BAIL –—Viola

Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba has granted bail to former National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gerald Viola, who is facing three counts of misuse of public office, interfering with public procurement and forgery.

Viola has pleaded not guilty to all the three counts.

The former NFRA Deputy CEO allegedly abused his office by unilaterally issuing a Local Purchase Order Number 6750 for Misses Trading to supply 10,000 metric tonnes of maize valued at over K3 billion for the interest of Chrispine Chingola of the company.

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Lawyer representing the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Bernard Mloza Phiri told the court that he is expected to parade eight witnesses.

“I have no objection for the accused to be granted bail,” Phiri said.

Lawyer representing Viola, Geoffrey Taunde, told the court that his client is ready to comply with the court order.

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In his ruling, Nyimba said although what Viola is being accused of is a serious offense, he has granted the suspect bail with conditions that he should pay a bail bond of K500,000 and one surety who is also supposed to pay K500,000 cash, among others.

Viola has also been ordered to report to the ACB every two weeks and to surrender his travel documents.

ACB arrested him on Friday last week.

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