Ex-Malawi Defence Force chiefs granted bail


The High Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday afternoon granted bail to former commander of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Henry Odillo and his then deputy Clement Kafuwa.

Judge Esmie Chombo granted them bail after Senior Resident Magistrate Paul Chiotcha had committed the matter to the High Court.

In an interview, Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) prosecutor, Imran Saidi, told reporters that there are a number of conditions attached to the bail of the two.


“General Odillo has been told to pay a cash bond of K2 million. Initially, the court ordered that it should be K5 million but through his lawyer, he pleaded that he will not raise that amount. The amount was then reduced K2 million. He also has a house in Area 43 which will also be attached to the bail. His travel documents should also be surrendered to the ACB,” Saidi said.

He also said General Odillo is supposed to provide three sureties, each with a non-cash bond of K5 million. He is also expected to report to Lingadzi Police once in fortnight and expected to leave Lilongwe with consent from the Director of the ACB.

The ACB prosecutor also said Kafuwa, like Odillo, had to pay K2 million cash bond, provide three sureties, each with K5 million non-cash bond, surrender travel documents to the ACB.


According to Saidi, Kafuwa has a lodge in Blantyre and it is also bonded to the bail.

In the morning, the two appeared before the Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court where they were formally charged.

Odillo and Kafuwa were arrested on Monday.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Paul Chiotcha, read out the charges levelled against the two.

According the charge sheet, as read by Chiotcha, General Odillo and Lieutenant Connell Kafuwa are answering charges in relation to payments that were made to Thuso Investments without supplying services to the MDF.

The MDF is said to have paid K1, 921,028,000.00 to the company for the supply of blank ammunition which was never delivered.

The first count is abuse of public office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act while the second one is negligence by public officer.

The third count is aiding and abetting to acquire proceeds of crime.

Odillo and Kafuwa are being represented by lawyer Donvan Silungwe.

Trial on the matter is expected to start later.

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