By Wezzie Gausi
Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Khoswe Chimwaza today granted bail to Anderson Mwakiyelu, Angelina Mbale, Angela Chiphiko and Hastings Genala from the Accountant Generals office.
The four, who were arrested on Thursday last week, are accused of siphoning K283 million from government coffers, alongside five other officials from the same office who were granted bail last week.
In her bail ruling, Chimwaza ordered the four accused persons to pay a cash bond of K500,000 each and provide two sureties of non-cash bond amounting to K10 million each.
“The accused persons must all surrender their travel documents to the court and inform relevant authorities if need arises of travelling. They must also report to the police headquarters once every fortnight as part of their bail condition,” Chimwaza said.
State Prosecutor Isaac Kadawayula said they will wait for the time they will appear before the court again.
Lawyers representing the accused persons were not available to give out their comments.
The accountants were arrested on suspicion that they were getting money from various government agencies through allowances.
The first five who were arrested in the same case are Estone Nephan Sani, Kondwani Luka, Phylis Kainja, Micuis Chikapusa and Verekeni Mpinganjira.
Times investigations revealed that officers at the AG’s department, including senior ones, were getting more than 40 days of allowances per month.
Commenting on the matter after initial arrests, Treasury Spokesperson Taurai Banda said investigations revealed that some members of staff were involved in dubious transactions for personal gains.