By Wezzie Gausi:
Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba Monday granted bail to former Minister of Information Henry Mussa and former Director of Information Gideon Munthali.
The two are answering charges of theft by servant and abuse of office.
They allegedly store three generators and 10 desktop computers worth K11.5 million.
In his ruling in Lilongwe, Nyimba said the bail has been given on condition that the two would give a K500,000 cash bond each and one reliable and traceable surety who will give K250,000 cash, among others.
The two suspects will report once every fortnight to the Central Region Police office and should surrender all their travel documents to the court and will have to consult the courts every time they want to travel outside the country.
Defence lawyer Powell Nkhutabasa said he was grateful that the court has finally granted bail to the accused.
Nkhutabasa said they will make sure they abide by the bail conditions as they are waiting for the court to start hearing their case.
“The accused will appear before the court soon where they are supposed to take their plea as to whether they agree to the charges or not.
“The good thing is that the state has told the court that they have finalised their investigations; so the next thing is for the court to hear from the accused person before it gives its verdict,” Nkhutabasa said.
Nyimba has since adjourned the matter to October 20, 2020.
Munthali was arrested on September 11 while Mussa was arrested on September 13, 2020. The two were remanded at Maula Prison before being granted court bail.