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High Court snubs Norman Chisale

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DENIED BAIL—Chisale

The High Court in Lilongwe has denied former President Peter Mutharika’s personal aide, Norman Chisale, bail in the case where he is being accused of murdering former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Corporate Services, Issa Njauju in 2014.

Chisale’s lawyer, Chancy Gondwe, who was in attendance at the bail hearing in Judge Ivy Kamanga’s chambers, could however not comment on the outcome of the Judgement.

Office of the Director for Prosecutions spokesperson, Pilani Masajara said the court refused to grant Chisale bail based on their arguments.

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“We objected bail, we had several reasons, at this moment we should still wait for the ruling from the court to get nitty-gritties why the court did not grant the applicant bail,” Masanjala said

Chisale did not personally appear at the court.

This means Chisale has been on remand for over 46 days as of Friday, since his first arrest on July 14, 2020.

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He was first arrested in connection with the K5 billion duty free cement procurement saga, in which Mutharika’s Tax Payer Identification Number (Tpin) was used. Chisale had surrendered himself at Area 30 police headquarters.

It is alleged that Chisale used Mutharika Tpin to import 1.2 million bags of cement duty free in three batches.

The consignment is an equivalent of 2000 thirty toner articulated trucks carrying a maximum of 600 cement bags each and is enough to build a city like Mzuzu.

Each of the consignment was valued at $2.240 million bringing the total cost of the three consignments to $6.720 million (about K5.040 billion).

The first clearance was made on November 28, 2018 while the second clearance was given on July 1, 2019. The third clearance was issued on December 16, 2019 and were all signed by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Deputy Commissioner for Technical and-Customs and Exercise, Abigail Kawamba.

Chisale was re-arrested on a charges of assault which took place in Blantyre.

The arrest happened immediately when Mutharika’s trusted security bodyguard was granted bail on the fraud and money laundering case.

Chisale was then arrested in Blantyre for being suspected to have been involved in the murder of the former Director of Corporate Services at the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Issa Njaunju.

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